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Chinese for Chinese background children

Status:

Available in Darwin according to demand

Required background:

For children aged 6 to 15 from Mandarin Chinese speaking families. All students must have a basic understanding of Mandarin, whether or not they actively speak it.

Levels:

Students will be grouped into levels based on (1) their ability to speak Mandarin, (2) their knowledge of pinyin transcription, (3) their knowledge of Chinese characters, and possibly (4) their age, so that younger and older students can have age-appropriate materials. A beginners level (level 0) assumes only an ability to understand basic Mandarin, and will focus on the learning of pinyin and developing foundations in other areas. For children who normally speak Mandarin and have a basic appreciation of pinyin, the level will depend mainly on their knowledge of Chinese characters. In any case, classes can be continued over multiple terms, with the content adjusted to suit the learners.

Time required:

Two hours per week for ten weeks for each course

Schedule:

Click to check scheduling and/or express interest in the Darwin program

Class size:

5 to 10 learners per class

Resources:

Required resources can be supplied at cost.

Cost:

Normally $300 for each 10-week course. Currently students may join existing classes at a special rate of $250 for each 10-week course.

Coverage:

The purpose of this program is to help maintain and increase Chinese background children’s existing knowledge of Mandarin as it also develops their ability to read Chinese (specifically the simplified characters in common use in mainland China). To do this the program draws heavily on children’s stories, songs and cultural activities (e.g. paper cutting), as appropriate to the children’s age levels.

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