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Courses & Classes

  1. What kind of enrichment programmes does your centre offer students?

    We offer the following courses for students, ranging from Playgroup to Secondary 4.

    For more details, you can refer to the “Courses” section.

    Level Course Contents
    N1 Songs & Melody, Object Recognition & Speaking, Oral Communication Starters, Story Wonderland, Language Games, Creative Craft
    N2 Songs & Melody, Stroke Recognition & Writing, Word Recognition, Oral Communication Basics, Story Wonderland, Language Games
    K1 Songs & Melody, From Words to Sentences, From Strokes to Characters, Listen and Tell the Story, Picture Description, Punctuation & Quantifiers
    K2 Songs & Melody, Hanyu Pinyin, Word Recognition, Reading Sentences & Stories, Picture Description, Oral Communication & Games
    P1-P2 Hanyu Pinyin, Thematic Vocabulary, Quantifiers, Sentence Construction, Reading Comprehension, Oral & Listening Comprehension, Picture Composition Basics, Grammar & Vocabulary Practice
    P3-P4 Reading & Word Recognition, Sentence Construction, Reading Comprehension, Graphic Organizer, Oral & Listening Comprehension, Composition Booster, Creative Writing for Beginners, Picture Composition, Grammar & Vocabulary Practice
    P5-P6 Reading & Word Recognition, Grammar & Vocabulary Practice, Sentence Construction, Reading Comprehension, Graphic Organizer, Oral and Listening Comprehension, Composition Booster, Composition (Picture Composition, Descriptive Writing, Narrative Writing)
    Sec1-Sec4 Vocabulary Booster, Aided Cloze Passage, Reading Comprehension, Summary Writing, Listening Comprehension, Functional Writing, Composition, Newspaper Reading & Discussion
    Comprehension & Creative Writing Reading & Listening Comprehension, Cloze Passage, Composition Skills & Practice, Creative Writing, Picture Composition, Descriptive & Narrative Writing, Newspaper Reading
    Oral, Listening & Communication Daily Conversation, Listening Comprehension, Situational Conversation, Picture Discussion, story-telling from pictures, Reading
  2. Do you offer trial lessons?

    Yes, we welcome your child to join a trial lesson.

  3. Do you assign homework for students?

    Yes, students will be given a list of words to memorise their characters and words. The words are specially chosen to fit the learning process.

  4. What is the teacher-student ratio in each class?

    All classes are small with a ratio of minimum 3 and maximum 12 students to one teacher. Pre-School classes may have two teachers to a class.

  5. Are there lessons/replacement lessons for public holidays?

    There are no lessons on public holidays. 
    No replacement lessons will be given; however, lesson material will be given to the students a week prior to the holiday. 

  6. Do you offer a make-up lesson if I miss a class?

    Students who miss a lesson may attend a make-up lesson within the same week provided there is a vacancy for the class you choose. Please contact us in advance to make arrangements.

  7. Does your centre conduct holiday programmes?

    Yes, during the June and November school holidays, we conduct a 3-day Mandarin camp for children to enjoy the fun-filled activities plus a chance to interact with our teachers and other students in Mandarin. We also conduct 2-week Enrichment & Immersion programmes for our students to build up their language confidence through immersion and to be exposed to Chinese culture through lessons that are filled with fun and laughter.

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About HUA

  1. What qualifications do your teachers have?

    All our teachers are professionally trained and experienced in teaching the Chinese language. All our pre-school teachers have diplomas in Early Childhood Education while our primary and secondary Chinese language teachers are NIE-trained or are former Chinese language teachers from overseas.

  2. What is unique about your school?

    Our school provides effective instructions in a pleasant environment. The results that our students produce are outstanding. For PSLE Chinese, more than 90% of our students scored A or A* over the past decade compared to our national norm of 70%. For ‘O’ level Chinese, 65% scored A, as compared to our national norm of 33%.

  3. What is the pass rate of your school for PSLE?

    The overall pass rate is approximately 92%.

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  1. Are there any other branches of HUA in Singapore?

    Yes, besides the main school located at United Square, there are two branch schools at Causeway Point and Greenwich V.

  2. What are the fees, duration and location for your courses?

    Our course duration corresponds with the local school terms. Each school year has four terms. One term comprises eleven weeks. Classes are conducted either once or twice weekly.
    For more details on course fees, please contact the nearest Centre for more. Contact details can be found under the "Contact Us" section.

  3. How do I pay the course fee?

    The course fee has to be paid before the course commences. Payment can be made by cash, NETS or cheque.

  4. Do you offer family discounts?

    No, but we keep our course fees reasonable for everyone.

  5. How can I get a refund of the deposit I paid?

    To receive a refund of deposit paid, you must give us a written notice of termination at least one month before the end of the current term. If you are eligible for a refund under the conditions stated, the refund will be issued to you by cheque.

  6. Can foreign students studying at international schools join the local Mandarin courses?

    Yes, foreign students may take placement tests before starting lessons at our centres. The results will determine the most appropriate class for them.

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For Parents

  1. How should parents choose a good Mandarin enrichment course for their pre-school children?

    We believe in cultivating a genuine interest for Chinese among our learners whilst building for them a firm foundation in the language. There are two types of pre-school courses available at HUA: Pre-school Chinese Foundation, and Speech and Drama.

    For more details, please refer to the “Courses” section.

  2. How should parents choose between the Enrichment and the Writing class for their child?

    The Enrichment class is highly recommended for students who hope to build a good foundation, while the Writing class is designed to help students develop better writing skills.

  3. How should parents choose between private and group lessons for their child?

    Both private and group lessons are to help students improve their studies and perform better in their grades. Private lessons are ideal for those who can work at their own pace and they are tailored to their individual needs, strengths and weaknesses.

  4. How can parents who want to be more hands-on with their child’s progress in learning Mandarin help them overcome the language barrier?

    Parents can spend ½ - 1 hour a day reading a Chinese story with their child. Non Chinese-speaking parents can let their children listen to Chinese audio books or watch Chinese cartoons.

  5. What can parents do to help their children enjoy the language better?

    The best time to pick up Chinese is at the age of 2 when children are just beginning to speak. It is advisable that the child starts learning Chinese by the age of 3.

  6. Why is it important for children to pick up Mandarin at a young age, like in nursery or pre-school?

    Mastery and proficiency in any language comes from exposure to the language. The more a language is integrated into a child’s daily life, the more adept the child will be at that language. In a society where English is the working language, parents play an important role in creating a Chinese-speaking environment for their children. Early exposure to Chinese will help eliminate barriers to learning the language.

  7. Why do you think it has become particularly difficult for children to pick up or speak Mandarin well?

    Chinese may seem a difficult language to master as it is not phonetic-based like most other languages. Hence, individuals who are more familiar with such languages will find learning Chinese an uphill task. With early exposure and an environment to practise the language, children will be accustomed to a character-based language right from the start and find it easier to master compared to adults who are just learning the language.

  8. Should there be different strategies for teaching children who are comfortable with Chinese and those who come from English-speaking backgrounds?

    We place our students according to their ability in Chinese. For students who are comfortable with the language and do very well in school, we will recommend them to take Higher Chinese or the Chinese comprehension and creative writing class where we focus on understanding passages in depth and enhance their writing skills. For students who are from non-Chinese-speaking backgrounds, we will recommend them to take oral and communication class to build up their interest in learning Chinese and speaking skill; reading and writing skills will be built up later when they are more confident using Mandarin to communicate with others.

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