Many parents hold off on getting Chinese tuition for their children in the early stage of lower primary school and just focused on the English language first just because their kid still knows a little bit of Chinese.
That is, until they realise their child is struggling with their Chinese home work, essays and exams that is because they got used to using their second language more instead of their mother tongue.
Chinese First offers a comprehensive and integrated PSLE Chinese Tuition programme for upper primary school students to prepare your child for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) this year.
This programme is carefully designed to sharpen your kid’s Chinese language skills and help your child navigate the PSLE with ease and confidence, so you can lay back and feel assured that your kid will do well in the exams.
Centre Director: Yuen Cheok Hoe
Children start school from as early as two years old and will go through several milestones in their next two decades. When they finally graduate from university, many are startled to find that, in the grand scheme of life, they are in fact taking their first steps. Further compounding this realization is the mismatch between their work expectations and actual workplace situations. Suddenly, the knowledge they have acquired from school doesn’t automatically transfer to their job functions, especially when pre-existing knowledge quickly becomes obsolete in a fast-evolving world.
This is why as specialist educators, we place a premium on equipping our learners with vital lifelong skills for learning and communication, instead of pure knowledge in these areas - because giving our learners fish is not nearly as productive as teaching them to fish.
Since the ability to pick up a language starts to diminish once we hit our teenage years, we focus on honing our learners’ language skills while developing self-sufficiency in language learning. Thus, our methods not only prepare them for school examinations but also equip them for the long haul, to keep pace with changes later on in school and at the workplace eventually.
Language Specialist: Zheng Min
Chinese is a crucial examinable subject and determines whether or not a child can proceed to the next level. Since Chinese is widely spoken globally, it will continue to figure prominently in the child’s adult life. Thus, it makes sense to cultivate a lifelong liking for Chinese early on.
Our children may complain about Chinese language learning when faced with setbacks in school such as their efforts seemingly not paying off. While it’s true that we can more easily drill maths and science into our children, this method doesn’t work equally for languages. In contrast, there are specialist ways to approach Chinese language learning, for example, acquiring the ability to write suitably, to speed-read for gist and to work out word meanings contextually.
Chinese First has a deep understanding of language learning and believes that success is anchored in three aspects: learning about the nature of the language, identifying its relevance to our lives and cultivating a liking for it. To help the learners and teachers achieve their language goals, we have created four pillars that work towards building a much-needed strong foundation while developing overall Chinese language proficiency.
Language Specialist: Candy Lee
Candy Lee was not always multilingual but believes it’s a blessing in disguise that she had to struggle with learning both English and Chinese. After all, this is why she now has deep empathy for language learners and firsthand knowledge of how some textbook techniques work only in theory.
Determined to plug such gaps and introduce a practical dimension to language learning, Candy developed her own methodology to more effectively bring up the language proficiency of her adult learners.
She’s certainly on to something because her methods have not just borne fruit but have also made her a successful business developer - one who’s built a string of language schools focusing on high-quality small group classes.
Having already succeeded with adult learners, Candy plans to use her methods to help learners like her younger self gain language proficiency more easily than she herself did. In fact, it’s her hope that her methodology can make language learning much more fun and effective for them - so that the difficulties her younger self endured would have at least been worth it!