Mandarin Classes 中文课

Children and parents have embraced the Mandarin language program which is currently in place at Ocean Street Long Day Preschool since 2010. In 2013 the Mandarin language lessons were extended at the request of centre families. The demand for Mandarin classes to be extended to a Saturday morning is now being sought by many of the centre families and people in the local community.

Young children have an amazing appetite for learning and especially a unique aptitude for learning a second language. Learning the Mandarin language is made easy when the lessons are programmed to be entertaining, fun and interesting. Our interactive and encouraging teaching methods inspire a lifelong love of the Mandarin Chinese language and the Chinese culture.

Advantages of your child Learning Mandarin:

Communication: your child learns to communicate in the language and develops an understanding that there is more than one way to interact with people.

Academic: your child learns about how languages work and their literacy skills are enhanced because a clear link exists between learning another language and literacy development in English.

Critical thinking: your child’s analytical skills are increased along with their ability to transfer skills across languages.

Cognitive: your child’s problem-solving skills are enhanced along with thinking laterally and working collaboratively.

Personal: your child’s self-confidence, self-esteem, resilience and tolerance are increased.

Cultural: your child develops an understanding and respect for other cultures, people, their ideas and ways of thinking.

Vocational: your child’s career opportunities will be greater in an increasingly globalised market.

Social: your child’s global connections are enriched.

What age should my child start learning a new language?

While it doesn’t matter when your child begins to study another language, it’s best to start them as young as possible. Why?

• Young children have the ability to learn a new language without their first-language accent.
• Their oral skills are easily developed.
• They tend to be happy to experiment with the new language and its words.
• They’re generally confident to practise the language with other people

“Learning a second language aids in the development of metalinguistic awareness because it broadens children’s experience of language generally. Monolingual children have a limited set of resources to help them to develop metalinguistic awareness. However, children who have acquired a second language from an early age and those learning a second language are more readily able to ‘step back’ from, or abstract about, their own language and compare it with another language system. They are more readily able to reflect on language as a system, and to understand that the relationship between the form of a word and its meaning is an arbitrary one. These kinds of experiences help them to develop understandings and insights about the nature of language which they need in order to develop literacy”. (Liddicoat 2001; Yelland et al 1993; Bialystok 1987; 2000).

Yumie Chu (Michelle) profile

Michelle Chu is a passionate and experienced Early Childhood Educator who is committed to teaching young children. Michelle’s love for children and the pride she displays in her Chinese culture contribute to Michelle being the excellent teacher she has become. Michelle’s Mandarin lessons are fun, exciting and very interesting. Prior to joining the Ocean Street Long Day Preschool as an Early Childhood Educator Michelle taught in a Swiss-Chinese Kindergarten from November 2007 to March 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland. The teaching experience Michelle gained during this period enabled her to gain a profound understanding in relation to education and care of children in the early childhood field, in particular working with children and families from other backgrounds and cultures. Michelle’s knowledge and experience in relation to teaching Swiss children the Mandarin language was highly sought after in the local community in which Michelle taught.

Michelle Graduated attended Glendale College in Los Angeles and majored in Adult Education Parent Support. November 2011 to August 2013, Michelle gained education in relation to supporting parents in the nurturing and education of their children. This education and experience is reflected when you observe Michelle’s teaching practices and also the wonderful way in which Michelle positively interacts with children in her classes and their families. Michelle is currently furthering her education in relation to early childhood teaching and development in Australia.

The Mandarin language program in the preschool setting have proven to be very successful, Michelle’s methods of teaching are fun, exciting and informative.

Ocean Street Long Day Preschool provides high quality education and now access to extended classes in Mandarin language and culture.

Learning a second language is a wonderful opportunity that can, and often does, lead to a lifetime of interest in communication through the acquisition of foreign languages.