Witnessing students’ improvement in English and growth in confidence is my greatest pleasure.
I hope to motivate my students to explore the fun in learning a language.
Alison Fu graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with a BBA in Management.
She has been teaching at i-Learner for over three years,
coordinating Advanced Grammar and Reading and exam practice.
She understands what local students most need in order to achieve high grades in English.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – BBA Management
Allison Cho graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Her undergraduate studies mainly focused on literature, especially world literatures. During her undergraduate studies, she undertook an exchange semester in Mexico to enrich her international experience. Her journey learning Spanish has given her insights into second language acquisition. She believes that if students immerse themselves in English then they will be able to make great progress.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong - BA English (Minor in Spanish)
Maddie has a background in Psychological & Behavioural Sciences, including modules in
Education (Language, Communication & Literacy and Psychology of Education). She is
passionate about helping young people to raise their aspirations and reach their full potential,
both in and out of the classroom. In her spare time, Maddie enjoys volunteering with youth
charities in London and reading sci-fi novels.
University of Cambridge: BA Psychological & Behavioural Sciences
As an English student, Annabel Jackson is passionate about reading and writing and has
taken modules in everything from Shakespeare to Film Criticism in her time as an
undergraduate. She has written articles and poetry for many student newspapers and
magazines at Oxford and has done an internship specialising in children’s literature. Outside
of i-Learner, Annabel has also enjoyed privately tutoring English GCSE students in the UK,
and she plans to continue her studies with a Masters at Oxford next year.
University of Oxford: BA English Language and Literature (graduating 2020)
Angel graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a double degree in English Literature and Law, and a minor in Fine Arts. During her university years, Angel received professional legal training and conducted research on British and American literature, film, and art history. Angel’s education means that she brings a deep knowledge of literature and an understanding of critical thinking skills to her lessons. Prior to joining i-Learner, she has worked in a solicitors’ firm and various arts organisations.
The University of Hong Kong - Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies and Bachelor of Laws (Double Degree)
Brenda Lo graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a BA in Comparative Literature. She pursued her further studies at the University of Saint Joseph and qualified for her MA in Education. She brings her understanding of education to every classroom. Brenda enjoys learning languages herself.
University of Hong Kong - BA Comparative literature
University of Saint Joseph - MA Education
University of Cambridge - CELTA Diploma
OnTESOL - TESOL Diploma
Celine Cai majored in English at Sun Yat-sen University and continued her studies at the City
University of Hong Kong, graduating with a Master’s degree in English Studies.
On her exchange programme in the University of Cologne, Germany, Celine came to realise the importance of
learner-centred approaches from her language acquisition studies there. After graduation,
she worked in translation before becoming a language teacher.
Drawing from her experience with language learning and teaching,
she seeks to guide students to explore the expressive power and beauty of language.
Sun Yat-sen University - BA English Language and Literature
City University of Hong Kong - MA English Studies
Katherine Males enjoys connecting with people across the world through teaching, reading,
and writing. Her BA at Cambridge University allowed her to focus on the Sociology of Education, p
articularly the idea of education as empowerment. Alongside teaching, she works for Refugee Action,
advocating for asylum seekers experiencing homelessness and destitution in London.
She is also interested in criminology and the prison system, and the role of education in promoting
University of Cambridge: BA Human, Social, and Political Sciences
Charles first joined i-Learner as an undergraduate,
taking part in the summer programme that gives Oxbridge undergraduates a taste of
Hong Kong life and our education system. He worked with a wide range of students,
teaching everything from poetry to the past tense, Shakespeare to similes.
He loves all types of culture, including books, video games, theatre, and film,
and he even writes about them regularly online. He’s also passionate about cooking,
so when he’s not teaching, you can find him in the kitchen,
trying to perfect his next recipe. Above all, he’s a typical Englishman,
therefore absolutely obsessed with tea.
University of Oxford: BA English Language and Literature
Christine Theron is currently completing a Masters degree and her dissertation focuses on
values, how they influence school culture and ultimately student outcomes. She has taught
English in Asia, South Africa and Mexico and understands diverse students’ needs, especially
second language speakers. She has also worked in the NGO sector and is therefore a firm
believer in education as a change agent for growth and opportunities. She has a love of
learning, about people and places and new ideas and embraces opportunities for travel and
exploration to find out more.
