In April 2016, Ready To Learn celebrated its 20th birthday! We are delighted & proud to have been able to celebrate this huge milestone.
After supervising the teaching of English, especially phonics, at St. Catherine’s Kindergarten in Kowloon Tong for 20 years, Elaine Shannon (our founder) saw a need for primary students to benefit from phonic decoding to improve their reading standard. She decided to write her own material to ensure it was based on a step-by- step, systematic structured syllabus. The current syllabus is linked to and supports the National Curriculum in Hong Kong.
Elaine wrote the initial structured method of teaching English in 1995 and established Ready To Learn Hong Kong Ltd (RTL) in April 1996. RTL started with 28 students from both kindergarten and primary schools and rapidly expanded. To keep pace with the students who wanted to continue at RTL until Senior Secondary School and HKDSE, Elaine Shannon increased the curriculum to cover 15 levels. This has equipped the students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to gain entry to their university of choice, both local and overseas.
The Ready To Learn programme, which is exclusive to RTL, is based on more than 40 years of teaching experience and provides long term benefits to the students by helping them to; build a solid foundation for their future academic success, think independently and develop self-confidence in using English at school, in exams and in life.
Since 1996, our English programme has been taught over 1 million times and has helped students to enter prestigious schools and universities both in Hong Kong and overseas. Ready To Learn students consistently achieve among the highest pass rates in Hong Kong. Our team takes pride in ensuring our students are totally prepared for these exams. In the near future, look out for new Ready To Learn centres in an area near you.
Our former student, Herbert Chiu, who is also a father of two RTL students:
- Chi Hang – Form 2 student, attending lessons at RTL for over 3 years
- Emily – Now at college in UK. Attended lessons at RTL in preparation for leaving HK
made the following comments:
“Unlike other tuition schools, Ready To Learn’s teachers not only teach the students the examination syllabus, but they also compile English lessons based on real life, so that students can learn practical English step by step and be able to finish the course happily and easily. My daughter Emily, my son Chi Hang and I really appreciate the help given by RTL. Meanwhile many students benefit from the high standard English course each year. I wish that Ready To Learn will continue to prosper in the future.”
Jason Yeung, a form 3 student who has attended lessons at RTL for over 9 years commented “Studying at Ready To Learn is fun. The material is interesting and the RTL story is great. Throughout primary and secondary school, Ready To Learn has taught me skills that I need to use in my school work.”
Debbie Lam, a form 4 student who has attended lessons at RTL for 11 years said “Ready To Learn has helped me through kindergarten, primary and secondary school. My sister also came to lessons here and we both have confidence in communicating in English. The books are easy to follow and the teachers make the lessons fun.”