My name is Lucy Luk and I’m originally from Newport, Shropshire. As a teenager I moved to Normandy, France with my family where I experienced the challenges of learning a second language and saw first hand how English was taught in a foreign country. Upon completing my Baccalaureat in languages and literature I wanted to travel,so I achieved my TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and moved to China where I was employed by a large language institute initially for six months.
I was immediately taken with China and all it’s crazy chaos. Upon arriving I was quickly thrown into teaching and loved it. Before I knew it six months became eight years and in that time I now speak Chinese, achieving my HSK (The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, translated as the Chinese proficiency test) and have taught thousands of eager Chinese students ranging from 21 months to 56 years old.
I have been teaching in nursery and primary schools where resources were limited and only a few people could converse well in English, so I had to create my own curriculums and teaching materials, tailoring them to suit the needs of each class or individual student.
Whilst living in China I met my husband who is from Hong Kong and we are now blessed with two beautiful children. Our children are biracial and they are on their way to becoming bilingual. Our family is a beautiful balance between East and West….different languages, different cuisines, different cultures.
England and China have two of the longest and richest heritages in the world and we are very lucky to be able to share the best of both worlds. We have now moved back to England to be closer to family and friends and have established Chatty Chinese, a Mandarin club for under 11’s. We hope to share the joys and challenges of learning a new language, opening children’s minds and offering them limitless opportunities in our world today.
I am currently employed in several public and private schools and nurseries. I have my full DBS, public liability insurance and safe guard training. I am in awe of how fast the children are picking up Chinese and plan on expanding into other languages in the not too distant future!