My kids have been doing Mandarin from N1, the CC they went to didn't have any other language and so we just went for it. their Mandarin teacher tells me that they are quite fluent in the language and that they can cope with it in school. I have also engaged a tutor for them for the past 2 years who comes weekly to teach them the language. I however have my reservations about this. Since we do not speak the language at home, and the standard is quite high, especially in upper primary and secondary, I am not too sure if they can really cope with it. So I am keeping my options open. They have been going to Hindi classes at DAV since last year (K1). So far so good....They still can't speak the language but since it's not a big deal for me (as I am very fluent with the language) I think I can take the chance with the language (this is a big plus for me as I can help them with Hindi as against Mandarin where I know zero).
The school they will be going to next year does not have Hindi Language option yet. I am still hopeful that if there are more students then I can convince the school to let them do the classes in school itself, otherwise they will join the other children for the Mandarin lessons and then go to the Hindi classes on Saturdays.
Btw, are you sure that DAV will send a Hindi teacher even if there is just one child? When I went two years back to DAV to enquire about K1, I was told they need min 4 children to start parallel sessions in a school.
reddotresident wrote:Hi Vividlaurel / Chixchix
Can you share your experiences pls? I have kid who is currently learning Mandarin at school and other who learns Hindi.
Chixchix, Hindi Society or DAV will arrange to teach hindi during their mother tongue time in school. They will send a teacher , even for just one students ( the fee varies). You will have to contact them and they will coordinate with whichever school you enrol your kid in.The school is usually very accomodating of such requests.