Dr Esther Tong graduated as a first-class-honour student from City University of Hong Kong where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) - a platform which paved the way for the development of her calling as a language educator. Determined to devote herself to the language education profession, she further pursued studies at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she received a Diploma in Education with specialisation in TESL (with distinction), and a Master of Arts in English Education (with distinction). She then obtained her Doctor of Education in English Language Education from The University of Hong Kong.
Prior to joining HKCC, Dr Tong was involved in curriculum planning and development of English programmes and in the teaching of English courses for academic and specific purposes at different levels in Canada.
Since joining HKCC in August 2002, she has been responsible for teaching and developing Academic English and Business English courses. She has also been the English coordinator and subject leader of various English subjects in the pre-associate degree programme, the associate degree programme, and the Yi-jin project. Currently, she is the Scheme Leader of AD Scheme in Humanities and Communication and Associate Division Head of the Division of Communication and Social Sciences.
Because of her excellence in teaching, she received the HKCC’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2004 and 2007, and several other teaching awards in 2005-2013, namely Lively Teaching Award, Inspiring Teaching Award and Caring Teaching Award.
Her research interests lie in the areas of bilingual education, teaching English as a second language (TESL), integrated content and language instruction, and applied and functional linguistics.