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Review of The New Teaching Methodology for Chinese

MOE has been roling out changes in syllabus, teaching method and curriculum for all subjects constantly over the years. While some feel that changes in teaching and exam has made learning more effective, others expressed concerns regarding increasing responsibility on student’s to supplement their own learning with chinese tuition.

In this article, we will be discussing how does the new teaching approach for chinese will affect you/your child.

1. Listen and Speak More

MOE has realised the importance of exposing students to more chinese while they are in school. As a result, chinese teachers has been instructed to create more opportunities for students to listen to chinese and express themselves in chinese.

In order to create more opportunities for more listening, chinese teachers have to read more chinese passages, articles, newspapers during lesson and opportunities for speaking can be created by allowing more classroom discussions and asking students questions so that he/she can have the chance to express him/herself in chinese.

Purpose of this approach is to create a strong foundation in oral communication which requires constant practice. However, classroom time is limited and this method will only work if students participate in classroom activities actively.

2. Recognise Characters Effectively

An interesting idea from MOE to help students learn new chinese characters through some new methods that are presumably more effective than Ting Xie. This might be a breakthrough in chinese teaching as students no longer have to be subjected to painful memorising of chinese phrases.

You/your child may be trained to use his/her brain more effectively using vsualisation skills to associate words with meaning however this might also mean higher standards of words recognition is expected from students in exams. Students with slower learning abilities might find this a challenge.

3. Follow on with Reading and Writing

As extension of the previous approach, students are expected to be able to read and write more effectively following their increased ability to recognise characters.

This means that primary school students will be exposed to longer passages at a younger age. Explicily stated by MOE, “Your child will learn scriptwriting at the lower Primary levels and gradually pick up essay writing skills at the higher Primary levels”. Parents should start exposing their child to writing short essays at a younger age to train them to write creatively.

4. Enjoy Learning Chinese Language

Ultimately, MOE wants students to enjoy learning chinese. Easier said than done as interest in chinese is extremely hard to cultivate. Many students struggle with chinese at a young age making learning the language distressing.

If you’re a parent who wants to cultivate interest in chinese in your child, below are some recommendations:

1. Read chinese bedtime stories, children love them
2. Introduce them to chinese culture/music/movies
3. Mix a little bit of chinese in daily conversation

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