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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Feb172014

Junior Secondary (S1 – S3)

The Junior Secondary Program recaps all grammar content taught up to this point, strengthens grammar foundations, and teaches students to acquire advanced grammar skills.  Students are required to use academic languages to complete assigned topic-specific writing tasks.  They will need to apply Critical Questioning and Thinking to strengthen their generating of ideas and content, and elaborate on their arguments at a more sophisticated level.

Junior secondary students, like those at all levels, will improve on their reasoning and logic, proofreading, and reading and presentation skills to prepare themselves for the Senior Secondary Program. These courses will also center on the applications of English literacy skills acquired in class.

Grammar

Advanced grammar will avoid the common pitfalls found in English, such as perfect and conditional tenses.  Students learn to adapt formality and grammar to the appropriate situation or context of their writing. There is a focus on the muddling of prepositions for junior secondary students.

Writing and Logical Reasoning

This component covers the advanced techniques of composing persuasive essays, descriptive essays, compare-and-contrast essays, and creative writings.  Besides, students will learn to employ academic language to deliver sophisticated claims succinctly and logically; they will learn to establish a main idea or argument, devise supporting evidence for their arguments, draw conclusions, and develop the ability to paraphrase as well as summarize. Learning to read their own works critically, with advanced proofreading techniques, as well as acquiring basic varying sentence techniques, such as beginning sentences with a variety of phrases, are necessary at this stage. 

Reading Comprehension and Oral Presentation

Improving on reading skills—locating the main ideas, understanding the text both on the literal and metaphorical levels, building vocabulary from context clues—continues to be one of the chief focuses during this stage of English literacy acquisition. Exposure to classic English Literature, such as the works of Alice Munro, Maya Angelo, William Shakespeare, Doris Lessing, Ernest Hemingway, and Salman Rushdie, and to a wide range of news and articles from The New York Times, The South China Morning Post, and The Global and Mail will help build critical analytical skills and a vocabulary.

Students will construct imaginative dialogues for plays or picture books to stimulate creative and critical thinking, and will be given the opportunity to present their ideas in front of a small, encouraging group.

The learning atmosphere is relaxed, too, intended to cultivate the love of English, building good reading habits and gaining confidence in writing and speaking English.