Learning Mandarin

I’ve been taking a Masters level course on early childhood education and looking into learning of Mandarin, especially for children like Sophia who have acquired English as a first language.

A surprising thing I found is actually that a monolingual program in the second language (Mandarin) like those in certain popular preschools may not be the best way. There is a threshold theory that if the school neglects the first language, it stagnates and without sufficient proficiency in the first language, the second language suffers as well, resulting in low proficiency in both languages.

So parents out there who didn’t get a place after queueing overnight, take heart that the bilingual program that your child is now in may well be better!

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