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

Senior Secondary (S4 – S6)

The purpose of our Senior Secondary Program is to prepare our students to tackle the university entrance exams (such as HKDSE and IELTS) and beyond. We aim higher to prepare students to attend local and overseas universities and to comprehend the tertiary-level textbooks. Once familiarized with the academic language to work on topic-specific writing tasks, students will practice Critical Questioning and Thinking to help generating ideas and contents, and to elaborate their arguments at a more sophisticated level.  Senior secondary students, like students at all levels, will continue to work on improving on their reasoning and logic, proofreading, and reading and presentation skills to prepare themselves for university. The focus is always on applying the English literacy skills acquired in classes.

Grammar

Advanced grammar continues to be central at the senior secondary level, and the focus will be catered to applications where grammatical forms are often mixed. Sentence analysis is also a routine practice to help students familiarize themselves with mixed grammar usage in the real world, and successfully blend grammar and style in their writing. We will also take aim at common grammatical errors, such as dangling modifiers, misplaced modifiers, faulty parallelism, fused sentences, and vague pronouns.

Writing and Logical Reasoning

All essays at the Senior Secondary level will be required to conform to the thesis-support structure—a structure in which the student must locate the main claim in the introduction, and follow with strong evidence and detailed analysis in support of this claim in the body of an essay. That is crucial for excelling at university entrance exams. We will teach techniques to avoid writing an academic thesis that falls flat intellectually, and to build extended arguments. They will learn to avoid a variety of logical fallacies in their writing. Besides, students will be taught to construct cohesive and coherent essays.  The types of writing assignments they can expect to master include the analytical essay, book review, critical review, position paper, comparative essay, analysis of charts and graphs, creative writing, personal reflection, and the essential personal statement for university entrance. Students are taught critical thinking skills: analysis, comparison, evaluation, argumentation, interpretation, and reflection.   Essential at this stage is to learn to read their own work with dispassionate criticism and to acquire advanced varying sentence techniques.   

Reading Comprehension and Oral Presentation

Improving on reading skills—locating the main ideas, understanding the text on both the literal and metaphorical levels, building vocabulary from context clues—continues to be an essential part of English literacy acquisition at this level.  Students will be introduced to a wide range of news and articles from The New York Times, The Economist, and The Global and Mail, and will present an academic thesis before a small, encouraging group of students to become more comfortable with giving speeches and oral presentations.