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What is Summer Learning Loss and how to prevent this 📚✏️

Updated: May 10, 2023


Summer learning loss or the "Summer Slide" is a phenomenon that affects many students worldwide. It refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge during the extended summer break. Research has shown that students can lose up to two months of reading skills over the summer, with language learning being particularly susceptible to this decline. In an increasingly globalised world, the ability to communicate effectively in English is more important than ever. Babington Education's English courses offer an effective solution for parents looking to maintain and improve their children's English skills during the summer break.

What is Summer Slide and how can this affect your child

The Summer Slide can have a significant impact on a child's academic progress. When students return to school after the summer break, they often need to spend time relearning the material they have forgotten, which can hinder their progress in the new academic year. Language learning is particularly vulnerable to the Summer Slide, as skills such as vocabulary retention, grammar, and comprehension can deteriorate without regular practice.

Language learning experts and educational psychologists emphasise the importance of maintaining language skills during the summer break. Consistent practice and exposure to the language help students build a solid foundation for long-term academic success.

Benefits of Babington Education's English Programmes

Babington Education offers the summer programme to help combat the Summer Slide: The Weekly Summer Programme is an integrated English programme built by the same team who built our English Ladder programme. The Weekly Summer Programme has 7 weeks to choose from. Each week, you can choose to come 3 or 5-days. Each week is centred around a fun theme where children can maintain their English language skills in a fun environment.

3-Days/week @ $1,500/week

5-Days/week @ $2,100/week


  1. Early Bird: Enrol before May 15th for $200 off

  2. Additional week discount: $100 off for every additional week you enrol

The Weekly Summer Programme focuses on building a strong foundation in English through a comprehensive curriculum that covers reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This programme is designed for children aged 3-12 years old and aims to develop their language skills in a fun and engaging way.

The RWI programme, short for Read Write Inc., is a literacy programme that uses a systematic approach to teach reading and writing skills. It is designed for children aged 4-12 years old and aims to develop their phonics knowledge, reading fluency, and writing abilities. The benefits of the RWI Summer Programme is that it is offered on an intensive basis, meaning students attend up to 3 classes a week. Since students practise the skills more per week, they are able to complete a level in a third of the time it would take in regular term time. This allows children to either catch up on their phonics skills or to gain an unfair advantage over their peers when they return to their English lessons at their school in September. In addition, for parents who wish to save money, the RWI summer programme is offered at a significant discount than compared to regular programme. So, not only can students complete the level quicker, but it would cost less to do so.

Both programmes have clear learning outcomes and objectives, ensuring that your child makes steady progress in their language skills. By enrolling your child in these courses, you can help them maintain and improve their English abilities during the summer break, preventing the Summer Slide.

Unique Features of Babington Education's Programmes

Babington Education's Summer Programmes stand out due to several unique features:

  1. Experienced and qualified native English speaking teachers who are dedicated to helping your child succeed.

  2. Certified and trained teachers. Our teachers are trained and certified by Ruth Miskin Training, ensuring phonics teaching and delivery are accurate and authentic.

  3. Engaging and age-appropriate curriculum that keeps children interested and motivated.

  4. Focus on building a strong foundation in English, setting your child up for long-term success.

  5. Fun themes built into the programme ensure children have fun as they learn.

The Multicultural Context of Learning English in Hong Kong

Learning English in a diverse environment like Hong Kong offers numerous benefits. Children have the opportunity to interact with peers from various cultural backgrounds, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of different cultures. Babington Education's programmes cater to this unique context, ensuring that your child receives a well-rounded education in English.

Testimonials and Success Stories

Thousands of students have successfully prevented the Summer Slide by enrolling in Babington Education's Summer Programme. These students have not only maintained their language skills during the summer break but have also improved their confidence and academic performance. Many parents have praised the programmes for their effectiveness and the positive impact they have had on their children's language learning journey.

Tips for Parents to Stop Summer Slide

  1. Encourage reading in English by providing a variety of books and materials that interest your child

  2. Provide opportunities for conversation and practice by engaging your child in English discussions, asking open-ended questions, and encouraging them to express their opinions.

  3. Create a positive and supportive learning environment at home by setting aside time for English practice and offering praise and encouragement for their efforts.

  4. Create reading challenges together with your child. These challenges should be fun and there should be an element of reward. The rewards should be easy to achieve and plentiful to incentivise children to complete the challenges.

  5. Explore educational videos on a variety of subjects.

  6. Explore educational apps to expose your child in a variety of interesting subjects.

  7. Visit local science parks and create a diary of your child's visit together.

  8. Enrol your child at Babington Education's Summer Programmes to create a comprehensive approach to maintaining and improving your child's English skills during the summer break.


As a parent, investing in your child's future by preventing the Summer Slide is a wise decision. Babington Education's Summer Programme offers the perfect solution to maintaining and improving your child's English skills during the summer break. With 36 branches across Hong Kong, Babington Education is one of the largest English language learning centres in the city, making it a convenient choice for busy families who believe that a strong foundation in English unlocks opportunities in life.

To book a free trial class and explore the benefits of Babington Education's offerings for your child, simply cilck on the button below. Give your child the gift of language learning this summer and help them develop the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world.

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