IS THE PROGRAM ONLY FOR CHILDREN THAT ALREADY HAVE CHINESE EXPOSURE AT HOME?
Absolutely not, and in fact, it is one of our goals to bring Chinese-English opportunity to children from monolingual families with no prior Chinese exposure!
It is expected that children will not understand Chinese at first, and it is common for them to communicate with each other in English. The Chinese speaking adults will consistently use Chinese and other methods of communication such as body language, gestures, facial expressions, visual aids, and objects to actively engage children. Children will begin to understand basic instructions in a very short period of time.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IMMERSION AND TRADITIONAL LANGUAGE LEARNING?
In immersion language learning, language is the medium of instruction. In traditional language learning, language is the subject of instruction. We do not teach Chinese or English as a foreign language, we use them to communicate and facilitate learning.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE FROM SUCH A YOUNG AGE?
Young children are in the prime time of acquiring multiple languages effortlessly. They gain the authenticity of the language(s) they are consistently exposed to very quickly, and at a level that is nearly impossible to achieve later in life. In addition, acquiring multiple languages from a young age helps increase brain plasticity (thus increased capacity for learning), favors developing intercultural aptitudes, and raises sensibility to social and communication needs of others.
WON'T LEARNING TWO LANGUAGES SIMULTANEOUSLY CONFUSE MY CHILD?
Not at all. On the contrary, studies show that receiving a dual-language immersion education from young age heightens cognitive development. The intellectual stimulation that arises from the regular and balanced use of two languages facilitates abstraction, conceptualization, and the understanding and use of symbolism.