Staff Profile/English Language Department


John Tait

I have been active in the Hong Kong education scene for over 30 years, having taught in international schools and in the Hong Kong University Community College and HKU Space programmes for adults.


At ESF Island School, my range of teaching covered Year 7 (Form One) to Year 13 (Form Seven), along with participation in extracurricular activities from music and EAL teaching to both shorter and longer-term visits out of school. My role as a Housemaster for 10 years was a challenging but interesting and enjoyable experience. A new posting to Yew Chung International School in Hong Kong provided me with a chance to teach English in an intensive programme at IGCSE (First and Second Language) and IB Diploma level.


Extracurricular activities included organising a "one to one" reading programme, French Club, overseeing a monthly school newsletter as well as educational day visits within Hong Kong, e.g. to the Hong Kong History Museum, overseas trips to Europe (the Czech Republic and Greece), America (Florida) and to China (Huangshan).


Throughout the whole period, teaching English as an additional language has been an integral part of my work, thanks to the language branches of the three educational institutions mentioned – Island School, YCIS and HKU Space. I am still enjoying this educational journey due to the interaction, stimulation and interest it affords.