Mandarin Immersion Programme
Developing Chinese as a life-skill and essential communication tool
Research has shown that the early years is a critical phase for children to develop language skills, and our immersive Mandarin programme has been proven to cultivate in young children a genuine lifelong love for learning the Mandarin language.
From the successes of our Mandarin Immersion Programmes at EtonHouse Zhong Hua and Robertson Walk campuses, we will be introducing the popular Mandarin Immersion Programme to EtonHouse Mountbatten 718 in 2021.
Launching the Pre-Nursery and Nursery 1 Mandarin classes from August 2021, our unique Mandarin Immersion Programme will be an inquiry-based curriculum delivered entirely in Mandarin. Children will be exposed to a considerable amount of time listening, speaking, and writing in Chinese which is essential for any sustainable language development in the early years. Having such exclusive language exposure offers the children a focused Chinese-speaking environment, which many do not have in their home environment. The curriculum delivery through the inquiry-based approach will make the experiences fun, engaging, and meaningful.
With extensive opportunities to communicate in Chinese every single day, children are able to appreciate how useful and relevant the language is to their daily life. Over time, they are able to think and understand concepts in Chinese.
Learning Mandarin through an Established Inquiry Approach
We believe that Chinese is a life skill, not just a subject to be taught in isolation. That is why in EtonHouse, Chinese is naturally acquired through meaningful experiences based on children’s interests.
The Mandarin environment is not intimidating to the children because at EtonHouse we emphasise on fostering a warm and nurturing relationship with children. At EtonHouse, languages are not taught in structured and formal classes conducted in isolation, but naturally acquired through our Inquire, Think, Learn Curriculum, which is inquiry-based and individualised. Therefore children learn at their own pace, while at the same time, being adequately challenged and inspired by their peers and the adults in the environment.
Children even develop a sound understanding of science, maths, arts, along with creative thinking and social competence, all while communicating in Chinese!
Cultivating a genuine love for the language
On top of developing a life-long competence and interest in the language, our programme aims to develop an appreciation of the Chinese culture, as well as to nurture globally-focused and culturally competent children. Cultural immersion is, therefore, a critical part of our Chinese programme and includes elements such as calligraphy, Chinese performing arts and inquiry projects on Chinese traditions, to name a few.
- Native speaking educators
- Inquiry-based curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach
- Learning Mandarin by immersing in a Chinese environment and integrating the 100 Languages
- Multi-cultural experiences with regular festive celebrations
75% Inquiry-based activities (Inquire-Think-Learn Curriculum)
We emphasize Chinese culture and language through the Inquire-Think-Learn approach using current themes and the 100 languages. Some examples include:
- Art (Shadow play, Chinese knotting, embroidery)
- Performing Arts (Puppet show, Chinese musical instruments, Chinese opera, Traditional folk art, Crosstalk, Two-man act, etc)
- Sports and Games (Traditional acrobatics, Bamboo dance, Kungfu).
25% Chinese Language Arts
Mandarin nursery rhymes, poems and stories are integrated into creative learning experiences. Depending on the year level, children can experience language arts activities such as:
- Language Arts (Nursery Rhymes, Tongue twisters, Clapper talk, Reading and recitation of Chinese poetry)
- Art (Traditional Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy)
- Performing Arts (Peking Opera, Comedic cross talk)
Extra-Curricular Courses (optional)
Additional Chinese activities are available after school (after 4pm). Depending on availability, some extra-curricular activities include:
- Chinese Musical Instrument – Guzheng
- Chinese Culture – Chinese calligraphy class, Traditional Chinese painting class
- Abacus and Mental arithmetic
To find out more about our Chinese Immersion Programme, book a tour below.