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This resource is a language program aimed at children ages 0-6. It is available in eleven different languages and consists of flashcards, DVDs, posters, plush toys, teacher notes and lesson plans. It is my view that this program would be engaging for children in Early Stage 1 as it combines education and fun in the format of a cartoon.
I would use this resource in a lesson by having the children view at least one five minute episode. Then plan a follow up lesson with the corresponding flashcards. I would also encourage the children to use the Chinese words they know in normal classroom interactions with both teachers and students.
In 2011, Mandarin was the most widely spoken language other than English in Australia (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013). In addition to the fact that Australia has extremely strong trading connections with China, it is important for students to recognise the importance of Chinese culture in Australia. It is also very likely that at least one student in a class or school, depending on its’ location, will speak Mandarin at home. This means that Mandarin should be a focus in learning about family languages in primary schools in NSW.