The University of Bristol – Msc Education (currently completing)
The University of South Africa – BA (Hons) Development Studies
The University of Cape Town – BSocSci (Anthropology and Psychology)
Francesca Reed completed her undergraduate degree in Education and Theology in June
2019; within the course, she focused on education in international contexts and completed her
dissertation on the role of teachers in refugee education in Malaysia. Francesca has teaching
experience with children from Hong Kong, Australia and the UK. She has also undertaken
internships and research work for UN agencies and NGOs, including work centred on child
rights and education.
University of Cambridge: BA Education and Theology
Claudia Kwok graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Korean. Her studies mainly focused on English literature and linguistics, especially on children’s literature. During her university years, she also concentrated on second language acquisition and translation courses, which equipped her with the knowledge and skills to teach English.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong - BA English
Cori Wong graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor’s
degree in Anthropology and a minor in Spanish. Prior to joining i-Learner,
Cori gained teaching experience with students from both local and international schools.
She brings this knowledge and awareness to all of her English lessons. She also worked
in London for two years, and her time there showed her how crucial languages can be to one’s life.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong – BA Anthropology
Dorothy Wong graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English Literature.
Her studies were focused on analysing literary texts and relating them to bigger themes.
She studied in Hong Kong prior to going overseas for university education,
so she understands well what it takes for Hong Kong students to master English.
Dorothy Wong graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English Literature. Her studies were focused on analysing literary texts and relating them to bigger themes. She studied in Hong Kong prior to going overseas for university education, so she understands well what it takes for Hong Kong students to master English.
Esme Kwok graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a BA in Translation and Social Policy. Her translation studies focused on comparative linguistics and the interpretation of languages in different contexts, including short stories, drama, and business communication. Esme also took valuable courses in youth development, counselling and mediation, which have helped her better understand and work with young people.
The University of Hong Kong - BA Translation
Haydn Lo graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University, where he studied English as his major. He then travelled to the UK to pursue his MA, focusing on English literature in the postmodern era. His love of literature has enabled him to study a wide range of texts, and he enjoys sharing his passion for reading with his students. Haydn has also taken courses in language acquisition and teaching English, and he has honed these skills through his work as a mentor in a local primary school.
University of York: MA Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture
Hong Kong Baptist University: BA English Language and Literature
Holly Fung is a graduate of the University of Sheffield,
where she focused her studies on Communicative Language Teaching.
Holly previously attained As in all her papers for A-Level Use of English,
and now works closely with the DSE curriculum at i-Learner.
Holly specialises in examination technique analysis and training.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - BBA Management
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - BBA Management
Iain MacDonald graduated from the University of Manchester with a BEng in Chemical Engineering. He then moved to Hong Kong to pursue a career in teaching. Iain has a passion for outdoor pursuits and brings energy and fun to all of his English classes at i-Learner.
University of Manchester – BEng Chemical Engineering
University of Manchester – Post Grad Cert. Chemical Engineering
University of Toronto - TEFL Certificate
Joyce Wong graduated from University College London with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. As a native English speaker, she understands English deeply, and can help students fully express themselves. She has worked with children and young people in various capacities from running fundraising clubs to working as a private tutor
University College London (UCL) – BSc Biomedical Sciences
Being able to read a child’s mind and to help with their cognitive and personal development is a gift. I am glad that I am blessed with it.
B.A. HKU (English)
PGDE CUHK (English)
PG Shakespeare Institute
M.A. IOE,University of London
Liliana has degrees in a range of ancient and modern literatures and languages, and she brings her love for learning these to her teaching. Fluent in six languages, she has taught students of all ages across Europe and Asia. Before moving to Hong Kong, Liliana lived in Beijing, where she worked in journalism and research. Outside of the classroom, Liliana enjoys practising her translation skills. She has produced translations of Mandarin and French texts, several of which have been published in the US, China and the UK.
University of Oxford: DPhil in English Literature
University of Oxford: MSt Medieval Studies (Distinction)
University of Oxford: Classics and French (First Class)
Matthew Hui graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA in International Relations. Not only is he interested in international politics, but he also loves everything theatre related. His acting experience allows him to incorporate dramatic techniques, such as play-acting and word games, into his teaching. This brings the classroom to life! Matthew loves both the English and Chinese language. His translation work has enabled him to make interesting connections between the two languages, which he uses to engage his students and keep them interested in learning. Matthew enjoys participating in amateur theatre and conducting translations in his spare time.
