It is not just local parents. Expatriate parents recognise the value of mastering Mandarin, too.
The emphasis on Mandarin is one of the reasons why Dulwich College, a renowned British Independent school, which started with 800 students in Singapore last year, has grown its intake to 1,300 now. It expects to add another 200 students by next August.
In the college’s dual-language approach, children from the ages of two to seven are taught by two teachers, in English and Mandarin. The idea is to expose children to both from a young age, enabling them to move seamlessly between languages. In the junior school, until age 11, they have daily Mandarin classes.
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