CLC holistic bilingualism program is an innovative approach to bring bilingualism to Australia by working closely with research teams from both Western Sydney University (WSU) and Macquarie University (MQU).
CLC has a vision to nurture a generation of English / Chinese bilingual young Australians. We set a goal to develop a five years holistic bilingual program for Australian children based on bilingualism research.
The program aims at addressing four areas of challenges in English/ Chinese bilingualism in Australia.
We work closely with universities:
to design and adapt specialist bilingualism programs for Australian children;
to design specialist teacher training programs for teachers to deliver these programs;
to develop education seminars to enable parents and communities to support our effort and
to rally community and government sponsors to create a oversea's children Chinese environment & culture to support age and developmental appropriate and relevant learning.
Language Learning Facts
Language learning is a natural ability for human beings. People who can learn first language can learn a second language.
Best way to learn a language is total immersion.
For an English native speaker to pick up Chinese (communicative) requires between 1000 - 1200 immersion hours.
Best age to pick up a new language is before twelve years old.
It takes an average three months for a child under twelve years old to understand a second language in a total immersion environment.
Children learn through play.
Bilingual Facts Research shows that bilingualism improve children's cognitive development, problem solving skills, results in personal, cultural and social skill enhancement, cross-culturally literate. Chinese bilingualism also has high correlation with musical and artistic development.