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Sunday 22-May-2016
學習自理 香港仔留英大翻身

自九歲便赴英國留學的英識教育創辦人陳思銘(Samuel)表示,英國是一個能夠學習自理的國家。「自小讀屯門蝴蝶邨的屋邨小學的尾段班,成績甚差,對讀書摸不着頭腦,也不感興趣。但赴英半年後已完全融入當地生活,最後更在英國中學會考(GCSE)拿到八科A*/A的成績。」

 

說到英國,很容易想到哈利波特,Samuel強調英國學生之間的凝聚力很強,有一種對學校深層的歸屬感。「在校內,班際球隊有這種團隊認同感,對校外,亦有「我是XXX學校的學生」的身份認同。這種認同感有助提升他們的團結力量,以一組人的整體去完成一件事,而不是獨行獨斷,很着重與人合作。」

 

 

實地考察增趣味

八歲多那年的暑假,Samuel參加了一個英國遊學團,回來告訴媽媽很好玩,就此奠定了留英之路。在Gresham's School接受了八年教育的他,訪問時說起留學時的點滴,仍然興奮。「我記得讀Prep School時,親眼目睹一條條坑紋的巨形懸崖和感受Hunstanton的地質,甚至親手觸摸有一億年歷史的橙、紅、白化石,令地理堂注滿了生命的氣息,活像和世界一同呼吸。另外,有一次上歷史課,老師帶我們走到一個內戰時期遺留下的戰場古迹,親身踏足該地,模擬當地戰爭的情況。儘管內容早就忘記,可是這種經驗比起純粹透過書本進行視覺上的學習來得深刻。」

 

去英國後,頭上的烏雲漸漸散開,經過老師們的指導後,才發現讀書是怎樣的一回事。「當地學生自主性很強,會自動自覺去學習、玩耍及做運動,建立自己的興趣。」他補充,一般建議學生13歲投考英國中學的Year 9(等同香港中三程度),因為Year 9是英國主要招生入學年級,這年級的學額最多,獲取錄的機會比較大。後來,Samuel不但在會考取得佳績,而且順利升讀University of Nottingham並主修經濟學,及後在University of Warwick攻讀碩士學位。

 

 

啟發思考負責任

Samuel寄語欲送孩子到英國留學的家長,英式教育最特別的地方是「啟發」。「英國教育並不是以填鴨式的方法去洗學生的腦袋,反而是透過學校的制度、風氣、精神和實際行政,例如時間表、學長制等,為學生提供一個妥善的環境去成長和思考。人生不是由他人告訴你如何走的,而是在有利的環境底下培養出一個個能對自己負責的人。」

 

他提醒家長最好是親身到訪當地的學校,以確保香港學生獲得最真實全面的狀況。「英國的課堂由老師主導,提倡chalk and talk,鼓勵自由思考、發問及自主學習,着重學術研究,國內多有諾貝爾獎的名人。」Samuel說,有意在英國讀大學的同學,可以經由英國大學聯招(UCAS)提交申請。

 

 

知識改變前路

Samuel當年的小學同學,大多從事基層工作,而基於受到英國教育學制的薰陶,深明到英國升學好處的他,於是放棄了本科工作,赤手空拳地打造一個教育升學顧問王國,並迅速被多所英國的國際學校委任為升學顧問。他花了長達12個月時間造訪超過英國200所學校,最後公司成功吸納了接近全數的英國學校,並成功引薦300名學生入讀70所學校,現在年收入超過八位數字,更因俊俏的樣貌而被行內人稱為「教育界的王力宏」。

 

撰文、編輯:劉淑雲

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