The Mandarin Bud I class is for reception children, total beginners children. Personalised teaching taking into account of each child's first language background and learning style, will be made possible and duly taken into account in their lessons. All lessons will be delivered in immersive Mandarin Chinese. English explanations will be given when needed, but always kept to a minimum allowing children to have the maximum exposure to Mandarin with us. Course content will follow the British National Curriculum for foreign languages, leading towards YCT (Youth Chinese Test) Level 1 & Level 2.
Teachers will use multimedia and interactive classroom activities with an emphasis on learning through fun play. Age relevant Chinese idiom stories and Chinese history will be introduced in drama-style lessons. Students will also be taught how to use Pinyin (symbols for Chinese pronunciation), read independently, and write in Mandarin ONLY after they are FREE readers in English at their school. Within a year of study, students will achieve YCT (Youth Chinese Test) Level 1, command 80 -150 words in reading and speaking.
Children in this class will be expected to commit minimum 10 minutes daily listening, reading or writing practice on Mandarin. Home language environment is not essential but parents support at home is crucial.
We accept childcare voucher payment.