Mandarin Chinese language courses for children
We work with children of all ages grouped by school year, so that the groups are homogeneous in maturity level.
Our method is adapted to the children’s way of studying and their areas of interest and allows them to start at different ages. All games and activities are based on the curriculum of the 4 levels designed by the Confucius Institute for children (YCT 1 to 4). We are specialists in children and our Mandarin Center Kids Program is a reference in different education centers around the world.
In the new world order, China will soon consolidate its position as the world’s leading power, not only as the world’s factory but also as its buyer, and mastering Mandarin Chinese will be essential in relations with China.
Why study Mandarin Chinese?
Choosing Mandarin Chinese as a second language does not imply neglecting other languages such as English. In fact, this language is used by more than one million speakers in Asia and other parts of the world, and the growth that the continent is experiencing has great advantages for the future.
Finally, the syntactic order of this speech is very similar to that of Spanish and does not have masculine or feminine gender or declensions, just like Latin, so it will be easily accepted by the student.
Advantages of learning Mandarin Chinese
Our methodology for learning Chinese has been developed in conjunction with our Pedagogical Director, Dr. Jesús Fernando Pérez Lorenzo, and is unique because it adapts the teaching of Mandarin Chinese to the normative precepts established in more than 40 countries.
Programs for children
At Mandarin Centers we pay special attention to children. With this in mind, we have developed a specific Chinese program for children based on learning in a natural, interactive and enjoyable way, Mandarin Centers Kids.
At the Chinese center, Mandarin centers, we are aware of the importance of learning languages at an early age due to the innate capacity of children to absorb new knowledge since they are more capable of internalizing what they have learned more easily.
According to the opinion of various professionals, during the first three years of life the brain’s capacity for growth is superior, making it an ideal time to promote linguistic stimuli at this stage. Both pedagogues and language experts accredit this affirmation, since it has been demonstrated that children in infant education have an enormous level of receptivity to take on another language.
Therefore, the approach to a foreign language should be done at this age by reinforcing the usual conversation situations (greetings, farewells, courtesy formulas, etc.) together with the visual and auditory methodology. For this reason, we have developed a special Chinese program for children called “Mandarin Center Kids” which is carried out through interactive classes, games, watching movies and listening to songs in order to encourage creativity and the learning of another language.
Learning while playing is an excellent opportunity for children because the first words they incorporate to their vocabulary are through different leisure activities.
Thus, our teaching staff is made up of 100% native teachers with a specific degree (Bachelor of Arts or Hispanic philology) to teach the Chinese language, as well as the full knowledge of the program of our academy.
In addition, they have experience in early childhood education in their curriculum, so they are fully prepared to teach the youngest children. In this way, thanks to the support of the teachers, the students learn the necessary skills to begin to develop in the Mandarin language.
Our Chinese course for children between 1 and 3 years old has become a reference in the teaching of Chinese in different schools and colleges at an international level.
The language center is more than just a place to acquire language skills, as it is also a place for socializing and meeting children where they can form a more open personality in the face of new challenges. The benefits of speaking more languages include the ability to begin to manage a certain degree of independence and to develop a positive self-image thanks to the improvement of personal self-esteem.
The advantages of beginning to acquire a new language have different qualities when compared to an earlier age period, although they are no less effective. In this sense, there are a series of characteristics that develop at this stage that should be taken advantage of.
• Increased fine motor skills: better use of tools such as scissors and paper.
• The level of personal autonomy increases.
• Ability to articulate longer and more complex sentences (subordinate clauses, etc.).
• They begin to perceive third parties’ states of mind.
• They begin to acquire temporal concepts.
• Consecución con éxito de pequeñas funciones.
The knowledge of a second language amplifies the skills of memory, expression and the ability to create, as well as the rapid incorporation of more languages. In this sense, ethical values and tolerance towards other cultures are promoted by learning to understand other realities of their environment.
For this reason, at Mandarin Centers we have created a Chinese course for children between 3 and 5 years old in which they develop through classes dedicated to interaction and which are carried out by watching movies, listening to songs in that language or through pastimes that promote learning combined with fun.
Play is an essential tool in the educational process as it implies a fun situation for the child, freedom and characterized by discovery and fantasy. This affects the affective, psychomotor, cognitive, social and linguistic development of the children, getting to know what surrounds them and encouraging thinking and emotions.
The added value that Mandarin Centers offers, in addition to a proven training project, is a professional group of native teachers with training in education for children and with an exhaustive knowledge of the program that we carry out in our academy.
The classrooms are made up of minimum groups of four students and the training will last for one school year. Thus, the study time will be one and a half hours a week, which means six hours a month in total so that children can combine learning with other daily life activities.
According to the regulatory precepts, early childhood education is a stage of education in which diversity should be encouraged so that children can develop their abilities to the maximum. In our educational center we want to be not only a language school, but also a point of reference in learning, interaction and socialization between boys and girls.
The teaching material used in our Chinese course for children aged 3 to 5 is called ‘你好! Nǐ hǎo! Mandarin.”
