Mr Greg Blogs

Welcome to Mr Greg’s English Cloud Blogs! I share my thoughts and experiences in the educational industry in Hong Kong. Please have a read and I welcome any feedback!

How to Teach a Child to Read

Learning how to read is one of the biggest obstacles for any child to achieve, especially for those who are learning English as a second language. Many spend good money ...
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What are the Best Kindergarten Reading Books?

What are the best Kindergarten reading books on the market now? This is a question I get asked the most when explaining to a parent why consistent reading of easy ...
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Best Free Kindergarten CVC Worksheets

Finding reliable worksheets are not easy to come by, especially free kindergarten CVC worksheets. Most websites that provide these kind of services tend to have a large watermark on the ...
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Teaching with a Face Mask

With the coronavirus lock downs easing off, recently I had the experience of teaching with a face mask on. Though the question that it poses, is it viable to actual ...
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Coronavirus: Back to Normality?

Hong Kong just announced their plan to ease back into normality caused by the coronavirus. Will everything go back to normal? For myself, I was one of the lucky ones ...
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The Differences Between Home and Classroom

As I sit in my empty classroom, I noticed there are many differences between home and here. When you closely look at the layout of the classroom, you understand that ...
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Coronavirus: Can Teachers Last?

Since the beginning of February, teachers have found themselves in a predicament because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Recently, a teacher from a school I used to work for came out ...
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The Power of Online ‘Word of Mouth’

The rapid growth of my website has been because of the power of online 'word of mouth'. My audience is built from people sharing my materials and building up a ...
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Learning English at Home

With the world being on self-isolation, the demand for learning English at home has increased considerably. Schools are doing their best to provide a service that is accessible and efficient ...
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Mr Greg’s English Cloud: A Month In

It is near the end of March and what a month it has been for Mr Greg's English Cloud! I started up this website just after the first week of ...
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Is Online Teaching Viable?

The coronavirus has caused schools across the world to close down for the time being but is online teaching a viable option? The demand for extra learning is more than ...
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Coronavirus: Purpose of a Face Mask

Hong Kong has always been a country that highly values self hygiene levels but with the coronavirus, what is the purpose of a face mask? Before the coronavirus, a mask ...
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Coronavirus: Hong Kong Alcohol Ban

With the rise of the coronavirus, it has been suggested that Hong Kong should induce an alcohol ban. Is this feasible? Will it have any impact at all? Alcohol and ...
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Teaching Routine at Home

How should we set a teaching routine at home? The coronavirus has locked down many countries, suspending schools until the virus is contained. Parents are under immense pressure to try ...
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What to Watch on Youtube for Young Learners?

The question I get asked the most as a kindergarten teacher is what to watch on Youtube for young learners. In my view, Youtube is essential nowadays to help a ...
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Schools After the Coronavirus

What will happen to schools after the coronavirus? Will things go back to normal or will our approaches to learning differ? Schools in Hong Kong are currently still suspended until ...
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Coronavirus and Social Gatherings

The coronavirus has spread across to many countries across the world and halting social gatherings. Countries are currently on lock down to avoid the spread of the virus on a ...
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Facebook Advertising for a New Website

My website is nearly two weeks and I have learnt so much about the concept of online marketing, especially Facebook advertising for a new website. I started this personal project ...
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Separation Anxiety and Home Practices

Separation anxiety and home practices are two topics that need to be addressed to new student parents at a school. Counselling kindergarten parents is essential to create a healthy relationship ...
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What Makes a Good Teacher?

What makes a good teacher? Over the last 4 years, I have seen and trained many different kinds of teachers. You can tell almost instantly who will become a successful ...
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Internal and External Recruitment

There are many advantages and disadvantages when it comes to internal and external recruitment. Internal recruitment is very cost effective, and the company will understand how well the candidate can ...
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Success of a Lesson Plan

Does the success of a lesson depend entirely on the plan? The teaching and learning environment for students should be carefully thought out in a lesson plan. A clearly outlined ...
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Technology Integrated Within the Curriculum

To what extent do you think technology may be integrated within the curriculum for young learners aged between 4 to 6 years? With the current times, technology is constantly evolving ...
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The Role of Music in Enhancing the Curriculum

The role of music in enhancing the curriculum has proven to be effective for many teachers. Music can benefit the classroom as it is a method for students to make ...
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Communicative Language and Audio-Lingual

Communicative language teaching (CLT) and Audio-Lingual (ALM) student roles are not similar. Communicative language teaching emphasizes interaction. Audio-lingual methods are grammatically structured and presented through dialogues. The role of the ...
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Managing a Pre-Primary Class

Managing a Pre-Primary class can be no easy feat. A class of learners aged between 4 to 5 years old is at pre-primary level. The development of their speech, motor, ...
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Coronavirus and Schools in Hong Kong

The coronavirus has been around since the beginning of the year and has seriously affected schools in Hong Kong. The education economy has taken a huge hit and it has ...
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Living in Hong Kong 2020

Living in Hong Kong is different to living in the West. The living conditions and the culture of Hong Kong are two factors you must research and consider before deciding ...
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Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills and Technology

The current and future generations are growing with the rapid growth of technology. The issue, is their fine motor skills being affected by the rise of technology? I am a ...
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Hong Kong

Applying to Jobs in Hong Kong

Applying to jobs in Hong Kong is an easier task than what most think. It is most definitely a fierce market with a lot of competition, but in my experience ...
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Positive reinforcement

Positive Approach in Early Childhood

Positive approach in early childhood is a practice that teachers and parents should enforce at an early age. How can positive approach in early childhood benefit a childhood? Early childhood ...
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Sleeping Disorder and Maladaptive Behavior

Sleeping disorder may lead to maladaptive behavior. The primary activity of the brain during early development is sleep. The recommended for sleep differs from age, with newborns to 6 months ...
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Play Contributes to a Child’s Learning

There are many ways in which play contributes to a child's learning. In this article, I will go over 5 reasons why 'Play Contributes to a Child's Learning'. Play Based ...
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Early Childhood Nutrition

Early childhood nutrition is important to a child's development. The choice of food has crucial impact in a child’s development which continues throughout adulthood. Diet can affect early childhood development ...
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Grammar or Writing? Which is more important?

Tuition centres have high demand for grammar and writing classes for primary students. Primary school is quite demanding in Hong Kong, with a considerable amount of workload for children at ...
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Reading or Spelling for Pre-School

What should be the primary goal of a child? What is more important, reading or spelling for pre-school? Children are introduced to selected vocabulary to help them develop their phonetic ...
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Cambridge and Trinity Demands for Certifications for Hong Kong Primary School Interviews

Cambridge and Trinity are the two leading faculties when it comes to ESL certification for Kindergartens and Primary school. Demands for certifications in Hong Kong Primary School interviews are intense ...
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Work for a Tuition Centre or a School?

Halloween at my friend's tuition centre! Should you get a job in a tuition centre or a school? They say to truely appreciate the job you are in, you must ...
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Using ZOOM for Online Lessons

An example of a conference using ZOOM Using ZOOM for online lessons has become more popular recently. Teaching online is a new concept for me as I have always taught ...
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What Lies Ahead 2020

2020 has been a roller coaster of a ride, and is only a quarter of the way through! After returning to Hong Kong after my Christmas holidays, there were a ...
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