Opened in March this year, Yang Language School aims to encourage Mandarin learning from a young age, offering classes for children as young as three. The experienced Chinese teachers at Yang customise their lessons to match the competency of students. You’ll be glad to know there’s no rote-learning involved and lessons aren’t teacher-centric. The school encourages kids to think and ask questions instead of just internalising the information they receive. Also, parents are kept up to date with the children’s progress through regular feedback and communication with teachers. Here’s a little more on what this new enrichment centre can offer.
The curriculum follows Bloom’s Taxonomy, a six-step process of learning that promotes analysing and evaluating rather than memorising facts and figures. It was created in 1956 by educational psychologist Dr Benjamin Bloom.
At the first few levels, students will acquire a basic knowledge of Mandarin, gain an understanding of concepts, and apply and analyse them. Once they’ve mastered these things, they’ll move on to evaluate the various possibilities of the language and use their creativity to apply their new knowledge in daily life. This framework allows children to build a strong foundation in the language before moving to higher levels of learning. It also aids the teachers in customising their lessons to suit students’ needs and abilities.
Equipped with the latest technology, the classrooms are bright and spacious. Teachers make use of visuals, videos, music and social media to make learning as fun, engaging and interactive as possible. Kids can also look forward to art and craft and role play.
There is a cosy reading corner with a wide selection of Mandarin storybooks to choose from — your little bookworms are sure to have a blast! You’ll even find popular titles such as Where’s Spot?, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Gruffalo’s Child. Older ones will love flipping through the comic book collection.
In the Starters Programme, young ones aged from three to six years will learn the foundations of Mandarin. They’ll be taught to recognise basic Chinese characters and speak basic Mandarin. At this stage in learning, fostering a love for the language is key. Songs, videos and colourful props are used to making learning more fun. Kids will also enjoy singing, dancing, show-and-tell, art and craft and more. Within this bilingual learning environment, children will be able to pick up the language quickly.
More complex Chinese characters, grammar and sentence structure are the emphasis of the more advanced Primary Programmes. Older children will also learn about Chinese culture, take part in speech and drama activities, as well as creative storytelling and writing.
Hear from a parent
“We are a Swiss family and our two children have been attending Yang Language School. Both children are taught by wonderful teachers who go above and beyond to ensure that each student will become a fluent Mandarin speaker. I would love to see more teachers with such passion to be kind, understanding and with the ability to adapt to their students’ needs.” – Arlene Scherwey, Swiss; Elliott (5) and Eva (4)
Yang Language School follows 12-week school term:
- 3 January to 26 March (Term 1)
- 28 March to 2 July (Term 2)
- 4 July to 24 September (Term 3)
- 26 September to 17 December (Term 4)
Contact Yang now for a free trial class to experience the joy of learning Chinese!
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