OVERVIEW

Mandarin: the language of the future

At Norwich we believe that the rapidly growing influence of China in our region should not be underestimated and that for the majority of young people interaction with China through business, their professions, travel, media or other cultural exchanges will form a significant part of their adult lives.

For this reason, we have made Mandarin a compulsory foreign language to be studied from Nursery right through to IGCSE. By doing so we believe we will be giving our students a distinct career advantage within the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

Mandarin studies begin in Nursery (2-year olds) with one period per week and the time allocation increases to 2 periods per week for Kindergarten (3-year olds) and Reception (4-year olds). In Primary, Year 1 to 4 students have 3 periods per week and Year 5 and 6 students have 4 periods per week. All Secondary students study Manadrin for  4 periods per week. By dedicating this time to Mandarin, we can ensure that a full and comprehensive language programme can be delivered.
 
All our fully qualified Mandarin teachers are recruited from China and possess the necessary English communication skills to integrate with our international community at the school.

中文:未来具有优势的语言

近年来中国的蓬勃发展,对我们国家与地区的影响不容忽视。对于大多数的年轻人来说,能够灵活使用中文进行经商,旅游,媒体及文化的交流与传播,将成为他们生活中很重要的组成部分。


因此,我们将中文作为必修的外语课,开设了从学前到IGCSE的中文课程。通过中文的学习,我们相信我们将在亚太及其他地区为学生提供独特的职业发展优势。

我们的中文课程根据不同年龄阶段的特点,开设不同课时的教学。从学前(2岁)开始,每周1个课时,中班(3岁)和大班(4岁)增加到每周2个课时,小学一年级至四年级增加到每周3个课时,小学五年级和六年级每周有4个课时,中学以上的学生都是每周4个课时。这些中文课时的安排,是为了确保学生能全面完成必修的语言课程。

我们学校招聘来自中国的合格教师,他们都具备了必要的英语沟通技能及使用英语作为媒介的教学能力,了解并能够融入国际学校的文化与社交,符合国际学校的要求.