A Far East movement: Chinese school launches online tutoring program
by Nicole Narea
July 17, 2011
Seven-year-old Madison Kung barely looks up from the screen of his iMac computer when his mother, Terri, calls his name. The Looney Tunes-like sound effects coming from the laptop speakers would suggest that he is engrossed in a video game. On the contrary -- it is his Chinese homework.
The Chinese Language School of Connecticut has taught Mandarin as a second language to non-native students ranging from toddlers to adults since its creation in 2002, but, as it enters its 10th year of operation, the Riverside-based school is launching a new online learning system called iVuChinese.
The iVuChinese curriculum utilizes Better Chinese, an independent study website that provides homework assignments and lesson plans that correlate to textbooks for students ages 8 and above. It centers on interactive learning rather than simply rote memorization, offering games, stories and songs for each lesson.
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