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Learning Mandarin – Our Methodology

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Our lessons are used by Mandarin teachers throughout the western world. As our lessons are for western kids we take a western approach to teaching and learning Mandarin. We use fun, engaging lessons which excite western children to the world of Mandarin.

Chinese Buddy conforms to the NZ Language Curriculum Objectives levels 1-2.

Total Physical Response Learning

We use recognised, proven, tested and trusted ESL teaching methodology combined with learning gestures, Total Physical Response (TPR) learning, songs, task-based problem solving, videos and contextualised, story-based learning.

Students are literally ‘hands on’ in their learning, are moving about, discussing fun topics and playing games. Step-by-step support for teachers throughout the entire course means that every teacher can use it.

Chinese Buddy incorporates hand gestures to help language learners remember vocabulary and grammar structures more quickly.

The use of hand gestures while teaching, and then encouraging students to use them while learning, has been proven to greatly aid children in the process of learning Mandarin.

Context Based Mandarin Learning

Mandarin Chinese is presented as different and exciting and children are encouraged to listen to new sounds and start reproducing them from the get-go. From the first teaching module through to the last, we reinforce opportunities for children to work cooperatively.

Story-based learning has been proven to make committing vocabulary and grammar to long-term memory easier. Learning content is placed in fun, vivid Mandarin stories for children. Original stories put all new and recycled vocabulary in a context. Students will not only be able to read the stories, they will also learn to say and gesture them.

We focus on teaching Chinese characters in their simplified form and teaching Pinyin. We look upon Pinyin as the alphabet and Chinese characters as the written form: Pinyin is how Chinese words are pronounced whereas Chinese characters are how they are seen in textbooks, newspapers, books etc.

Learning Pinyin builds confidence by showing students all the potential sounds in Chinese; Chinese words then begin to have more context. Once students know that, they realise that learning Mandarin Chinese is indeed manageable.

Students follow up in-class lessons with fun games, videos and puzzles that capture the attention of energetic young learners and help them learn and practise their Mandarin skills.

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