Whether you welcome people with a “Ni hao”, “Bonjour” or “Guten Tag”, being able to speak a second language is a hugely beneficial thing. And while the best time to learn is when you’re young, it’s never too late! Here, we find out about the language courses and camps offered at The Hong Kong Institute of Languages (HKIL).
HKIL is now in its fourth decade of teaching languages to children, teens, adults, corporations and schools. Tuition is available in seven different languages – English, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese – and the specialised courses are designed to help with everything from preparing for language exams to meeting professional job requirements. According to the HKIL team, many students enrol simply because they see learning another language as a way to enhance their personal lives.
HK Kidz is a specialised kids’ arm of the institute, focusing on giving youngsters positive reinforcement to boost their confidence while strengthening their ability to communicate in a different language. Classes are delivered 100 percent face-to-face in facilities designed for children’s learning. A full range of courses is available after school and on Saturdays for all ages and levels, taught by qualified native teachers. Parents can opt for small group classes of four to eight, or tailor-made individual courses for their children.
There are specialised programmes for kids too, including a new French language foundation programme along with language camps during school holiday periods. The emphasis of the camps is to encourage children to speak as much as possible in the chosen language and become actively involved in each lesson. The French Foundation programme is a certificate course which can assist children with their applications to prestige Primary Schools that teach French as part of the curriculum. The course is designed for children aged from 4 to 12 years old and aims to teach children basic French (Beginner 1 level) while enhancing their learning through teaching the fundamental aspects of the French culture. While each lesson is structured around defined learning outcomes, the course is fun and engaging as children learn through structured creative activities that bring the language to life.
Book now for Easter!
During this year’s upcoming holiday, HKIL is offering a culturally themed language Easter Camp in French, German and English, available for ages four to 12 years. Children will learn about the language and culture of France, Germany and Great Britain through fun-based educational activities, with a curriculum inclusive of festivals, cuisine and famous places, to art, literature and family trees.
What: The French, German and English course comprises eight 1.5 hour lessons for each programme, with a choice of half-day (morning) or full-day curriculums
When: From Tuesday to Friday during the two-week Easter break (16-19 and 23-26 April).
Where: Classes are held at HKIL’s Central campus.
What else: For children who wish to take up the all-day programme (9.30am to 3.30pm), lunch will be provided free of charge by the institute’s French chef.
Central Campus: 3/F (Children), 6/F (Adults), Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street
2877 6160 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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