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CHRISTINA YOU, THE FOUNDER OF MANDARIN IMMERSION PROGRAM
Why we think a fun Mandarin learning program is requisite?
The world we live in, the idea of ‘I’ll travel and work’ is much stronger than it ever was before. Individuals have advantages in the workplace as employers are increasingly seeking workers with knowledge of different languages and cultures. We all know Mandarin is the most spoken language other than English in Australia. In fact, “Enrollments in Mandarin study among state school students have more than tripled since 2011. In 2019 it first became a top-five language among state school students.” said by Madeleine Heffernan on The Age’s educational page June, 2019.
What is an Immersion Program?
“Immersion is a technique used in bilingual language education in which both the native language and the second language are used for instruction in a variety of topics.” Research has shown that these forms of bilingual education provide students with overall greater language comprehension and better exposure to other cultures, in a native-like manner. On the other hand, in traditional submersion programs, bilingual students generally receive all of their instruction in their second language. These programs are often referred to sink-or-swim programs, because there is little support for the students.
What age group is the program designed for?
Our program is specially designed for ‘Early Immersion’ — forming a solid foundation of learning Mandarin. We believe, it is much easier for children under 6 to learn a second language, because it is the time they are acquiring language, no matter their mother tongue or not. Our Mandarin Immersion program provide a strong basis for fluency later in life and help our students gain appreciation of learning Mandarin.
How do you teach Mandarin in the Montessori way?
Taking account limitation on exposure time in a Mandarin environment, we try to apply most of the principles of Montessori education in our program. We carefully prepare our classroom before each lesson and display our sensory-based material from left to right in progression order on open shelves. The structure of our lesson is in corresponding with the five key areas of Montessori method: Practical life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language and culture.
A practical life activity example —— set up the table:
We take time to introduce the items used in this activity: plate, spoon and fork, cup and placemat.
We giving the child Mandarin words for the items they will be using.
We show them how to set up the table by repeating the items in Mandarin.
“Your turn.” We use simple games to reinforce the new words they are learning, and repeat this process in various ways.
The children will be shown how to pack up their learning materials for the next student to use.
Tell us more about your teachers?
Our qualified staffs need to be native Mandarin speaker and also very fluent in English, who love children and are passionate about teaching.
Discover the Importance of Mandarin Classes for Kids in Melbourne
There are multiple benefits to learning a second language, and our Mandarin classes for kids in Melbourne represent an ideal way to achieve these advantages. Bilingual children find it easier to connect with people from other cultures, and they also learn faster, problem-solve more easily, improve their creativity, and become less likely to develop age-related mental illness later in life. At My Playroom, we provide several programs that cater to children of various ages.
What You Should Know About Mandarin Lessons for Kids in Melbourne
A child’s brain is still developing, which makes childhood the perfect time to learn another language.
Children’s brain structures facilitate learning a second language: Children’s brains are designed to absorb new information unconsciously, which they do at a rapid rate until they reach puberty. Learning a second language is easier and faster when you start at a young age. A child will experience a constant mental workout as they move between two language systems to communicate, which can assist in developing their problem-solving skills.
A child has less to learn than adults: Since children think more simply than adults, they will have less to learn initially. Kids use fewer words and simpler sentence structures, and they don’t get overwhelmed trying to communicate abstract thoughts, which makes learning a second language more straightforward.
Children have time to learn: Children can start small and simple when learning a new language as they have time on their side, unlike adult learners. By starting at an early age, children can use their entire schooling years to work their way up to higher levels of thought and communication in a second language.
What You Can Expect from My Playroom Regarding Chinese Montessori School in Melbourne
We provide several Chinese classes for kids in Melbourne, including:
Preschool playgroup. Our preschool playgroup for children under three is part of our Mandarin Immersion Program and runs once per week. We provide a play-based, educational approach to our classes and encourage physical response and movement while learning Mandarin.
Mandarin Immersion Program. We use practical life activities and everyday conversation as we teach our immersion program. These lessons run throughout the school term and follow the Montessori way of learning with a combination of language, culture, and etiquette. We have two pathways for this program—one for second language learners and one for those who already have a background in learning Mandarin.
Private lessons. We offer one-on-one, private lessons for students who want to learn outside of a group environment.
Why Trust My Playroom Regarding Chinese Lessons for Kids in Melbourne?
Our passionate language team delivers quality lessons that follow the Montessori learning method. We encourage learning and engagement through fun and practical everyday activities and conversations. We have suitable programs for preschool and school-aged children to help them understand the Chinese language and culture. Contact us today to book Mandarin lessons for your child.