Comparing Chinese Enrichment (Primary/Preschool)

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Which is your preferred Chinese enrichment programme?

Apple Pie Language
9
1%
Berries
356
40%
Busy Bees Learning Centre
34
4%
Eduplus Language Centre
28
3%
Hua Language Centre
37
4%
Jiang Education Centre
52
6%
Kumon
14
2%
Molin Tutorial Centre
25
3%
Skylace Language School
8
1%
Tien Hsia Language School
159
18%
Yuquan Language School
24
3%
Hokkien Huay Kuan Arts & Cultural Troupe
34
4%
Beijing Language School
36
4%
Story Island
9
1%
Xue Ni Language Centre
11
1%
Han Language Centre
53
6%
 
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Comparing Chinese Enrichment (Primary/Preschool)

Post by berriejam » Sat May 03, 2008 9:53 am

Which one is better in terms of teaching method? I am looking for chinese enrichment for my son for next year when he turns 4 and want to find a school that will aptly prepare him for P1 over the next few years. Any parents have experience in any of these school and care to share?

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Berries World, Tien Hsia or Hua Language?

Post by ChiefKiasu » Sat May 03, 2008 10:49 am

The Hua Language centre comes to mind. It is acclaimed, and recognized as a very effective enrichment programme. Very good for Primary school preparation.

Tien Hsia is also another very popular franchise - but, hey... they spelt their own name wrong in hanyu pingyin :D

I tried Berries before, but somehow feel it is over-rated. Not sure it actually helps prepare the child for P1.

Here's a list of others you may consider.
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Berries World, Tien Hsia or Hua Language?

Post by jedamum » Sat May 03, 2008 12:41 pm

My boy is in K2. He has been with berries for a year and I am happy with the progress. Now he speaks proper mandarin (tonation) and can communicate with my parents. Additionally, he looks forward to every lesson.

I have read that while berries tend to be more fun, Tien Hsia is more academic. Different parents like different teaching styles and the quality of teachers varies for different outlets. Personally I have no experience with Hua Language. You can call up for trial session and gauge your kids' response and the curriculum/teaching style to see if it suits your expectations.

Important note is that no matter how good the enrichment is, there is a need for parents to be actively involved in revision to see the maximum results of the programme.

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Berries World, Tien Hsia or Hua Language?

Post by berriejam » Sun May 04, 2008 10:47 am

Thanks for the information. When is a good age to start mandarin enrichment? Is 4 yr old too young?

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Berries World, Tien Hsia or Hua Language?

Post by ChiefKiasu » Sun May 04, 2008 1:50 pm

berriejam wrote:Thanks for the information. When is a good age to start mandarin enrichment? Is 4 yr old too young?


It's never too young to start enrichment courses, but 4yrs is a good age to start since most children would be able to take instructions from that age.
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Berries World, Tien Hsia or Hua Language?

Post by jedamum » Sun May 04, 2008 2:57 pm

berriejam wrote:Thanks for the information. When is a good age to start mandarin enrichment? Is 4 yr old too young?

4-5 yrs old is good. K2 is a bit late in my opinion.

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Berries World, Tien Hsia or Hua Language?

Post by ChiefKiasu » Sun May 04, 2008 11:11 pm

Yes... K2 is way too late.

I'm also in the market for some Chinese enrichment classes for my 2.5 yo daughter. Will probably check out Tien Hsia.
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Berries World, Tien Hsia or Hua Language?

Post by AAs » Mon May 05, 2008 11:57 am

I am a mother of 2 girls, age 9 & 5.
I have tried both Tien Hsia & Berries. I think they are both good. I believe if the teachers are dedicated, kids will learn & enjoy. Currently, my 5-yr old is in Berries which she is enjoying as much as she was with Tien Hsia.
My older girl has been to another one, which I withdrew after 1 term, cos' I feel that the teachers are "just doing their job" kind.

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Berries World, Tien Hsia or Hua Language?

Post by berriejam » Tue May 06, 2008 10:58 am

side track a bit, since we want them to excel in mandarin, so do you think it's better that they attend SAP school? Or are normal school's CL just as good?

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Berries World, Tien Hsia or Hua Language?

Post by ChiefKiasu » Tue May 06, 2008 4:36 pm

SAP schools do Higher Chinese. Normal schools do... normal Chinese. So clearly SAP schools do Chinese at a higher level. Whether the children can handle that depends entirely on their parents' ability to create the necessary environment at home.
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