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Children learn conversational as well as written Chinese and participate in various Chinese cultural activities, often performing Chinese language plays and songs for the school and the wider community.
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Benefits of a Chinese – English Bilingual Education
Research using neuroscience and other methods suggests that learning a second language — even at a later age than previously thought — has additional learning benefits for students. Studies have found early social interaction with native speakers is critical to language learning and has implications for general learning, and showed students who are multilingual are more flexible problem-solvers Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org).
In many parts of the world, multilingualism is the norm rather than the exception. For example, most children in Switzerland speak several languages. English and Chinese, however, are two of the most commonly spoken languages in the world.
Australia is a multicultural society and is in a unique position within the Asia Pacific region, with relatively easy access to many Asian countries including China. The ability to communicate in more than one language is a valuable asset for future career development, especially in education, business, commerce, foreign and government.
A Chinese-English Bilingual education exposes children to the richness of both western and eastern cultures, their literature, customs, festivals and heritage.
What are the benefits of language immersion?
- Cultural awareness can best be learned through exposure to a second language;
- Opportunities to read and enjoy the literature of other countries;
- More sources from which to gain valuable information and insights;
- Improved communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing;
- Comprehension skills are more easily mastered;
- Creative thinking is enhanced in multi-language students;
- An experience that will make learning other languages even easier.
Read more about Edmonton Schools (Alberta, Canada) where they teach Chinese (as part of a bilingual approach) from kindergarten (Canadian Prep) to High School http://www.ecbea.org/about.php