Kenya will start teaching Chinese to elementary school students from Grade 4 and onwards. The country’s Mandarin syllabus will be rolled out in 2020 and has been designed by Kenya’s curriculum development institute. The language courses are intended to improve job competitiveness and establish a better trade relationship with China. “The place of China in the world economy has also grown to be so strong that Kenya stands to benefit if its citizens can understand Mandarin,” sa
Chinese cartoons for kids is featuring 15 Chinese Cartoons for children! Stories are wonderful for target language teaching and learning. A good and simple story contains repeated words, expressions, and a fun storyline to keep the attention of children. By using cartoons in small parts to deliver a lesson can be a very effective way to reinforce Chinese language learning and see some cultural elements at times. You can preview each of the Chinese cartoons on YouTube. Big
Saleem Abbas is the kind of student who sits in the front row. He's the first to try to answer a question. He eagerly repeats the Mandarin expressions that his teacher throws at the class: "Is this your family or not?" he repeats after the teacher. Then: "I have a mother." These lessons mean a lot to Abbas, a 17-year-old from a village deep in the Pakistani Himalayas. His father is a retired soldier, and his pension isn't enough to go around. Abbas, one of five siblings, live
The Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced recently that it will begin Chinese classes in 100 schools next year, as well as rolling out further measures to encourage students to learn the language. Chuang Haiou, founder of the Dubai Chinese Language Institute, told reporters from Gulf News that there were 100 UAE students learning Mandarin during the first half of 2018, compared to 60 students in 2017. As for the phenomenon that Mandarin is fast gai
Skill likely to prove increasingly valuable in the future. Parents in the United Kingdom are increasingly showing an interest in their children learning Chinese at school, ahead of other more common language options. According to a survey of 2,200 parents carried out by eco-friendly building company Modular Classrooms, 30 percent said they would like their children to learn to speak Chinese, “perhaps thanks to the growing economic power of the East”. The survey also found tha
Results of a new report show that 27 per cent of parents in Scotland are in favour of opting for the Chinese language for future prospects. Scottish parents would prefer their children to learn Chinese over Spanish, French or German. Results of a new report show that 27 per cent of mums, dads and guardians in Scotland are in favour of opting for the Chinese language for future prospects. The survey was conducted by Modular Classrooms, who were keen to find out what language i
When one sets out to learn a language, different considerations run through one’s head, and for just about all of those considerations, China ticks a box: How many people in the world speak this language? Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more people in the world than any other language, so in terms of the sheer number of people, Mandarin is an obvious choice. How important is the deeper understanding of the particular country or region that language proficiency will bolster? In
A family, particularly the parents, needs patience and persistence with their America-born Chinese (ABC) kids in overcoming linguistic and cultural hurdles when learning Mandarin, Ya-Ning Hsu, a professor, researcher and scholar at Teachers College Columbia University, told a seminar this weekend at Columbia University. For ABC, Mandarin learning is a long and enduring mission, in which anxiety plays a negative role and rushing to the goal can produce nothing good, said Hsu.