Sep 6, 2021

Strengthening Ale's Chinese Oracy Skills with LingoAce's Online Lessons


Ale first tried out LingoAce about 4 months ago and she loved the online Chinese classes!

An online Chinese Learning platform, LingoAce offers authentic, engaging, and effective live Chinese classes for young learners aged between 3 and 15 years old with flexible class scheduling and personalised 1-to-1 learning methods, complete with engaging multimedia teaching methods.

What sets LingoAce apart from other online enrichment platforms is it strives to create an optimal environment for learning Chinese which appeals to kids and engages them so as not to put them off in learning the language. You read more about what LingoAce has to offer in my previous post HERE.

Long story short, Ale was offered the opportunity to try out LingoAce's classes again last month and let's just say she jumped at the opportunity as she remembered how fun the classes were previously!

A few things have changed since the last time she tried the online platform. For one, LingoAce's programs have EXPANDED from four previously to a whopping ELEVEN programs!!!

LingoAce recognises that students have different abilities and needs, which is why they offer different ways to learn with LingoAce.

Singapore Blended Learning Program

LingoAce's Blended Learning programme complements Singapore’s Ministry of Education syllabus and school learning. The programme targets to prepare Primary 5 and Primary 6 young learners for examination excellence in their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) through honing of examination skills and application of techniques.

The great thing about its Blended Learning model is it allows students to learn via both online and offline platforms. Every week, they will have one 1.5hrs of online lesson and one 1.5hrs of offline lesson. Online lessons will be the ‘learn’ phase whereby our learners will learn examination skills and techniques. Offline lessons will be the ‘Apply’ and ‘Relearn’ phases whereby our young learners will apply the skills and techniques learnt during online lessons and teachers will reteach and reinforce the gaps that our learners have. It's the best of both worlds, if you ask me!

In addtion, the Blended Learning curriculum aims to enrich learning experiences and support academic performance. Its curriculum builds students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through skills-based modules. These modules facilitate deep learning and increase potential for them to level up and experience more successes in their learning.

Pre-School Program

This course is specially designed to use the prime time of children's growth to learn a new language. Children aged 3-6 have their own unique needs at each stage. For example, children aged 3-5 have certain emotional needs. Children aged 5-6 are generally curious by nature, and they need tailor-made teaching styles. 

During the course of development, the curriculum is divided into stages according to the "3-6 Years Old Children's Learning and Development Guide". The "multiple intelligence" is fully implemented in the teaching. The entire curriculum is designed to respect children's development and cognitive laws. 

LingoAce's pre-school program offers undivided 1-1 private tutor attention for focused, live Chinese language teaching. With high learning frequency and a game-like atmosphere to increase a child’s level of enjoyment and drive high level of learning motivation.

Advanced Program

The syllabus is adapted from the new Chinese curriculum standards set by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, and LingoAce has designed and developed live-streaming classes that are synchronized with primary school Chinese lessons in China. The lessons are designed to meet the needs of parents who want their children to receive Chinese curriculum education, it is suitable for students with strong listening and speaking skills to further improve their language knowledge and language literacy. This edition focuses on traditional Chinese culture and language application skills to help students understand complex texts, be able to discuss specific topics and be able to accurately write personal opinions.

International Program

The curriculum is designed for learners who study Chinese as a second language. The knowledge and skills are benchmarked against domestic and international authoritative foreign language learning syllabuses and standards. The main goal is to cultivate and improve learners' basic Chinese listening and speaking skills, daily communication skills, and comprehensive oral expression skills; add basic Chinese character learning content to establish a preliminary foundation for learners' future Chinese character learning and Chinese reading. 


If you have a child who is studying in a local Singapore school - like Ale and most of my readers' kids - then the Singapore Blended Program is a no-brainer.

The program mirrors the structure and learning pace of the MOE school syllabus, and gives a lot of exposure to what is being taught in the school classroom. The structure systematically follows the MOE requirements of Oral, Comprehension and Essay Writing. 

I like how the individual components can be broken down into standalone programs. So what this means is if your child is weaker in Oracy but proficient in writing and vocabulary, you can enrol him/her in an Oracy class.

Which was what I did for Ale.

After experiencing Essay Writing earlier, I decided to focus on her Oracy skills this time around. That's because while she is rather okay with her Vocabulary skills, she is not as skilled when it comes to oral examinations.... primarily because she is not confident of her oratory skills.

And I have to say the one-to-one 55-min session worked marvels for her. That's because LingoAce offers that safe environment where a child isn't afraid to make mistakes (or say the wrong hanyu pinyin) when it's just him/her and the teacher.

Essentially, the entire session was like a huge gamified Chinese lesson that was was filled with games to identify characters and learn phrases. But it wasn't all play - instead, she was brought though the process of crafting her oral answers in a sequenced manner. And when there is a system in place, the fear of not knowing what to say gradually disappears.

Also - and I have said this before - the online interface was visually appealing, and her teachers used a wide range of interactive tools to make each lesson unique and captivating for Ale.

Did I mention that ALL LingoAce teachers has to attain a minimum of level "2-A" on the Putonghua Proficiency Test before they can teach? Because language accents can differ across countries and within regions in each country, the Putonghua Proficiency Test is an official test that measures native Chinese speakers spoken fluency in “Standard Chinese,” including pronunciation, vocabulary and syntax. 

Hence, all LingoAce Teachers have to attain a minimum of level “2-A”, to ensure their students learn to speak Chinese correctly.

Personally, what I found useful about LingoAce beyond the lessons is the ability to keep track of Ale's progress every lesson.

All I have to do is to log into LingoAce's website and review the study materials that Ale had gone through for her past sessions and if the need arises, revise the materials with her again.

Even better, I can even play back the entire video of the lessons that she had attended to see what was exactly taught during the lessons.

Fees start from S$21 per lesson for the pre-school program and S$30 per lesson for the 1v4 class size or S$42 per lesson for the 1v1 class size.

You can also opt to purchase the lessons in packages, which reduces the average cost per class. Click HERE for more details.

But before you commit anything, why not try it for yourself FOR FREE?

Yes, LingoAce is offering a FREE trial class for students. No registration fee and zero deposit required and the lesson is scheduled at your convenience.

The trial consists of:

- A personalized recommendation on program and teacher most suited to your child’s learning needs and personality

- Actual live online trial class based on recommended program and teacher

- A detailed assessment of your child with insights on your child’s strengths and areas to work on

Simply head HERE to book your free trial lesson!

*With my referral link, you can get additional classes when you purchase any packages!

Click HERE for more information about LingoAce.

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