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Student Focus: An Intern’s Experience with Chatteris


Thanks to a generous donation from one of our trustees, Chatteris is joined by student summer interns each year, recruited directly from one of our partner schools. These interns work with the team to create materials and resources, support the logistics of the organisation, and prepare for the academic year ahead. It is a great opportunity for students to gain some professional experience while still in school, and begin honing their all-important transferable skills – in addition to improving their communicative English proficiency and confidence. We sat down with them to discuss the impact that Chatteris Tutors have had on them and their school, and the importance of English language learning in Hong Kong.



What were your interactions with CNETs (Chatteris Native-speaking English Tutors) in school like, inside and outside of the classroom?

During school, the CNETs are zealous and eager to teach students of various levels, and are always willing to interact in many creative ways. Especially during class, I enjoy the CNETs being very animated and passionate towards teaching students, and also they give supportive comments to further encourage students to interact and participate more. For example, they would go out of their way to chat with quieter students to make them feel seen and participate in the lesson. I think the CNETs are extremely enthusiastic about teaching me and other students.


How have the CNETs contributed to the English language learning environment in your school? 

A CNET interacting with students during their recess.

I think that they have created a much more supportive, open, and interactive 

English learning environment at school. As they are optimistic during their time with students, I have noticed that students, including myself, feel more positive and passionate about learning English under their guidance.

I also think that they have boosted students’ confidence in learning English, mainly because CNETs are eager to teach students, and always leave positive feedback or encouragement for us. It really furthers students’ interest in learning English.


How important is learning English in Hong Kong, in your opinion? 

From my perspective, I think learning English is crucial in Hong Kong, whether it is in school or in the real world – it is a key skill to hone. English is still important within our increasingly interconnected and globalised city. Learning English provides a competitive edge to students, aiding them to interact with diverse cultures, enhance their job opportunities locally and globally, and stimulate intellectual growth.


Especially being a student, English is still crucial towards university entrance, employability, and further goals ahead. Hence, I think English is an important language for students to learn and grow beside with.


How has the need to speak English impacted your learning and career plans?

As an aspiring student wanting to dive into the world of English literature and education, the need to continuously learn and master the English language is still a daily goal for me to pursue my dreams of being an English writer or teacher. 


Because I want to strive for a career in English, the need to speak English daily is a major part to hone my skills towards achieving my goal. I think that speaking English can expand my vocabulary, improve critical thinking and my public speaking skills, which are all important to boost to move forward towards my goals.


How does proficiency and confidence in English affect your chances of being accepted into a Hong Kong university?

As English is a core subject within the HKDSE syllabus, attaining a Level 3 or above strengthens students’ chances of being accepted into a local university. Within the English curriculum, language proficiency is a crucial element towards achieving a decent grade, most apparent in the four papers within the subject: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Additionally, I think that confidence in English is most commonly required in the speaking portion of the exam, because it necessitates students to have confidence in themselves to express their ideas, which is why proficiency and confidence plays an important role within students’ chances of acceptance.


Thank you for your time!



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