“We are eager to make significant changes to the language education environment in Hong Kong, because language transforms lives,” says JACK WAN, Director of EUREKA LANGUAGE SERVICES LTD.


Jack Wan, Director

Boosting English-language competency can only bode well for Hong Kong’s upwardly mobile workforce as local companies expand their geographical footprint world-wide. Jack Wan, director of Eureka Language Services, knows this from his company’s experience in encouraging Hong Kong students to invest time and effort to embrace the English language from a young age.

“Language learning experiences can occur in different contexts outside the school and the business world is one of them. I think it would be beneficial if the government could help to forge connections between international English-speaking companies and schools. Through these connections, schools can be encouraged to organise company visits, which can benefit students as they gain more exposure to real-life workplace English, realise the importance of it, and thus better prepare themselves for their future career prospects,” notes Wan.

“Another thing the government can do is to create English-speaking communities by promoting the use of English within revitalised industrial buildings. For example, the government can provide monetary incentives (e.g. reduced rents) to tenants who are able to commit to running their businesses in English.”   

“I’d say, don’t put students off learning English by insisting on absolute perfection. Instead, encourage students to appreciate the malleability of the English language and just have fun,” – Jack Wan, Director

What Schools Must Rethink     

“Good students make improvements through a trial-and-error process, and good schools allow them the freedom to do so because failure is an essential part of any learning processes,” says Wan adding that “the Hong Kong education culture has always placed a great emphasis on the value of success while neglecting the value of failure. In order to succeed in language education, it is extremely important that schools help their students overcome their fear of using the language.”

“I’d say, don’t put students off learning English by insisting on absolute perfection. Instead, encourage students to appreciate the malleability of the English language and just have fun! In fact, that’s how many polyglots master languages—by having fun with the language.”

Eureka’s Unique Approach

Eureka prides itself on its expertise in providing schools with a wide range of courses and workshops (e.g. English Drama, English STEAM Courses, English Debate and Public Speaking Courses, etc.).

Eureka can also offer tailor-made or culture-based English courses to suit different schools’ needs.

“We recruit native-speaking English teachers (NETs) from overseas to teach in Hong Kong. Our handpicked NETs are charismatic and well-qualified, so every student can have the most motivating learning experience possible and fall in love with the English language.

“We hope, with all our teachers from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, and a number of English-speaking countries, we can educate our students about the different unique uses of the English language whilst exchanging cultural awareness.”

When asked about his firm’s mission, Wan said: “I am reminded of a quote by Margaret Mead when I think about Eureka — ‘Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.’ This is the spirit of Eureka and my personal motto.”

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