How Do We Get Children To Enjoy Learning Chinese?

The idea that the Chinese language is difficult to learn has been deeply held by many children. Students were interviewed on television frankly stating, "I hate Chinese". Many other attest to that, saying that a lot of time is spent memorising the phrases. The Education ministry is racking their brains to find a good solution for this issue, constantly adjusting their policies. The level of difficulty has also been lowered to better match with the student's ability, especially those who come from an English-speaking background. Despite the continuous adjustments, the complaints that Chinese is difficult to learn still do not stop. So how do you make kids enjoy learning Chinese?

First Of All, We Must Be To Attract The Child's Attention And Enthusiasm.

How Do We Get Children To Enjoy Learning Chinese?

It is easy to make people feel frustrated when learning Chinese, so I would make sure that when I teach, I would constantly encourage and guide them. Even if some children do not like Chinese, I would not scold them, instead would inspire them to love Chinese. When teaching, I will adjust the teaching to match their ability. At the same time I would gradually increase the difficulty, from listening, to speaking, to reading and writing.

We should understand that most children do not hate Chinese, instead they simply are not interested in it. As many of the children's knowledge is acquired in English, they do not know how to express it in Mandarin due to their limited vocabulary. This makes speaking Chinese more of a hassle. Parents can help by incorporating Chinese into their children's daily life, so that their children would learn Chinese whilst growing up. This would improve their standard and also make it easier for children to learn and express in Chinese.

Secondly, In Addition To Completing The Content, Aim To Get The Students More Interested In Chinese Through Things They Are Interested In As Well.

Over the years, I have taught Chinese with the idea that it should be a fun experience. To do so, I would adjust the content to better suit the child's interest, as well as relating it to their daily life. The approach I used is through song, riddles, tongue twisters, and other fun means. These methods are inherently very interesting and enjoyable, making it easy to arouse students' interest in Chinese. Understanding a child's interests and relatable themes, makes it easier for them to learn a new language. They are likely to care and listen when it is something that they like, and from there they would naturally pick up the language.

Lastly, The Establishment Of Incentives.

The carrot-and-stick approach is very important in learning, and we must not underestimate a short sentence like "you are great!", In fact, rewards need not come with a large price tag, a simple praise, or an applause of the action can greatly motivate the child to improve himself further. Students who received encouragements will more likely remember the knowledge they had gained, and from there, find it easier and more fun to learn Chinese.