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Bringing Chinese to Preschoolers

Language Magazine – Lauren Cortinas

“In October 2014, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing entirely in Mandarin Chinese. While his delivery was not perfect, the speech itself was a nod to what so many business and community leaders already know: Mandarin Chinese, the most widely spoken language in the world, is becoming a critical tool for global leaders and thinkers. Many parents with young children have taken note.” (more)

The “three little pigs” approach to laying foundations of Mandarin learning

The South China Morning Post – Anita Shum

“Some parents hold off from letting their child learn Mandarin, afraid that they may get “confused” learning multiple languages. By the time they realise their child is struggling with it at school, they expect their competency level to increase at an exponential rate within a short time.” (more)

Call for fresh approach to language learning in schools

The Daily Mail – Staff Writer

“A new study suggests more pupils could learn Chinese and Urdu as part of a shake up in learning foreign languages. The independent think tank, Reform Scotland, has published a report calling for a fresh approach to be taken towards the education of languages in Scottish schools.” (more)

Should business leaders be multilingual?

The CEO Magazine – Oliver Featherston

“In fact, the benefits of multilingualism are numerous. The cognitive benefits have been well-discussed – learning a new language can improve memory, perception and better academic performance. In business, it aids communication, but the real benefits of language go beyond this. After all, miscommunication can be solved by translators. Instead, it’s the surmounting of cultural barriers, which could otherwise lead to misunderstanding and different expectations, that is the real gain.” (more)

Chinese language teachers upskill students for the future

Education HQ – Staff Writer

“Hughes agrees that learning Mandarin is a challenge. “If you live in a Spanish-speaking community, you’re probably reasonably half-fluent in twelve months, it would probably take you the equivalent in Chinese [of] two to two-and-a-half years living in country to get to what we’d consider about a 70 per cent proficiency,” he says. Despite this, Hughes says becoming proficient in the language has big benefits for schoolchildren in the long-run.” (more)

Europe’s astronauts learning Mandarin for future China collaboration

The South China Morning Post – Laurie Chen

“The European Space Agency (ESA) director general Jan Werner discussed the move in an interview with the Chinese state news agency Xinhua in Bremen, Germany, on Wednesday on the sidelines of the International Aerospace Congress, the world’s biggest aerospace forum. Werner said the ESA was very keen to promote international cooperation in the field of aerospace, and that China was a willing collaboration partner.” (more)