English-speaking pre-schoolers to get new Mandarin syllabus
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Centre for Chinese Language has developed a Chinese language curriculum targeted at preschoolers who come from predominantly English-speaking families. The curriculum links stories like the Little Red Riding Hood with real life scenarios to engage preschoolers. SCCL says this sustains their interest through a variety of developmentally appropriate activities, including shared reading, dramatisation, information and communications technology and story creation. The curriculum will be piloted in The Caterpillar's Cove for five years. The Caterpillar's Cove is a child development and study centre by NTUC First Campus. NTUC First Campus said it also intends to adopt the curriculum at its other centres after the first two years.