I am a male teacher.
Chinese tuition: a bilingual approach
N1, K1, K2, primary 1, primary 2, primary 3, primary 4, primary 5, primary 6
Let's face it. Our children find learning Chinese a chore and a bore. That's because we don't take into account Singapore's English-dominant culture. We may be Chinese but we live in an English-dominant culture. If need be, most Chinese teachers can't switch to English to explain concepts which our children can better understand.
My approach is different. No endless rote learning. No endless workbooks. We learn Chinese through a bilingual Chinese-English approach. It is fun and informative. We will learn radicals and idioms. We will learn Chinese and English equivalent expressions. The children will learn to use Chinese as a living language and not just as an examination subject.
If we want our children to be truly bilingual, then we should also ensure that they learn in a truly bilingual approach.