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Embracing Chinese Language Week makes business sense

Stuff – ANUJA NADKARNI

“Learning the language is the first step for businesses that want to become China-ready, businesswoman Jo Coughlan says. China is New Zealand’s second-largest trading partner, its biggest market for export goods, a fast-growing service market and an increasingly major source of foreign investment. Coughlan heads New Zealand Chinese Language Week. During the week, it will run a social media campaign teaching five Mandarin phrases through social videos. Coughlan is also director of agribusiness Silvereye and said, as a business owner, she recognised the opportunities, challenges and complexities of the Chinese market.”(more)

Surge in number of students learning Chinese Mandarin

Stuff – Ruby McAndrew

“Each week, Li Ling Ho organises more than 20 Mandarin language classes and story time sessions, many of which are full to the brim with toddlers and schoolchildren learning the world’s most spoken language. Ho founded Ni Hao Children’s Community, a charitable organisation in Wellington, just over two years ago as a way to teach Chinese Mandarin in a fun way. With the number of participants on the up, it appears to have struck a chord. “So far, even just as a start up, people are really interested and keep asking us to start classes in different suburbs,” Ho said.”(more)

More risks on school playgrounds linked to happier children

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Children from schools with greater risk and challenge in the playground environment report being happier at school and playing with more children, according to a study published online April 24 in Pediatrics. Victoria L. Farmer, Ph.D., from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and colleagues conducted a two-year cluster-randomized controlled trial in which eight control schools were asked to not change their play environment, while eight intervention schools increased opportunities for risk and challenge (e.g., rough-and-tumble play), reduced rules, and added loose parts (e.g., tires). At baseline, one year, and two years, 840 children, 635 parents, and 90 teachers completed bullying questionnaires.”(more)

Dealing with cyberbullying is everyone’s responsibility

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Victoria University of Wellington research shows that for New Zealand to combat its high cyberbullying rates, everyone needs to take responsibility: from teachers to school management and Government organisations. Victoria University Faculty of Education staff Professor Vanessa Green and Dr Michael Johnston worked with postgraduate students Loreto Mattioni, Tessa Prior, Susan Harcourt and Tegan Lynch, surveying teachers and school managers from around New Zealand to understand attitudes towards cyberbullying. “We were interested in the fact that New Zealand appeared to have such a high rate of bullying, despite there being a number of programmes in place. Cyberbullying is particularly controversial because there is some debate in the literature over who is responsible for addressing it,” says Professor Green.”(more)

Seven ways to boost your child’s literacy without spending a cent

Stuff – Rachel Browne

“Parents wanting to polish their preschooler’s literacy and numeracy skills are better off asking them to try writing out a Christmas wish list rather than buying every item on it. That’s the verdict from new research from Sydney’s Macquarie University, which found an improvement in the skills of young children who used writing and counting in practical ways such as making lists or composing letters. Lead study author and lecturer at Macquarie University’s Institute of Early Childhood Dr Yeshe Colliver said parents often felt pressured to buy pricey apps and educational toys in the belief they would boost brain power.”(more)

Learning Chinese ‘a necessity’

Gisborne Herald – Kayla Dalrymple

“LEARNING Chinese is now a necessity not a luxury was the strong message at a symposium at Gisborne District Council chambers yesterday…Victoria University of Wellington Confucius Institute chairman Tony Browne led the symposium on learning Mandarin in schools throughout the region…“Language is the key to cultural understanding, and underpinning our business, government and personal connections has to be linguistic capacity”…From 2010 to 2030 the size of Asia-Pacific region economies was projected to increase by 570 percent…If this happened, Asia-Pacific economies would be “significantly” bigger than Europe’s and North America’s combined. “We have a responsibility as teachers, parents and community leaders to start looking at what we can do to prepare our children for the reality coming at us,” said Mr Browne.”(more)