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.
Find out which Chinese enrichment class for kids is best for your little one!
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.
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Tien Hsia Language School aims to build a strong foundation in the language for children since young. Nursery and Kindergarten students are encouraged to learn progressively in a systematic manner to prepare for Primary school.
Their classes are small so as to ensure that each child is given maximum attention throughout the class. This is especially important in Nursery when a love for the language can be cultivated.
Every lesson, the curriculum touches on the 4 main aspects of the language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Spelling is introduced in K1 and Hanyu Pinyin is taught throughout K2. Students also get to enjoy learning through games, songs and rhymes every week.
Tien Hsia Language School provides an all-rounded experience, including coverage on MOE syllabus. They update their programmes regularly to keep up with changes in the MOE syllabus, so that students are confident enough to face new practices or formats at school.
Students will get an all-rounded learning experience by learning Chinese!
Parents are also invited to the end-of-term reviews, where they’ll get to see their kids sing songs and recite what they’ve learnt in a mini display, which helps to build their confidence. This also lets parents have a better idea of their kids learning.
Tien Hsia Language School currently has 10 centres islandwide. For more information on the programme fees and how to contact them, click here.
2) HUA Language Centre
This school has been around since 1992 and has a total of five centres islandwide. It’s course structure is complementary with the MOE syllabus meaning that your child should transition smoothly to the primary school syllabus (if you start them in the pre-primary programs).
It has a high success rate in PSLE with over 90% of students achieving A and A* for the past 15 years. The school offers classes for students as young as two (playgroup and nursery) to adult learners. For younger learners, the classes comprise of games, story-telling, sing-along and other oral and writing activities.
- Course fees per term: $406.60, Material fees per term: $21.40 [Total: $428]
- Duration: 2 hours per session, 10 sessions per term
The rates quoted above are for K1-K2 and primary school classes. (primary 1- primary 6)
We go over 3 different places that offer Chinese enrichment classes for kids!
3) Berries Language Centre
With 15 branches islandwide, Berries arguably has the strongest presence amongst parents looking to strengthen their children’s Mandarin education.
One of the highlights of the Berries program is it’s multi-sensory approach in teaching Chinese enrichment classes for kids. The lessons are filled with opportunities that promote social interaction, hands-on projects, and creativity.
Unfortunately, it’s popularity means that waiting lists for enrollment is usually very long. This is especially so for their weekend classes.
- Estimated course fees per term: $385.20, Material fees per term: $5.85 [Total: $391.05]
- Duration: 105 mins per session, 12 sessions per term
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