Mandarin SuperSTARS classes for 5-12 year olds

Non-native learners

The classes for Primary School age children are very much tailored to the needs, dynamics and level of Mandarin within the group. Generally, classes for 5 to 8 year olds are an extension of the Pre-School program in that the teacher will adopt the same approach and activities but will start to spend more time on language games and role play to develop phrases and sentence building related to the themes and vocabulary taught for the term.

From the age of 7+, we start to introduce Pin Yin and, if the class is ready, character strokes and more complex radical characters. Over a term, children are generally taught (over an average 10 week term) through emergent topics decided upon by our teachers and according to the interests and needs of the groups:

  • 4 x Topics over 2 Weeks plus a Festival/ Cultural topic and a Revision/ review Session
  • Each topic specifically targets Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing activities and includes the teaching of:
  • 24-30 word vocabulary per term (up to 120 word vocabulary per year)
  • 6-10 Chinese characters per term (up to 40 Chinese characters per year)
  • A range of phrases and sentence structures

The Mandarin Stars approach is centred on developing strong listening and speaking skills in Mandarin. Core to the success of this is also our ability to develop a natural love for learning Mandarin, an enthusiasm to learn, a sense of pride in learning a new language (and culture) and also a natural ear and pronunciation of Mandarin. In doing so, we believe that we lay the foundations for developing long term fluency in Mandarin and also a genuine passion and love for learning Mandarin Chinese for the future.