At Mandarin Centers we have been able to appreciate how formal education has evolved in recent years in favor of language teaching from the earliest years of life. In order to adapt to the new curricular requirements, we have developed a new material with which Mandarin Centers Publishing intends to collect the most significant aspects of education today. Everyday actions, the objects that surround us and, why not, fun, are elements that have been taken into account in the pedagogical design of this book. The aim is to provide meaningful learning, in which students feel integrated in a pleasant and cooperative environment.
The early learning of a language becomes an advantage for students in the future because we live in a world that highly values the knowledge of other languages. Therefore, the possibilities multiply when acquiring language skills that allow greater independence when traveling, getting information or finding a job.
In addition, Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world and is in growing expansion. The alternatives of the Asian continent are increasing and certain countries that are experiencing an important economic development are located in this continent.
Moreover, incorporating this language as a second language does not imply that the learning of other languages such as English, German or French is neglected. On the contrary, since the mind becomes more flexible, allowing the assimilation of new languages much more easily.
Mandarin Chinese is becoming one of the most important languages. In fact, thanks to the growth that China is experiencing in recent years, Mandarin is expected to be one of the most demanded languages in the near future. Therefore, an early teaching of Mandarin Chinese can become an advantage for your children and will open a wide range of possibilities for their future career.
For all these reasons in Mandarin Centers we have developed a special Chinese teaching program for children between 5 and 8 years old to acquire basic skills in this language and we have called ‘kids’. Thus, this is the time when the student is getting older so, although the game is still the main form of interrelation with others, is now able to cope with situations with more complex rules.
In our Mandarin academy we have a group of teachers who have great experience in the field of teaching Chinese to children between 5 and 8 years old, and who know perfectly the program and the methodology to be applied in the courses for children.
The methodology uses student interaction to promote learning among them, which, at this age, they acquire almost effortlessly. To this end, the classrooms are equipped with Apple TV to encourage games, videos and music in this language.
The didactic material used in our Chinese course for children between 5 and 8 years old is called ‘Hǎo Hǎo Xuéxí Mandarina”.
Everyday actions, objects that surround us and, why not, fun, are elements that have been taken very much into account for the pedagogical design of this book. The activities are designed according to the theory of multiple intelligences of learning, with the aim of developing knowledge that adapts to each of the different ways of acquiring concepts that children have.
A learning routine is created based on a highly planned pattern that, in turn, incorporates different dynamics adapted to the age cycle to which it is addressed. The general contents are structured by themes and are designed to be adapted to the duration of a complete school year.
In the new world order, China will soon consolidate its position as the world’s leading power, not only as the world’s factory but also as the world’s buyer, so mastering the Mandarin Chinese language will be essential in relations with China.
Las ventajas del aprendizaje de un idioma pueden ser diversas como diferenciarse cultural y laboralmente. Así, algunas de las ventajas de aprender chino mandarín son:
• It is the most widely spoken language in the world.
•Mastering the Chinese language will provide a differential value to the child for his or her future.
• Children learn the language virtually effortlessly through early stimulation.
•Learning other languages improves and develops your mental capacity.
Why study Mandarin Chinese?
Learning a second language is a fundamental aspect in the context of the current world in which we live. This circumstance, which is well known by society, has generated the proliferation of the activity of academies so that the vast majority of citizens already know an additional language. Therefore, the quality by which a student can be distinguished is no longer by knowing how to use a language but by which one he/she knows.
Thus, the Chinese course for children between 9 and 12 years of age can be an advantage because it is the most widely spoken language in the world (more than one million people) but most of those who know it belong to the country of origin.
In this sense, within the new socioeconomic framework, China is consolidating its position as one of the world’s leading powers. As the country with the largest foreign exchange reserves on the planet, its internal and external growth is booming, which translates into great job opportunities in the near future. Its expansion means that Mandarin speakers are required in other parts of the world, which implies a point in favor of those who know the language.
All of our classrooms are equipped with Apple TV so that students can use our game development program and iPad applications that complement our classes.
At this age, there are two levels for learning Mandarin Chinese: beginner and intermediate. Therefore, there is a first and second volume which is intended for the basic course and with which the following skills will be acquired:
The first and second volumes form the basic course and teach:
• Listening comprehension.
• Reading comprehension.
• Presentation of the strokes and their order of writing.
• The structures of Chinese characters.
• Radicals and simple characters.
• How to look up characters in the dictionary.
• How to type the characters.
• Guided writing of approximately 100 characters.
What makes this textbook different?
It is very complete, covering all areas of the language. Its design is very modern and attractive. The books have a very attractive structure and use a gradual learning system, starting with the simplest characters and progressively increasing in complexity.
This style of books, which have been created by the Beijing publishing house BLCUP, one of the most prestigious in this type of editions, is specially created for the teaching of Western students. In addition, they have the prestige of two institutions dedicated to the expansion of the Mandarin language around the world, the Beijing Culture University and the Hanban, and follow the criteria of the official YCT (Young Chinese Learners Test) of the Confucius Institute.
One of the authors, Yamin Ma, is a prestigious author who has published other titles aimed at children and has studied in Canada. Co-author Xingying Li studied linguistics in Beijing. Both are currently teaching at an international school in Hong Kong.