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    GSIS - where to learn Chinese after school?

    Hi, my son got accepted to Kindergarten 1 at GSIS, I know there's no Chinese lesson there, does anyone have recommendation for a good after-school Chinese course (that teaches kids how to write and read Chinese)? Thanks!

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    i really don't think that your child will become bi-literate and be able to speak/read/write chinese just by taking a lesson or two per week.

    on another note, you don't say whether you want cantonese or mandarin. you would probably get the best results from a private tutor.

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    I think we prefer mandarin cause we can teach him cantonese at home. We are thinking of sending him to a Chinese class/school at least 4 times a week, think a playgroup type of environment would be more interesting for him than a private tutor at home?

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    a playgroup is not going to teach him to read and write...i think you need to really consider what is most important to you and your family.

    for this reason, we have chosen to send our kids to cantonese school (with mandarin & english) because we can maintain the english at home more easily than if we sent them to english schools and tried to maintain cantonese at home.

    i am canadian (white) and hubby is hk chinese.

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    you could try to find a few other children that want to learn and get a tutor to teach them together. The tutor could then play games and do reading/writing activities in a group, which would be more fun than 1-1. My friend does this with her child and he really enjoys it.

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    having done private english tutoring for over a decade, i can safely say that it is perfectly possible to have fun, interesting and educational private tutors on a 1-1 basis.

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    Thanks guys for the tips. I think it really depends on the private tutor if she can make the class interesting.
    Has anyone tried the Chinese classes at Le Beaumont? Or does anyone have any good private Mandarin tutor to recommend?

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    Have you tried Earth Village? Lots of kids from intl schools seem to go there for tuition, although I have no personal experience of the place.
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