Learning how to teach Chinese to children can be a challenging task, especially if the child is growing up in an English-speaking environment. Learning Chinese starts with Chinese characters which are made of simple single strokes which are variations of only eight basic ones. Strokes are as important to Chinese learning as phonics is to learning English. It is important to have a strong foundation of the basic strokes since the number of strokes in a character is often the easiest way to find it in an index. Without understanding the different Chinese character stroke lines and what they mean, this leads to a weak foundation of the Chinese language that causes later phonetic problems.
Nearly 1.2 billion people (around 16% of the world’s population) speak some form of Chinese as a native language. The varieties of Chinese are usually described by native speakers as dialects of a single Chinese language, but there are as diverse classifications schemes of language families. The internal diversity of Chinese has been likened to that of the Romance languages, but may be even more varied. There are between seven and thirteen main regional groups of Chinese language (depending on classification scheme), of which the most widely spoken is Mandarin (about 960 million), followed by Wu (80 million), Min (70 million), and Yue (60 million).
Standard Chinese is a form of spoken Chinese based on the Beijing dialect of Mandarin. It is the official language of China and Taiwan, as well as one of four official languages of Singapore. Of the other varieties of Chinese, Cantonese (the prestige variety of Yue) is the principal spoken language and official language in Hong Kong and Macau, making it the only other variety of Chinese used for government purposes.
If U.S. students are to become international leaders in all career fields, they will need a foreign language education comparable to their peers in other parts of the world. They will need a robust foreign language instruction and year-round support with multiple entry points as early as elementary school, throughout middle school and high school, and beyond.
The ILLS will create a comprehensive Chinese curriculum that mirrors your English syllabus. The ILLS will customize instructional material and daily activities with all lessons, worksheets, activities, souvenir t-shirts, completion certificates, produce lyrics, songs, and create music for weekly lessons, students’ assessments and fluency principal’s reports, and year-round 15-minute student call-in chat sessions.
What We Teach!
Core Competencies and Qualifications
Foundations of Characters
Foundations of Strokes
Foundations of Fluency
Foundations of Vocabulary
Foundation of Spelling
Foundations of Reading
Structures of Writing
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