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Regular Crocodile Classes
"Step by Step"
If you were living abroad--in say, China or Taiwan, and wanted to learn Chinese, you'd want to approach it two ways: First, you'd want to study with a mentor (a teacher or a tutor) who could help you learn to pronouce words, build your vocabulary and sentence ability. You'd be learning from a plan laid out by your teacher. Secondly, you'd also want to go out into the community and learn from real-world experience. You'd want to practice by ordering things in a restaurant, telling cab drivers where you want to go, and interacting with native speakers. In doing this you'd be learning not so much from a plan as from the situation you found yourself in. In our view, Crocodile Classes correspond to the first approach while Immersion classes correspond to the second approach.
Regular or “Crocodile” Classes are taught with a mix of Mandarin and English. Many classes feature learning songs from our large library. These songs are presented on a large screen in the classroom. The teacher then conducts an activity which reinforces the material. Most classes end with a craft activity related to the lesson. Since most of these craft project have the vocabulary written on them, they become an additional resource to help you review.
These classes have no textbooks, no formal testing, and no homework. However, students can review material at home using our online Student Centre and parents will receive a transcript of the material, which will allow them to monitor their children’s progress.
There are three types of Crocodile Classes:
1. Crocodile Toddler/Preschool Class (ages 2-5)
Our youngest students will get lots of repetition and a pace appropriate to their tender ages. We teach with Mandarin finger rhymes, movement games, and lots of easy children’s songs that can be reviewed online at home. The end of most classes features a craft project. Parent participation is strongly recommended in this class.
2. Crocodile A Class (ages 5-10)
This class is designed for children who are beginners or near beginners. Students that know the alphabet and can read simple 3-4 letter words are probably ready for this level. Children in this class learn skills like expressing likes and dislikes, asking permission, counting, naming colours, animals, parts of the body, and emotions.
3. Crocodile B Class (5-10)
Children who already have some of the basic skills taught in the A Class can consider this somewhat more challenging class. We will practice more complex skills like describing past and future events and describing a sequence of events. We will emphasize more full sentence construction and the use of mini dialogues and short conversations. We will discuss measurements, prices, shopping, and restaurant ordering.
Currently Offered at: All Locations
Price: $198.90 for a 10-week term
Saturdays price is $212.96. A $50 discount applies when an Immersion Class is taken at the same time. If you register two kids living at the same address, a $20 sibling discount applies.
Prices rise and discounts disappear two weeks prior to the term.