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  • English 3 Stages

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  • How much daily study is needed to learn English?

    How much is enough? To answer the question, you first need to decide what you mean by ‘learning’ English. What is your goal? Speak enough of the language to get by at a basic level on a tourist trek to the US for example? Speak it...

  • Are extra English tuition classes any use?

    Practice makes perfect! My first inclination is that yes, extra tuition will help. However, the quality and focus of the tuition is key. If you are going to pay money for additional support for your child’s language learning make...

  • Drilling in English Grammar is essential for young children……Absolutely NOT!

    It actually physically pains me to witness the amount of absolutely useless grammar drilling and ‘teaching’ that I see in schools across Asia and particularly in Hong Kong. Firstly, a child under the age of 10 is generally unable to...

  • Let it Flow

    Just speak. That’s it. Encourage your child to speak. It is impossible for a young learner of a foreign language to speak perfectly without making lots of mistakes. Making mistakes is very much part of the learning process. STOP correcting...

  • Listen, Listen, Listen

    Why do we have language? We have many types of language, spoken, written, body, sign, computer, jargon, and many specialist professional languages. Your young child is still primarily concerned with grasping her first language and now you are...

  • How Can Children Best Learn a Foreign Language?

    We have an innate ability to learn language. It is instinctive to communicate with each other. Young children generally find it easier to learn a foreign language than adults probably because they just use the language they have been exposed...

  • Measuring Progress

    Testing is ‘hot’ throughout Asia. Parents all want their child to get A+ in tests. Who wouldn’t? Let me put this to you. ‘Testing’ as we see in Hong Kong and China is for the most part inappropriate for young...

  • Beware of Trap of English Education

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  • Interest in English

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