Tuesday 20 January 2015


British Council announces the opening of its new English Language Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui
The first myClass centre in Hong Kong 

The British Council announces the opening of its new English Language Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, specially designed for adult students who follow the flexible myClass learning model. An opening ceremony, attended by Robert Ness, Director, British Council Hong Kong, Mhairi-Anne González, Director English Language Services, British Council Hong Kong, Adele Chia, Director, Sales and Customer Management, British Council East Asia, Esther Blythe, Deputy Head of Mission, British Consulate General, and other guests from the academic community, was held on Saturday, 17 January at the new English Language Centre to celebrate the occasion.

The event was opened with a welcome address by Robert Ness, who was joined by Mhairi-Anne González and Adele Chia for a roasted pig cutting ceremony to celebrate this important milestone for the British Council. These officiating guests were later joined by Esther Blythe for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a lion dance on the ground floor to bring good fortune to the new English Language Centre.

The new English learning centre is the first myClass centre in Hong Kong, and is equipped with the latest technology to provide the optimum learning environment and a productive, progressive and enjoyable learning experience for students. A full range of customer services will be provided at the centre, including placement tests and course consultations provided by professional course consultants, to support new students in selecting the most suitable class according to their English levels.

‘We are excited about the opening of the new English language centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, which will establish a new benchmark in the British Council’s global network and reinforce our role as the UK’s organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities in Hong Kong,’ said Robert Ness. ‘English is one of the three focuses of our work as it helps open up opportunities for people of all ages in Hong Kong. We are confident that this new myClass centre will provide an enjoyable and fruitful English learning experience for our customers.’

‘The British Council has 35 years of teaching experience in Hong Kong and we are always working to increase the quality of our courses and encourage our students to use English in real life situations. Since the launch of myClass in January 2013, more and more adults are enjoying their learning experience, proving that this flexible and outstanding product is well-received by our customers. With the opening of the new myClass centre, we will continue our commitment to offer English Language learners innovative learning choices in more locations in Hong Kong,’ added Mhairi-Anne González.

In January, three brand new myClub ‘How-to’ sessions will be organised at the new English Language Centre for new students to learn useful tips on how to improve different areas in English. 

Notes to Editor

About myClass

myClass is a flexible learning model for adults to select the class date, time, topic and even teacher online according to their schedules and preferences. To help students improve their English skills in a rewarding and enjoyable way, the course covers 72 diversified themes which can be applied in workplaces and everyday lives. All courses are taught 100% face-to-face by internationally qualified teachers with native-speaker proficiency. 

In addition, myClass students can join a series of social activities through myClub, a free active social programme that gives students extra opportunities to practise English outside of the classroom environment. A wide range of language-based, cultural and social events are held each month for students to practise their English in a friendly, inclusive, and stimulating environment, and to meet new friends and interact with British Council teachers.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes. In Hong Kong, we have been doing this since 1948, giving people opportunities to learn, share and connect worldwide.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover, which last year was £781m. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.