Children’s Chinese Classes
As many experts will tell you, the best way to learn a language is to start early. With teachers who have a wealth of experience teaching Chinese to young children, your child’s first steps into learning the language of the future will be productive and above all fun – ensuring that your kids’ learning Chinese online is not thought of as a chore imposed upon them.Starting with Pinyin and basic pronunciation, and working up to extended sentences and practice of handwritten characters, we will cover all elements of the language in a way that is appropriate to your child’s unique character and learning style. We pride ourselves on the long experience we have in giving non-native speaking children their first steps in the Chinese language. Whilst we do not profess to be able to make learning the language ‘easy’ we certainly make it a lot less hard than its reputation suggests and we believe the experience of learning with us not only has immediate benefit, but is also fun! Tip: let your child watch popular tv shows, like Ni Hao Kai Lan, that entertain and educate!
- Games and fun approaches to memorization
- Enjoy cartoons and kids TV shows together
- Read comics and short stories
- Enjoy the wonders and intricacies of Chinese characters
- Encourage the child to be confident in speaking and attentive in listening
Young Chinese Learner’s Test (YCT)The YCT is a Chinese proficiency test for non-native speakers under the age of 15. Successful candidates will be awarded an official certificate of Chinese proficiency, which will be useful when applying for school courses or study abroad programs. The YCT consists of independent writing and speaking exams. The writing exam has both a listening and reading element and is divided into 4 levels, which are explained below. The speaking exam is divided into Elementary and Intermediate levels. The elementary speaking exam is designed for students at Levels 1, 2 and 3, and the intermediate speaking exam is designed for students at Level 4. During your child’s free trial class, we can advise on which level best suits them and tailor a study plan to ensure exam success!
- YCT Level 1: Students should be able to understand and use some very basic everyday Chinese, such as introducing themselves, speaking about their families, food and drink, etc.
- YCT Level 2: Students can understand and use some simple Chinese phrases and sentences and can have basic conversations with native Chinese speakers.
- YCT Level 3: Students have reached a high level of basic Chinese and can communicate quite freely about familiar daily topics.
- YCT Level 4: Students can communicate in Chinese at a basic level on topics extending beyond daily life. When traveling in China, they can manage to communicate in Chinese about most issues.
Learn the Romanised Chinese writing system ‘PinYin’ and basic character stroke order. Begin practicing basic vocabulary and speaking in brief sentences on an array of essential topics – introductions, family, colours, food and animals – amongst others.
Having got to grips with PinYin, we introduce more characters and more complex topics, as well encouraging longer sentences and better pronunciation.