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.
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.
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.
Head on over to the next page for the second enrichment centre for your child.