after school ni hao
apprendre le français
Mind your language
It’s never too soon to start learning a second language. Annie Wong checks out classes for kids.
British Tutors Individual or group lessons in a variety of languages including English, German, Latin and Spanish can be held at the student’s home or online. Tutors are matched to each child’s educational needs to form a better rapport and match the teaching to a child’s learning style. Prices vary with location. Classes cover phonics, reading, comprehension and creative writing. Interactive holiday workshops are also available. Unit D, 11/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central, 8191 2252, www.britishtutors.com.
Easy English for Kids Based in Sai Kung, Easy English for Kids runs English and Mandarin playgroups taught by native language teachers as well as language tuition for children aged three and up. Playgroups have up to seven students and cost $190 each; tutorials are $200 for a group class or $275 for a private session. As well as reading, discussions and sing-a-longs, activities aim to explore children’s creativity and develop interpersonal skills. 28/F, Sai Keng Village, Sai Sha Road, Sai Kung, 3487 3053, www.eek.com.hk.
GAIA World Language Founded in 2013 by three mothers, GAIA World Language offers classes in Chinese, English, Spanish and Latin for all ages. All
materials are produced in house and are taught by native language teachers in an interactive group environment. It aims to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening with a focus on grammar and pronunciation. Classes are available seven days a week and start at $400/hour. 9/F, Universal Trade Centre, 3 Arbuthnot Road, Central, 2530 9888, www.gaialanguage.com.
Tutors are matched to a child’s educational needs to form a better rapport Interactive French With tutors from French-speaking countries, this educational centre teaches French to children of all ages in either private or group lessons. French for Toddlers (aged two-four years) teaches young children basic sounds and vocabulary in familiar themes such as greetings, family, school and home. French for Children (aged five-12) uses practical and proven interactive learning activities. From $4,500 for a course of 15-20 sessions. Unit D, 3/F, Man Lok Building, 89-93 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, 3563 5263, www.interactivefrench.hk.
International Tuition Services ITS offers educational support for children from 18 months to 18 years. Its language tuition includes Mandarin, English, Spanish and French, taught by highly qualified tutors using materials supplied. Prices start at $550 a class, with private or group sessions available to engage children in speaking, listening and writing with confidence. ITS has centres in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, www.tuition.com.hk.
KidsEdge Experienced native English-speaking teachers offer language tuition for children from age two in groups of up to four or private lessons. Courses include Kindy Cambridge, public speaking, storytelling and interview skills. Prices vary, from $660 for two classes a week to $1,350 for five classes a week. 2302 Universal Trade Centre, 3 Arbuthnot Road, Central, 2868 0636, www.kidsedgeeducation.com.hk.
Mandarin for Munchkins Part of Yifan Mandarin school, Mandarin for Munchkins runs age-appropriate language classes for children aged one to eight years at all levels. Lessons are held seven days a week in recreation clubs as well as the school’s premises in Central and Discovery Bay. Classes are held in groups of up to six students and cost $190-$250 each. Language
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