08 Sep '11, 2am

New online portal for kids to learn Chinese

New online portal for kids to learn Chinese

SINGAPORE: Primary school students in Singapore can look forward to a more interactive experience while learning Chinese. Developed for Primary 1 to 3 pupils, a new online tool, called the Chinese Language Oracy eLand portal, uses multimedia content to teach commonly-used vocabulary and sentences. Educators said this is especially useful for students from English-speaking homes. Flash animation, videos and audio clips are used to guide students. The lessons revolve around everyday topics such as "important dates" and "activities". The aim is to help students improve their oral communication, especially those who come from English-speaking homes. The portal was piloted in three schools in May this year, and feedback has been positive - more than 80 per cent of students enjoyed using it. "I like the eLand portal because it's fun and interesting," said one student in Mandarin...

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