Did you know that China is the most populous nation in the world with 1.36 billion people? It is the second-largest economy in the world however Economist predicted that by 2018, China will surpass the United States as the biggest international powerhouse. In addition, the World Tourism Organisation predicted that by 2020 some 100 million Chinese will be travelling overseas. Mandarin, China’s official language is also the top business language worldwide other than English, according to Bloomberg’s ranking. Chinese Mandarin, spoken by over 955 million people as their primary language, scored highest in a ranking of languages, excluding English, based on business usefulness. With these facts, it is undoubtedly very important from a long term perspective for our Children to learn Chinese Mandarin as a second language. It will give them that edge to distinguish themselves from others later on in life, in their career and in their businesses.
Our Holistic Approach
At KaiXin we believe that learning Chinese Mandarin is not only about learning the language but that it is also a mind and cultural exercise. Hence we have taken a more holistic approach in designing and developing a step by step curriculum, books and CDs incorporating creative story-telling that excites the imagination yet also touch on children’s everyday life events, Chinese culture, numeracy and problem solving to challenge the mind in a fun way.
Our pedagogy incorporates engaging, motivating, interactive methodologies; and fun through visual, auditory and kinaesthetic (VAK) way, story-telling, acting, play-like activities, songs, music and usage of both the left and right brain. It encourages children to learn, speak, write and remember at an accelerated pace in a relaxed environment.
Bilingual and Immersion
Our Chinese classes begin as bilingual throughout the early stages of learning. However as the children begin to acquire some foundation of Mandarin, we will start to immerse them in the language and conduct more and more of the lessons in Mandarin.
This way we can ensure that the children are fully engaged and comfortable from the very beginning yet have the opportunity to accelerate their learning as their competency and understanding progress.
Our teachers are all native speakers and have ‘Working With Children’ permit. We have teachers who are VIT (Victoria Institute of Teaching) registered, based in Melbourne, tertiary qualified in Education and holders of Children Services Certificates hence the children are in very good hands. In addition, the teachers are trained regularly to ensure that high standards are maintained in delivering our specialised approach for effective teaching and for motivating the children to embrace the Chinese Mandarin language.
Caring For The Children
Parents need to feel comfortable that their children are safe and cared for appropriately. At KaiXin Chinese we put a lot of emphasis on upholding the Duty of Care for the children while they are with us.
The classes are small with between 4 to 10 children. This enables each child to get the appropriate attention they need from the teachers and also be given a chance to participate actively.
Based on Jean Piaget’s research on children’s cognitive development, we have designed our classes to optimise their learning abilities by structuring lessons to be delivered in 90-minutes weekly session.
Flexibility of Locations
We have Chinese Classes in four locations in Melbourne (North Melbourne, Doncaster East, Hawthorn East and Glen Waverley). If the children are unable to attend their regular session, they are welcome to join an alternate class of the same level in another location (if available) to ensure they do not miss out.