University of St Andrews: MA International Relations
Robert Burton graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in English. His studies focused on English literature and how a text creates an experience for its reader. Later, Robert went on to study for an MSc in Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. In his free time, he is interested in writing and European languages, which both give him a deep understanding of how to guide Hong Kong students with their own English language studies.
University of Cambridge - BA English
University of Edinburgh - MSc Social Sciences
Steven Lai graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA in English and
Philosophy. His studies focused on the psychology and methodology of English
teaching as well as the history and development of the English language. His
philosophical background has allowed him to explore complex questions with older
students, while also helping younger ones to think critically. In his spare time, he
enjoys reading literature, ranging from Russian classics to modern political theories;
Steven believes that only through reading can we truly grasp the different applications
of English in its authentic contexts. Outside of teaching, Steven is a singer-songwriter
and strives to extend his passion for language through his music.
University of Nottingham - (BA) English and Philosophy
Victor Wong graduated from City University of Hong Kong with a first-class honours
degree in English. His undergraduate studies covered Linguistics, Translation, English
Literature and Cultural Studies, and he uses all these elements to provide well-
rounded teaching to his students. Before coming to i-Learner, he gained experience
teaching in a variety of settings, including secondary schools, an English learning
centre, and on an individual basis.
Victor’s love of languages has led him to become fluent in Swiss German and Korean
as well as English. He has also been able to experience immersive language learning
environments while living in Switzerland and New Zealand. His own language-
learning journeys have given him an appreciation for immersion and authentic
interactions. He strives hard to bring both of these elements into the classroom when
City University of Hong Kong - BA in English Studies (English for the Creative Professions)
Hong Kong International Institute of Educational Leadership - Certificate Programme on Values Education
Lucy has taught English to students of a wide range of ages and levels.
She has taught face-to-face in i-Learner’s Hong Kong office as well as
online via their v-Learner programme. She’s also worked as a teacher in
Laos and created her own teaching materials. In her free time, Lucy enjoys
reading, playing squash and painting.
University of Cambridge: BA Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion (graduating 2021)
Victoria Coffen-Smout graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in Human
Geography and a minor in Urban Studies. She started work with i-Learner in the Hong Kong office
and now works remotely, developing written and audio learning resources to strengthen students’
English. Prior to returning to teaching, she also worked in the government and NGO sectors
in Canada and enjoys facilitating informal learning about various global issues.
She will return to her British roots to begin an MSc in Disasters, Adaptation &
Development at King’s College London in autumn 2020.
University of Toronto: BA (Hons) Human Geography and Urban Studies
Willow Hewitt has degrees in both the arts and sciences, and enjoys working with young people who are keen students in both of these fields. She writes a regular column in the Education section of Playtimes, Hong Kong’s leading English medium parenting magazine. In her spare time, Willow continues to dedicate herself to writing and is currently working on a series of mystery novels set in the Peak District in the north of England.
University of Cambridge – BA Natural Sciences
The University of Manchester - MA Creative Writing
Yamon graduated from Lingnan University in Hong Kong with a BBA in Marketing. Her studies also focused on creative writing in English and the fundamentals and history of the English language. Yamon has also studied abroad at Butler University in the United States of America where she studied creative writing. She has written several English short stories and has been featured on PEN Hong Kong. Having lived in Hong Kong for over three years, she is familiar with the culture and mindsets of her students. She has also volunteered as a mentor to under-privileged students and has worked as a private native English tutor.
Ms. Tsoi graduated from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in Chinese Language and
Literature as well as Geography. She has participated in exchange program at Peking University
and has learned from students who have a deep interest in Chinese literature and culture. This
learning experience has enabled her to have more knowledge and inspiration for Chinese
literature. In addition to literature, Ms. Tsoi is also deeply interested in physical geography, so
she studied Geography. She went to Australia to participate in a geographical expedition to
understand the impact of crustal activity on land and sea. During her studies, Ms. Tsoi worked in
tutorial schools and further enrolled in education-related courses. She therefore understands the
current learning difficulties of students and the exam modes of mainstream schools. She hopes
that students can apply what they have learned and love learning.
The University of Hong Kong – BA Chinese Language and Literature
The Chinese language plays a greater role in Hong Kong society than ever before. At the same time, the discrepancy between the written and oral forms of the language can make it seem distant from our everyday lives. As a teacher, I love to share the true beauty of this language with children and show them that Chinese is not just a school subject, but a language to live with.
University of Hong Kong BA (Chinese Language and Literature and Translation)