Quality of teachers the key to good learning

As interest in languages in the city has increased over the past years, "teachers" who don't hold professional certificates are rife, Dominique Chasset, one of the founders and directors of the privately run Hong Kong Institute of Languages, said the public should be careful when picking a language centre or tutor.

"People should be more wary," she said. "They tend to judge their learning experience based on price. Ok, it's cheaper, I'll go there. But, if you think logically, when you pay peanuts, you won't get much, unless you are in a big class. With a good teacher you will learn more effectively and it takes less long."

Chasset noted that the fact that someone is a native speaker is not a guarantee of having good teaching skills.

"There are many people who don't have teacher certificates, who are not qualified, but who pretend to be qualified," she said.

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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 December, 2015, 3:00am, SCMP

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