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.