Early Childhood Language Program

 

The Victoria’s Early Childhood Language Program is a part of our funded kindergarten program, which we have delivered since 2018.

The ‘Learn Languages at kindergarten’ program involves children learning in another language for up to three hours a week, and was exclusively offered to around 150 kindergartens across Victoria.

 

The language chosen by majority vote at our centre was Mandarin. Our language teacher is a degree-qualified Early Childhood Teacher and a native Mandarin speaker.

A quality language program delivered to children from a young age includes many benefits, such as:

  • Increased reading and writing skills
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Strengthened brain development
  • Improved problem-solving skills

Through the language program, children in the kindergarten group are encouraged to learn through play, exploration and problem-solving in another language.

Children learn Mandarin throughout the day, including during group time, transitions and free play time. Children are encouraged to participate in various activities whilst also learning Mandarin, such as singing, artwork, dancing, role play, storytelling, festival celebrations, games, incursions, and much more!

我们幼儿园从2018年开始教授维多利亚早期教育语言课程。根据维多利亚教育部的文件, “参与到幼儿园多种语言课程的孩子们每周会有最多3个小时的时间从幼儿园4岁阶段开始学习另一种语言。整个维多利亚州有150个幼儿园被选中参与其中。” (选自维多利亚州教育部 2019年,墨尔本,《学前教育语言课程开始的指导》第3页)

         我们幼儿园的语言课程是中文普通话。我们的语言课程老师是说中文为母语的合格的幼儿园教师。普通话课程是幼儿园课程的一部分。在学习普通话的过程中,我们幼儿园4岁的孩子们的学习和能力发展继续通过游戏,探索和解决问题来实现。幼儿在一个有质量的语言课程的影响下,能够得到多方面的发展和优势。这些优势包括:

  • 读写能力的提高
  • 更加灵敏的思维能力
  • 促进大脑的发展
  • 增强解决问题的能力

(选自维多利亚州教育部 2019年,墨尔本,《学前教育语言课程开始的指导》第3页)

         幼儿在一天中通过多种多样的各个环节来学习普通话,包括集体上课环节,各个活动的衔接和自由游戏时间。老师带领孩子们参与唱歌、艺术创作、跳舞、角色扮演、讲故事、中华节日的庆祝活动、游戏和邀请专门的机构进入幼儿园表演等丰富多彩的活动来学习中文普通话。