Immersion Programme – a platform for bilingualism

According to trusted research that children’s linguistic capacity peaks at the age of 6 and declines as they grow older. It is with this in mind that we – teachers and language enthusiasts have put together a programme which allows children in Jersey to learn Chinese from a young age in an immersive classroom environment in the hope that they can benefit from it for a lifetime. 

The immersion classes are taught through three themes – arts, maths and daily conversations. Each class includes three small sessions of 30 minutes, with 15 minutes break in between, which makes the entire session last 2 hours. We believe that cultivating our students’ interest in a different culture, and developing their skills through a foreign language are the keys to gaining proficiency. 

This programme will be led by our teacher, Di Zhao. Prior to joining ThinkChinese, Di completed her MA degree in TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) from Nottingham University. She has 6 years experience teaching in a renowned bilingual institute in Beijing. Another teacher will also join her for teaching and safeguarding.

This programme is suitable for children between the ages of 3-5. Only 10 places are available. Lessons are offered on a termly basis, with formal and informal feedback provided regularly. At the end of each year, our team will review the progress of each child and compare it to the benchmark set under each theme. Reference will also be taken from that held by mainstream English-Chinese bilingual nurseries/ receptions in China. The lessons will be held every Saturday in our new office at 10 St James Street.

The programme is due to be launched in September. Enrolment is currently open. With the easing of lockdown, we are keen to organise an open day for children and parents who are interested in this programme. It is a great opportunity to get to know the environment, our teachers and receive more information on the programme. Please contact our team for more information or to enrol.

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