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.
Since joining HKCC in August 2002, she has been responsible for teaching and developing Academic English and Business English subjects. She has taken on a number of academic leadership roles coordinating the English subject delivery and development as well as overseeing the programmes under Associate Degree Scheme in Humanities and Communication. Currently, she is the Head of the Division of Languages and Communication.
Having a sustained commitment to teaching excellence and innovation, 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 Teacher Award. She is also the recipient of the CPCE Outstanding Teaching Performance/Achievement Award 2014/15, the CPCE Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching Performance/Achievement 2014/15, and the FSTE General Education (GE) Outstanding Teaching Award 2017.
Her research interests lie in the areas of bilingual education, teaching English as a second language (TESL), content and language integrated learning (CLIL), and applied and functional linguistics.