As we know, Chinese is the most spoken language in the world, that is why being able to speak and write in Chinese would be a great advantage in your part. However, some schools only use the English language in their curriculum and other parents are finding the need for their children to also learn the Chinese language or Mandarin. Good thing that we have enrichment classes to that offer Chinese language lessons for any age.
At Chengzhu Mandarin Centre, there are Chinese enrichment classes for children of all ages, from 6 months to 12 years. There are many programmes, from a Mandarin kindergarten to holiday programmes. If you are serious about your child mastering the Chinese language you should definitely check them out.
The Asian Parent will share to us the best enrichment class for your child. Let us read about it below.
Best Chinese enrichment class for your child
More and more parents are sending their children for Chinese enrichment classes at an early age these days to get a headstart in Chinese language learning. Check out where the best schools are and what they have to offer to your children.
As English becomes the main language medium in most household these days, Chinese school going children are finding it difficult to be effectively bilingual in their mother tongue.
This worrying trend has led to a flurry of parents sending their kids to mandarin enrichment centres from the time their kids turn four in an effort to help their children have a positive relationship with mandarin.
We take a look at the three popular Chinese enrichment classes for kids and well known centres, and break down what each one has to offer to your child.
1) Tien Hsia Language School
Established in 1989, Tien Hsia Language School has been the longest-running leader in providing Chinese Enrichment classes for children. Its centres are located in various parts of Singapore and cater to children from 3 to 16 years of age. Read more here.
Provided above are some of the information about the best schools which offer enrichment classes for Chinese language. The schools are: Tien Hsia Language School, HUA Language Centre, and Berries Language Centre. The next thing we are going to read about is Christine Tan’s eight tips for learning Mandarin Chinese.
8 tips for learning Mandarin Chinese
MY ETHNICALLY CHINESE FAMILY spoke neither Mandarin nor Cantonese at home, and I grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, with English as my first language. But when I was seven, my parents suddenly felt guilty their daughter had only an English tongue. I started weekly Mandarin Chinese lessons. All the other kids in class had been exposed to the language from infanthood, and just two hours of Mandarin instruction per week in my otherwise English-language existence was ineffective. Despite my best intentions, I ended up dropping out in the fifth grade.
I’m now trying to build a life in China, and over the years have tried almost everything to become fluent in the language, including private tutors, self-study with tapes, college classes, and language buddies. Twenty years after I first set foot in my childhood Mandarin class, I’m finally on my way to mastering the language. Read more here.
One of the tips provided above says that we should be interactive with non-English speakers who are also learning Chinese. It is important because it would train you and practice you. Being able to correct each other is also helpful. As parents, we could also help our children learn Chinese at home. The New Age Parents will give us tips about it.
讲华语! 5 Tips To Improve Your Child’s Chinese At Home
The common misconception is that only teachers can improve your child’s Chinese. But parents can still help facilitate the learning of the Chinese language, especially at home. Kristie Lim and Dr Wang Haoshu (James) from Mind Stretcher shares five tips on how parents can tap on the different media channels to improve their child’s Chinese.
- Speak to your children in Mandarin as much as possible
This may seem obvious, and you don’t have to speak perfect Mandarin to do it. Even simple Mandarin or Mandarin mixed with English will help. This will acquaint them with the language at an earlier age. Increasing your child’s familiarity with the Chinese language will greatly accelerate the acquisition of vocabulary and the development of language skills. Read more here.
Five tips are given above and one is to speak your children in Mandarin as much as possible. Doing this could help them practice and apply what they have learned in class. Another is to let them listen or watch different Chinese movies and songs. It could help them master and memorize Chinese words and sentences. There are a lot of ways we could help our children aside from just sending them to Chinese classes. We need a joint effort for a successful learning.