Specialised Chinese Programme - 铁棒磨成针

In our Chinese programme (铁棒磨成针), we see Chinese as more than an academic subject—the sharing of Chinese culture and values is key to promote resilience in your child. Your child will enjoy multisensory and hands-on language activities. Be it character recognition, stroke order, sentence structures, comprehension or writing, our teachers make Chinese interactive, systematic and fun.

Firm

Better

Hone

Talent

Focus

Our Chinese programme is designed to first instil a passion for the language by making it relevant to the student, contextualising lessons with everyday situations, and making it fun. This helps students without sufficient exposure to the language and others who lack the motivation to learn Chinese.

Firm and Better cater to students working on character and stroke recognition, basic pinyin concepts, structures for oral expression and rudimentary writing and comprehension skills.

The other levels focus on developing the student’s literacy skills in the Primary and Secondary school levels.

PROGRAMME INFORMATION

SPECIALISED CHINESE PROGRAMME

In our Chinese programme (铁棒磨成针), we see Chinese as more than an academic subject—the sharing of Chinese culture and values is key to promote resilience in your child. Your child will enjoy multisensory and hands-on language activities. Be it character recognition, stroke order, sentence structures, comprehension or writing, our teachers make Chinese interactive, systematic and fun.

Focuses on developing the student’s oral expressive abilities. We believe Chinese mastery stems from inculcating a love for the language, especially for young children just beginning their Chinese literacy journey.

Students will learn:
  • Basic strokes and stroke order.
  • The pinyin system.
  • Word recognition strategies (e.g. 图画法, basic semantic radicals like 提手旁), with a focus on high frequency characters.
  • Common structures of expression (e.g. 谁在哪里做什么), in line with the MOE Primary Chinese language syllabus.
  • Basic Chinese grammar (e.g. classifiers).
  • Thematic vocabulary and listening skills to help them communicate in Chinese for everyday activities.
  • To appreciate picture books and use these as a springboard for basic comprehension skills.
  • Literacy concepts through hands-on activities (e.g. craft, role play).

Focuses on developing the student’s oral expressive abilities. Similar to 铁定(Firm), but with an increased exposure to basic comprehension and sentence construction. We believe Chinese mastery stems from inculcating a love for the language, especially for young children just beginning their Chinese literacy journey.

Students will learn:
  • Strokes, stroke order and common spacing or stroke errors.
  • The pinyin system.
  • Word recognition strategies (e.g. semantic radicals like 木字旁, phonetic radicals like 巴), with a focus on high frequency characters.
  • Common structures of expression that involve expanding a basic sentence (e.g. 谁什么时候在哪里做什么), in line with the MOE Primary Chinese language syllabus.
  • Basic Chinese grammar (e.g. classifiers).
  • Thematic vocabulary and listening skills to help them communicate in Chinese for everyday activities.
  • To gain independence in enjoying picture books.
  • Basic comprehension skills and question types (e.g. 5W1H).
  • Literacy concepts through hands-on activities (e.g. craft, role play, letter writing).
 
 
 
 

Focuses on developing the student’s literacy skills. This level comprises three sub-bands, catering to finer differentiation of students’ abilities and learning needs.

Students will learn:
  • Word recognition strategies (e.g. semantic radicals like 四点底, phonetic radicals like 相 and other strategies like word riddles or separating a character into its components), focusing on integrating the various word recognition strategies to remember characters in the MOE Chinese language syllabus.
  • Common collocations (词语搭配), idioms (成语) and classifiers (量词).
  • Sentence structures (e.g. 一...就...) and other structures of expression, in line with the MOE Primary Chinese language syllabus.
  • Narrative writing skills for both content (e.g. story structure) and language (e.g. reduplication/叠词).
  • To discuss various topics in Chinese with comics, picture books, videos and news as a springboard.
  • Comprehension skills (e.g. identifying the main idea of a paragraph), question types and answering techniques (e.g. changing from direct to reported speech).
  • Literacy concepts through hands-on activities (e.g. DIY coupons, drama, modifying lyrics).
 
 
 
 

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TALENT is meant for students in upper primary levels. It focuses on advanced literacy; specifically comprehension, writing and vocabulary.

Students will learn:
  • To apply word recognition strategies to learn new words, distinguish between commonly confused characters, and proofread.
  • Collocations (词语搭配), idioms (成语), proverbs and common sayings (俗语、谚语、歇后语).
  • Advanced sentence structures (e.g. 一旦...就), in line with the MOE Primary Chinese language syllabus.
  • To discuss a wide variety of topics in Chinese, focusing on current affairs and values.
  • Comprehension skills (e.g. making inferences), question types and answering techniques (e.g. removing excessive details from their answers).
  • Narrative writing skills, focusing on language and coherence (e.g. varying transition words).
  • Literacy concepts through hands-on activities (e.g. drama, modifying lyrics, participating in real world events).

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FOCUS is meant for students in secondary levels. It focuses on advanced literacy: specifically comprehension, writing and vocabulary.

Students will learn:
  • To apply word recognition strategies to proofread their work.
  • To apply collocations (词语搭配), idioms (成语), proverbs and common sayings (俗语、谚语、歇后语) in discussions and in writing.
  • Advanced sentence structures (e.g. 即使...也), in line with the MOE Primary Chinese language syllabus.
  • To discuss a wide variety of topics in Chinese, focusing on current affairs and values.
  • Comprehension skills (e.g. annotation), question types and answering techniques (e.g. paraphrasing).
  • Narrative writing skills, focusing on editing for stylistics (e.g. parallel structure).
  • Literacy concepts through hands-on activities (e.g. drama, modifying lyrics, participating in real world events).
 
 
 
 

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