Woodland Pre-School Sai Kung
The first Woodland Pre-School opened in 1978 and there are now nine across Hong Kong offering playgroup and preschool classes. The Sai Kung preschool teaches Mandarin in both its English and bilingual preschool programmes for children aged three to six. In the English programme, students learn Mandarin for 30 minutes a day including songs, games and stories. Bilingual students use Mandarin for half of the lesson time, including theme-related vocabulary and daily conversation.
Address: Shop D, G/F, Marina Cove Shopping Centre, Sai Kung
Contact: 2813 0290
Sai Kung English
Established in 2011, this family-run tuition centre offers private and group classes. Available for students of any age, private lessons start at $450 an hour. There are playgroups for younger children and group lessons for children from age four. Classes include phonics and Cambridge English. SKE also offers holiday workshops focusing on grammar, reading, writing and conversation through creative media such as baking, games, arts and crafts.
Website: www. saikungenglish.com
Contact James at 6407 8574 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Easy English for Kids
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.
Address: 28/F, Sai Keng Village, Sai Sha Road, Sai Kung
Contact: 3487 3053
Clay Story Studio
Mixing Mandarin lessons with pottery, this Sai Kung studio lets children have fun and encourages creativity while improving their Putonghua. For children aged four to 10.
Address: 32A Po Tung Road, Sai Kung
Contact: 2791 6126
DVD-based courses in English and Mandarin for children aged six and up. Episodes use bright visuals and songs to engage children with theme-driven content including transport, colours and shapes, habits and manners. From $100 each from www.clever-cloggs.com.hk and Today Speed.
Address: 26 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung
Contact: 2792 5815
Jumpstart Mandarin Learning Centre
Mandarin is taught in small group classes tailored by age and level. Younger children learn through playing with theme-related toys, songs and storytelling. As children progress, the content shifts to learning core vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading and writing. There are also workshops are available for children aged two to five years old. 2/F, 9 Tak Lung Back Street, Sai Kung, 2791 4838, www. jumpstartmlc.com.
La Petite France
This French cultural centre offers French language lessons for children aged eight to 18, including grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Language is taught through cultural topics such as French books and even wine for older groups. Three-month courses cost from $4,500 for 15 lessons.
Address: G/F, 787 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung
Contact: 2791 0082
Les Petits Lascars de Sai Kung
For children aged two and up, these classes allow children to play, interact and expand their skills in French and English. As students progress, in-depth and varied exercises teach reading, spelling and grammar and encourage spoken fluency. Classes are organised by age and ability, and taught by experienced teachers in both French and English. Holiday workshops available in French, English, Spanish and Mandarin.
Address: 2/F, 16 Wan King Path, Sai Kung
Contact: 2526 8892
Sai Kung Tutors
Linked to Sai Kung English, this learning centre offers individual and group tuition in Mandarin, Cantonese and French, as well as most academic subjects, music and photography. Qualified tutors tailor their lessons to suit primary and secondary students, including senior students on IB diploma and other examination courses. Group lessons are held in the centre, but private classes can be held at the student’s home. Classes start at $500 an hour.
Address: 1/F, 10 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung
Contact: 5321 4400
Sun Island Sai Kung
Established in 1984 and now with 10 kindergartens across Hong Kong, Sun Island runs a supplementary English course on Saturdays. Open to all preschoolers (Sun Island students $1,080; non-Sun Island students, $1,284), the 12-session course uses interactive and engaging activities such as games and storytelling to encourage children to express themselves in English.
Address: G/F, Tower 11, Lakeside Garden, 1 Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung
Contact: 2339 1145