Our Classes & Our Philosophy

      It may sound strange but, what is the purpose of sending your kids to an English class? To learn English, right? Yes, theoretically that’s what the answer would be! But in reality, the majority of the Chinese parents want different things. They don’t want their kids to learn English, what they wanted for their kids is to pass the exams and test, that’s all. Well, what’s the difference between the two, learning English and passing the exams? Logically speaking, you can pass the test only if you have learned English. Not in China.

      In China, there is special thing called Test-Driven English Learning scheme. Basically, the Test-Driven Scheme teach you how to “BEAT THE TEST!” without having you to learn the real conversational English, as long as you do good in the test, it doesn’t matter how much you really learn. This is what hundreds of thousands of Chinese public schools do, this is what hundreds of thousands of Chinese training schools do, teach you how to beat the test.

      If you study how most of the schools or training facilities in China teach you how to beat the test, you will see that they “speed up” or sometimes even “skip” important steps in the learning process. For example, the natural way of a baby learning any language is through a Listening à Speaking à Reading à Writing four step process. Each step would take considerable length of time before the next step can start. A baby boy learning to speak his very first sentence would have to listen to the same sentence for months and hundreds of time before he can actually say it.

      The test-driven scheme would ask the students to read before they’ve had enough listen and speaking. The test-driven scheme would teach the students to write correct answers (in tests) before the they’ve accumulated enough knowledge about listening and speaking. This is the very reason that the students who came out the test-driven system knows only do things on paper and never in real life!

      Our philosophy is entirely organic. We follow the four Listening à Speaking à Reading à Writing steps and do each step thoroughly before going to the next and in doing so, our students learned real, conversational English.

      Our way of teaching English may seem slow at first, because kids need time to get used to the new language environment. Once the students get a good grip on the listening and speaking skills, the reading and writing will come naturally. The students will be much happier and the learning will be much more efficient. On the other hand, the test-driven scheme might trick you into believing that you are making huge progress but eventually prove to be disastrous.

      At Joyce Happy English, we take the pain and we go the natural way!


      One of the features of our school is the small size classes. Our normal weekday classes usually have maximum 8 students and our daycare classes 10. Each class is hosted by one native English-speaking teacher and a Chinese teaching assistant. Teaching assistants are not always needed in the classroom, as students’ conversational skills improves, we encourage them to carry on independent conversation with the teacher. This strategy has proved to be very effective.

      Teaching in the classroom is backed up by lesson plans. Our teachers and teaching assistants carefully study each class’ requirements and come up with a minute by minute activities planning for each class, as well as topics to be covered over a longer period of time.

      Over the past 8 years, we have developed a levels system, namely A/A+, B/B+, C/C+, and D/D+. While A level is the lowest, almost close to zero level and D the highest level of all. We recently added a new level called Pre-A. The creation of Pre-A marked the beginning of our students’ age range extended downward to little baby, the youngest student we currently have is only 2.5 years old. We are getting more and more younger students. Why? Because more and more people are starting to realize that, if you want to have your kid to have dual language skills, you have to start when your kid is young. Also, why don’t they go somewhere else? Because we are the best.

      Throughout the levels, we always follow the four-step principle, and that is, Listening à Speaking à Reading à Writing. Language study is not a rocket science, but without the right sequence of steps, nothing will come out of it and the result will be doomed disastrous.