Thanks to Chengzhu Mandarin Centre, Ash has been attending the weekly Language Skills class for more than half the term already. And I got the chance to sit in together with him during one of his class sessions.
As expected, Chengzhu's Language Skills programme supports students in reaching the standards expected for the Singapore Ministry of Education’s primary school Mandarin curriculum. But they strive to achieve more than that because more importantly, they would have to cultivate the child's interest in tackling the intricacies of the Chinese language.
Besides the usual Reading and Writing sessions where the use of placards is used to reinforce the new words that are being taught for that particular lesson, the learning of idioms and sentence structures are taught through storytelling.
Through the use of puppets, drama and other multi-media activities, the stories were presented in an engaging and lively manner. And this is one area which I felt that Ash really perked up to readily absorb what was being taught.
Through discussions where the children had a hand in designing story plots and narration, Chengzhu believes that they will better their oral communication skills and confidence in speaking in Mandarin eventually. Which is music to my ears because frankly, the wifey and I are guilty of not speaking enough Mandarin at home.
And the even better news - Ash has been looking forward to his Chengzhu lessons each week! When we had to miss the previous 2 lessons due to some engagements, he was rather disappointed. And to put the icing on the cake, he entered the Chinese Library at Chengzhu on his own accord. Oh-emm-gee.
So that's Ash. I did sit in during one of Ayd's lessons as well, so do stay tuned for that!
In the meantime, do check out Chengzhu's Mandarin Holiday Programmes if you are interested: http://www.chengzhu.net/cz_dec2012_Hday.pdf
Chengzhu Mandarin Centre
35 Rochester Drive,
#03-01 Rochester Mall,
Tel: (65) 6737 5348 | Fax: (65) 6737 2136