It’s nice to know that when things unexpectedly grind to a halt in a city, there’s still a way to continue enriching our lives and those of our kids. Just because school has stopped doesn’t mean you can’t learn a language! That’s the approach that the Hong Kong Institute of Languages is taking in today’s difficult times. For 35 years, HKIL has been teaching as many as seven languages to all age groups.
Now, kids, teens and adults alike can continue to learn safely through HKIL with a choice of flexible learning modes to suit everyone’s needs. These include: private classes; home tuition (private or semi-private); and online lessons with a qualified native teacher, involving one-on-one tuition with your teacher through Skype.
There’s no doubt that learning a new language is a lifelong asset that can open new doors and broaden your life. And HKIL provides more specific course benefits too, through its tailor-made offerings. For example:
- Beginner to advanced level and exam preparation
- Tuition in English, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese (adult courses are available in all of those, with the addition of Cantonese)
- GCSE, IGCSE, IB and other examination preparation courses such as DELF and DALF
Extra support for younger learners
Need additional learning services for your child while schools are closed? The HK Kidz Education Centre is a branch of HKIL that provides tutorial support for all ages from Kindergarten to Primary 6 level. The same previously mentioned flexible learning modes are available – private lessons, home tuition, online learning – and all classes are tailor-made to meet your child’s learning goals. Courses include:
- General subject study support and homework guidance
- Foreign language support, mother-tongue support and exam preparation for all levels in English, French, German, Spanish and Mandarin
The school is now offering an education subsidy of up to $5,000 to help you or your child’s learning progress. Plus, there’s no additional transport costs for home lessons.
35 Years On
This is a milestone year for HKIL – 35 years since its launch in Hong Kong. Dominique Chasset was one of the school’s founders. Here she explains why it’s a great idea to start children learning languages at an early age.
“HKIL was founded by my husband and myself, both teachers. As we are both French, we started off with French tuition only. At the time, teaching foreign languages to young children wasn’t a common practice. We quickly recognised there was an opportunity for improvement in the language learning process, and this improvement meant that children should start earlier. We therefore commenced offering lessons to children as young as five, designing our own materials. Nowadays, it’s a well-known fact that the earlier one learns a language, the better. Children learn a second or third language very much like they learnt their own; by hearing, playing, and doing all kind of different activities in the target language. Because they’re so young, they don’t even realise they’re in a language lesson; the language acquisition takes place naturally and spontaneously.”
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