Based in the Residential Children's Home in Causeway Bay and in the 12 Small Group Homes located all over Hong Kong, the children and young people who attend the Language Training Programme classes come from families in crisis. The Language Training Programme was set up to provide extra-curricular English, Putonghua and Storytelling classes to children and young people from 2 to 18 years of age. The programme started in 2005 with kindergarten and lower primary students, expanded to cover upper primary students in 2006 and covered all age groups from 2007.
Po Leung Kuk provides 24-hour temporary and permanent care to children and young people in need of residential services, ensuring they are cared for in a safe and healthy environment. The children, ranging from newborns up to 18 years of age, are either orphans or from families with a history of child abuse or other problems. Others may have also been abandoned by their parents, or are involuntarily separated after their parents have been imprisoned, hospitalized or institutionalized.
Kindergarten and primary students receive two 1 ½ hour English classes per week, as well as 1 hour of Storytelling and 1 hour of Putonghua. Secondary students receive one 1 ½ hour English class, as well as 1 hour of Storytelling, plus, they choose one elective each week. Elective courses cover a range of topics, including study skills, business skills, Putonghua skills and fun courses. Classes are taught by Native English and Putonghua teachers and allow the students to experience different teaching styles and learn about different cultures.