Language Time

English Time
Hooked on Phonics (Age 3+)

Phonics is the association between the letters in the alphabet and the sounds in the spoken language. Research has shown that a strong understanding of the relationship between letters and sounds helps children learn to read. That's because the sounds letters make are the building blocks of words. For example, by combining the sounds made by the letters c, a, t, children can read cat. When children learn to recognize letter sounds and combine them to read words, they are developing important skills they need for learning to read.

Hooked on Phonics is a highly popular systematic way of learning phonics in the States. It adopts a proven learn-practice-play approach which provides children with bite-sized pieces of new information in every lesson so they are able to master the new concept and achieve success every time.

LEARN: Kids learn a new skill or concept.
PRACTICE: Kids practice the concept until they master it.
PLAY: Kids read great books and play games so they can enjoy applying their new knowledge.

We offer the following Hooked on Phonics courses:

Get Ready to Read (Pre-K): Letter Sounds (20 lessons)
This course teaches pre-readers the skills needed to build a foundation of reading success. Kids are introduced to letter sounds and body movements using letter and picture cards, a workbook, and a CD-ROM filled with fun alphabet songs.
Learn to Read - Kindergarten (24 lessons)
Kids learn about letters and sounds, learn how to put them together to form words, and then read great stories and books using the words just learned. Packed with musical audio CDs, flash cards, a workbook, and a library of 24 magical books, Hooked on PhonicsR Learn to Read - Kindergarten is a great way to get started with basic phonics skills.
Learn to Read - Grade 1 (24 lessons)
Designed to teach beginning and ending sound combinations and word endings, this first-grade learn-to-read kit is loaded with audio CDs, flash cards, and workbooks to appeal to visual, auditory, and experience-based learners. Plus, kids move past just reading storybooks and are introduced to reading chapter books designed to reinforce the skills already learned.
Learn to Read - Grade 2 (24 lessons)
Using audio CDs, flash cards, and workbooks filled with activities and stories, kids learn about long vowels, complex vowels, and challenging sound combinations. Plus, with the help of adventure-filled chapter books, kids turn reading practice into reading fun!

Cambridge Young Learners English (Age 5+)

The aim of these courses is to improve your children's listening, speaking and writing skills so that they are well-equipped not just for the YLE tests, but also for their daily use. Examples are drawn from everyday experience so that children are able to relate their learning with their daily living.

Of course, learning English as a second language is quite different from the way the native speakers do. We will help build up children's vocabulary so that they have more variety of words to use in both speaking and writing English. We also let children know the more colloquial way of speaking English so as to improve their conversation skill.

We offer the following Cambridge YLE courses:

Course Suitable for Course Description Class Duration Course Duration
Pre-starters K3 - P2 This course will bring the children's English level to meet the STARTERS level by building up their vocabulary and grammaical skills. Also using various conversation exercises to improve children's speaking skill. 1 hour 20 classes
Starters K3 - P2 These courses will concentrate on improving children's ability in the three components of the YLE test: Reading & Writing, Listening and Speaking. Teacher will share the technique of the tests using past papers as examples. 1 hour 30 classes
Movers P3 - P4
Flyers P5 - P6

For all new students, an assessment will be given to help identify the proper level for each child.

Putonghua Time

Putonghua is getting very popular these days. More and more primary schools are starting to teach the Chinese subject using Putonghua and so getting a hand on it will make kids' lives much easier once they have to use Putonghua in school.
Learning Putonghua can be interesting and enjoyable for young children. Our Native Putonghua teacher will make use of stories, songs and simple crafts to arouse children's interest in this ever-popular language.

Putonghua Kiddy (age 3-5)

Rhymes, songs, stories and crafts - these are the elements we will use to develop children's interest in Putonghua. Chinese poems will also be used and you'll be amazed how quickly children are able to recite these beautiful poems in a sing-song manner.

Pinyin (age 6+)

Just like phonics in English, knowing pinyin in Putonghua will enhance children's listening and speaking ability of this language. Our teacher will gradually introduce pinyin through games and activities. Having a good foundation in pinyin will increase children's sensibility of intonation.

Beginners (10 lessons)
Children will learn the basic pinyin rules and their writing. Children will reinforce their learning through rhyme, reading and worksheets.
Intermediate (10 lessons)
More complex Pinyin rules will be introduced through speaking and writing. Children will be encouraged to listen and speak more through various activities.

GAPSK Examination Prep class

This is by far a more recognised Putonghua open exam in Hong Kong for primary and secondary school students. It is a general exam on the listening, speaking, reading and writing ability in Putonghua.

P1 - P3 (20 lessons of 1 hour each)
P4 - P6 (20 lessons of 1.5 hour each)