Thanks Gloria! The time you must have dedicated to your criticism and marking of my assignments was not just staggering, but let me know that you cared. I owe some of my success to that, and the rest to you. 

I had attended a number of tutorial centers. None could have ever offered the attention and detailed markings I got from Gloria’s.  She is awesome.

When I first attended Gloria’s class, I was so out of practice that I could barely write an English sentence.  I could not believe that after a couple of terms, I am already writing sophisticated argumentative essays.  She helps me to overcome my anxieties in writing, and I will not disappoint her in my DSE English exam. 

I am a manager for an international brand in Hong Kong.  In a matter of weeks, Gloria taught me IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), report writing and presentational skills. She has boasted my English confidence significantly.  Thank you, Gloria.  You’re a great mentor.  

I consider myself fortunate to have had Gloria as my DSE English Literature teacher. Many thanks for her precise notes and devotion to the detailed correction of my essays. During the relatively short time Gloria taught me (I came to know her when I was S6), my English Literature rose from the 50s to 70s within three months.  I wish I’d known her in S4.

Thanks Gloria for training my eight-year-old daughter to complete at the Hong Kong English Speech Festival and thanks for teaching her IPA in such a short time.  I give you the credit for her winning the first prize.  This is one of the comments I received from the adjudicators: “[My daughter] takes care in making the pronunciation accurate”. 

Never have I had an English teacher who would devote such a great deal of time marking my essays.  She has made me take my writing seriously.  Thank you for your support.  

My son has exceeded all expectations in IGCSE English exam.  Gloria deserves tremendous credit for his achievement.  She continues to tutor my son even after we moved to England! 

I came for Gloria’s assistance after I received a 6.5 on IELTS, and asked her assistance to boost my marks to 7.5 within a month (for university admission)!  I nailed 7.5 in four lessons, and with my third attempt I got 8. I’ll keep booking writing lessons with her whenever time allows.  

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Allegory is a form of extended metaphor in which objects, persons, and actions in a narrative carry meanings that lie outside the narrative itself.  It thus represents one thing in the guise of another – an abstraction in a concrete image.  Allegorical characters are usually personifications of abstract qualities; the action and the setting are representative of the relationships among these abstractions.  Allegory attempts to evoke a dual interest:  one in the events, characters, and setting presented, and the other in the ideas they are intended to convey and the significance they bear. 

For example, John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678) allegorizes the Christian doctrine of salvation by telling how the character Christian, warned by Evangelist, flees the City of Destruction and makes his way laboriously to the Celestial City; enroute, with characters with names like Faithful, Hopeful, and the Giant Despair, he passes through the Slough of Despond, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, and others.  Any passage from this work indicates the nature of an explicit allegorical narrative. 

DSE students of Literature in English should ask themselves to what extent we can read William Golding’s Lord of the Flies as an allegorical novel?