Our Chinese class has the following features:
Full literacy development
We facilitate students’ full literacy development. Over the years, we have discovered that many overseas Chinese learners depend on Pinyin, the official romanization system for Standard Mandarin Chinese, to pronounce Chinese characters. The drawback of this approach is that many learners couldn’t memorize the characters’ pronunciation without Pinyin. As a result, they can hardly read Chinese in real life, despite many years of learning. Our new approach has made an enormous difference in our students’ Chinese literacy.
Grammatology is the official term for studying the Chinese character writing system. It is incredibly worthy of introducing grammatology in an age-appropriate way to young learners, especially when learning to write Chinese, a language rooted in ideograms. Our Chinese teacher tells the stories behind Chinese characters; therefore, our students can write characters and understand why the characters are written in this way. In this way, our students can memorize Chinese characters efficiently.
Culture is fun to learn, and it’s blended into language naturally. As we teach our students Chinese, we are also preparing them with cross-cultural communicative skills required in today’s globalized world. We integrated cultural stories into our Chinese class to foster a deeper understanding of the Chinese language. In this way, our students can express themselves in Mandarin adequately under different situations.