Learning three languages through the discovery of different and fascinating cultures, a path full of stimuli, activities, experimentation in contact with sensations, music, colors and distant visions. The goal is not only to teach two languages of great international importance, Chinese Mandarin and English, but also to train the mind to reason on different levels of interpretation. Students must measure themselves with a language and a writing so different from ours, the Chinese one, to make their approach to the study unconventional.
Program in brief
We aim to give a deep knowledge of the language and culture of the countries with both Chinese and English language lessons also through the use of games, activities, dance, music and sports. The program followed is the Italian ministerial one with the integration of several hours of Chinese and English with mother tongue teachers. Afternoons are dedicated to the deepening of knowledge of the languages and cultures and therefore the attendance is full-time. The program is taught in mixed-age classrooms with on average 4 children for each age group. Our school children are trained to achieve maximum preparation in all subjects, able to successfully pass the state exams and face secondary school, even in an international environment. The YCT exams are supported from the first year to check the level of Chinese, as well as the Trinity exam for English. Students in the later years can also take the Chinese HSK exams.
This is a highly appreciated method abroad that includes classes composed of pupils of different ages. This allows the learning phases to be distributed over several years, respecting the individual pupil’s readiness. Lessons can be given to the entire class or only to children of the same age. In this program the student teacher ratio is 4 to 1.
Furthermore, this system develops the social skills of children. The older students take some responsibility for the younger ones because, as small teachers, they help them in the study, consolidating at the same time the knowledge they learned in previous years. The youngest develop relational skills with the older ones acquiring greater capacity in the management of personal relationships.