Oh the places we’ll Go, let's go together! 让我们牵手前行!

Something about me
So glad to see you here!
My name is Gigi Wong, I came from Hong Kong in 2019. I am the school's Mandarin teacher and this is my 2nd year to be part of this great BSI family. With a Master’s degree of Social Science in Play Therapy and a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling and Psychology, I value humanism and treasure every human being. I spent 3 years working voluntarily as a board member for 2 kindergartens and more than a decade serving children in church as a kids’ choir conductor. I do believe that everyone is unique and has a great potential to develop once he or she is willing to.
Is that difficult to learn Mandarin? Not at all, it is just different.
My lovely students would say: "Teacher Gigi, learning Mandarin is so difficult." But, is that true
I always ask my students "What makes you speak so well in your mother tongue?". The answer is obvious, as we spend most of the time using it. In one word, "PRACTICE".
As a teacher but at the same time a language learner, especially focusing on Spanish at the moment, I must say learning other languages is all a matter of time. "PRACTICE" is the key: to talk to the native speakers, to find the common parts that you can relate to your mother tongue; to distinguish the difference between them; to associate the new information to your experiences, etc. These all help to learn a new language easier.
Mandarin is actually simpler to learn than you might think as the structure of Chinese is very basic and straight forward. There is a consistent grammatical structure like in English followed by a subject-verb-object pattern. It is also easy to express objects in plural and when counting, while there are no verb conjugations nor gender difference in nouns. When it comes to the Chinese characters, use your imagination; you will find that it is more like a drawing. Therefore, again, all you need is just PRACTICE. Let's learn together!
 
What will your child learn this year?
For all the students regardless of their grade and level, Chinese Pinyin (the romanization of Chinese) involves "initials" (consonants), "finals" (vowels) and "tones" will be covered while Chinese characters will be emphasized. This year aims to help students build up the basic communicative competence of Chinese. Different topics will be highlighted according to their grades as described below:
Kinder: Greetings, family, numbers, body parts and colors.
Grade 1: Greetings, numbers, food, colors, body, weather, earth resources and animals.
Grade 2: Pronouns, animals, day and time, feelings and expressions, weather, earth resources and hobbies.
Grade 3: Pronouns, body parts and functions, weather, adjectives describing humans, the environment and instructions.
Grade 4-6: Advanced finals, pronouns, attitudes, daily routine, feelings and expressions, conjunctions and activities.
Grade 7-9: Chinese grammar, advanced finals and daily conversation covering attitudes, feelings and expressions, and activities.
My teaching approach and expectation
As a play therapist, I find the activity-based teaching and learning is more beneficial to learners. It promotes creativity and boosts the motivation of learning. While a lot of games and activities will be provided during class to increase the effectiveness of the learning, certain amount of assignments will help to deepen and integrate the knowledge. For "Failure is the mother of success", perfect performance on assignment is not what I expected but PUNCTUALITY, especially this is nothing about capability of the students but the sense of responsibility. Students describe me as a very kind teacher, but when it comes to responsibility, I have very high expectation on it. Therefore, no late submission will be accepted. Parents' understanding and cooperation will be appreciated to help our children build up this crucial attitude which can influence the rest of their life.