How to improve Chinese reading & conversing???

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How to improve Chinese reading & conversing???

Postby Liz_Ryan » Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:50 pm

My son is in Primary 1 this year and he is taking Chinese as a 2nd Language.

But the problem is he does not want to speak the language and his recognition of words is still very poor.

I am seeking opinions from those experienced out there on how to manage this issue, like how and what to be done to boost his confidence and interest in the language.

He has been having a twice-a-week Chinese Tuition at home.

I have also engaged another tutor who comes in once a week, for an hour, only to teach him reading.

Being a non-Chinese, I am not able to do any coaching at all at home.

Neither can I monitor how he is progressing. I am suddenly getting kinda worried now.

Or is there anyone out there who can recommend me a very good, reliable tutor, who can really teach him reading?

As I believe as he gets better in reading, he’ll have more confidence in pronouncing the words, & he’ll start reading more, and might even start conversing.

I am really lost now. Please help me out here, if you think there is anything at all I can do about this problem.

Liz_Ryan
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Postby tamarind » Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:38 pm

Hi Liz_Ryan,
Please read my blog about how to improve Chinese :
http://tamarindvillage.blogspot.com/201 ... child.html

Also read my posts in this thread :
http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum ... start=1190

Since you cannot teach him, you can still get the good resources I recommended in my page, and ask the tutor to use them. A tutor cannot teach well without good resources.

Otherwise I would advise you to send to well established enrichment classes like Berries and Tien Hsia instead of getting a tutor. I saw a poster at Tien Hsia, many of their non-Chinese students scored A/A* in PSLE.

It is difficult to get a tutor who really knows how to teach.

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Postby Liz_Ryan » Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:56 pm

Hi Tamarind,

Thanks so much for your advice.

I was reading your blog half-way, shall continue reading later on when i'm more peaceful so i can really concentrate : )

With regards to your recommendation to put him in enrichment class, I did try to put him in Tien Hsia for a year last year.

But at the end of the year, I find that he does not learn much.

According to his tutor, when she looks at the assisgnments, she commented that Tien Hsia standard is rather too high for my son.

She said it's more to those kids who come from a Chinese-Speaking environment.

I'm really so lost and worried. I hope I can get something from reading your blog later on.

Thanks so much for sharing :)

Liz_Ryan
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Postby tamarind » Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:40 pm

Liz_Ryan wrote:She said it's more to those kids who come from a Chinese-Speaking environment.


This is not true. There are definitely non-Chinese students like westerners, Japanese, Indonesians, Indians, etc in Tien Hsia.

In order for any enrichment class to be effective, kids must practice the lesson every day at home. You can try Berries or other enrichment classes. Once a week is not enough. Try to encourage your boy to take out the materials to revise on his own.

The most important thing is to read Chinese books everyday. One suggestion is to ask the Chinese tutor to read out loud from story books and record it down. Then play the recording everyday and ask your son to read out loud along with it. Start with picture books, like those recommended in my blog for ages 2 to 6. Try to let him read at least 1000 words everyday (start with a few hundred words first then slowly increase). This will enable your son to learn new words, good sentences, and also let him practice his oral skills.

Don't worry, your son will definitely improve if you are persistent enough.

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Postby Liz_Ryan » Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:02 pm

Hi Tamarind,

Thanks so much.

Shall call Berries and see how.

I'll also definitely go into your blog.

Once again, thanx for sharing........... Cheers!

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