More than 300 students have joined Kumon's English as a foreign language (EFL) programme since it was introduced in 11 centres last June. Three students and their mothers give the programme the thumbs up Tam Ho-ching, aged 5 'I like the programme. I want to level up faster and get a Kumon medal like my brother.' Angel Ng Kam-fong, mother 'Both my sons are studying at Kumon - maths for my elder son and English for Ho-ching. My elder son did Kumon's former English programme for three months but we found it too difficult and finally quit. Ho-ching also started with the old programme and we were again considering giving up. But then the instructor introduced this new EFL programme. She said it was easier and was tailor-made for Ho-ching. He found the old programme difficult and quickly forgot what he learnt. The new programme is much easier and he has learnt a lot more. He is the only one in his kindergarten who understands what his native English speaking teachers are talking about. 'Ho-ching will go to primary school this year. His brother faced a lot of difficulties when he went as it was more difficult than kindergarten. But I'm not worried about Ho-ching. As he has good foundations, I believe he will do well.' Herman Hui Ho-ming, aged 6 'I like Kumon. The new English programme is fun. I can understand more and learn more. I couldn't understand the English in the old programme. I learnt a lot of vocabulary and know how to spell the words. And now I don't need Mum's help to finish my homework and I can finish the work faster.' Li Kwai-lin, mother 'In the past he hated spelling. He thought it was very difficult and didn't want to do it. Now, he is willing to do the work and read with the disk on his own. The new EFL programme is easier for him to catch up. It has more repetition of words and sentences and teaches more daily conversation. I would never have imagined he could learn so many words. Now he is in primary school, he doesn't find the work difficult and can easily understand what the teachers say.' Yummy Chan Sin-yan, aged 5 'Kumon is a lot of fun and it is easy. The old programme is more difficult, the new programme is better. I like the music CDs, although I like writing more than listening. Learning the new programme makes me happier. I can finish the worksheets faster.' Jony Tai Suet-yi, mother 'She can now study with ease. The old English programme had more vocabulary and the sentences were longer. I had to do the worksheet with her every time. With the new programme, she has more questions to ask, which shows she understands more. With the Kumon CD that she has to listen to every day, she has better pronunciation. Even when we are shopping or playing, she says the sentences she has learnt from the new programme. Sometimes I ask her if Kumon is too hard for her, she always says she loves to learn Kumon. She can catch up with school work much faster.'