30 October 2009

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am pleased to write to you on behalf of Mr. Yau Wai Lok Billy in regard to his abilities as a teacher.

I was fortunate to mentor Mr. Yau during his teaching practicum from 29 January to 4 April 2007 at St. Paul’s College. Mr. Yau had just completed part of his Education degree at The University of Hong Kong and came to the school to gain experience in and to further develop his teaching methodology. Mr. Yau taught English to a Form 3 class (Form 3F) of 33 students once a week. Each lesson was 35 minutes in duration. Five lessons were observed by me and two were observed by one of his instructors from the University, however, throughout the rest of the term, Mr. Yau planned and taught these weekly lessons unsupervised.

During his practicum, Mr. Yau evinced professionalism and enthusiasm, and he quickly developed a solid rapport with the students he taught. His lessons were always well planned and well scaffolded to meet the needs of students. Students were engaged in the lessons and motivated to learn as Mr. Yau provided careful directives for each task. He also clearly summarized learning points for each lesson as well as provided direct links to the next lesson. The materials Mr. Yau used were well constructed; students’ responses to them in the lessons indicated that the instructions were clearly understood. His use of IT gave students a recognizable format for them to take well organized notes and to follow the lesson at their own pace. During the lessons, Mr. Yau initiated a variety of effective feedback tasks, such as the use of peer evaluation. To garner or gauge students’ response to the material he was covering, Mr. Yau developed a useful Question-and-Answer system in which students stated their name and then asked their question, or in which students spoke their name before answering a question. This method proved quite effective and students demonstrated that they appreciated the individual attention. At the end of Mr. Yau’s practicum, the students were sorry to see him go, as was I. He proved a very positive influence on the students and he was a pleasure to work with.

Given both my observations of Mr. Yau’s teaching methodology, as well as the positive response from the class, I would highly recommend him in the capacity of a teacher. His conscientious and professional approach, in combination with his excellent training would make Mr. Yau an asset to any school.

I would be happy to answer any further questions you may have. Please feel free to contact me at xxxxxx or at xxxxx should you have any queries.

Yours faithfully,
Ms. Stephanie Lewis
St. Francis’ Canossian College
9-12 Kennedy Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong