Skype opens way for students to learn Mandarin from Beijing tutor

Louise AllinghamPilbara News
The St Paul's year fours have weekly Chinese lessons with their tutor in Beijing via Skype.
Camera IconThe St Paul's year fours have weekly Chinese lessons with their tutor in Beijing via Skype. Credit: Louise Allingham.

St Paul’s students are learning Mandarin from a Beijing tutor they connect with via Skype.

The My Chinese Tutor programme allows Beijing tutors to conduct lessons with students in schools all over the world.

St Paul’s principal Gina Burns said the program gave remote students the opportunity to learn a new language.

“In recent times it has been difficult to provide a consistent language at the school due to the availability of teachers, therefore we have seen the online Chinese Tutor Program as a highly effective way to address this need,” she said.

“Both our students and teachers engage in the learning which is delivered from a tutor in Beijing via Skype.”

Ms Burns said Mandarin was an important language for the children to learn because of the Pilbara’s connection with China.

“Chinese, being one of many Asian languages, was chosen to connect with the WA curriculum and the cross-curriculum priority of Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia,” she said.

St Paul’s Year 4 students, who have been enjoying their weekly lessons that started last term, can already say a few short phrases.

“In the one term it has been running I have heard students from Years 1 to 6 learn to say greetings, express appreciation and count in Chinese,” Ms Burns said.

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