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Why Choose MandarinStars Learning Centre?

We provide a very specialised type of tuition for students struggling with Chinese in mainstream MOE schools. Using insights from the latest educational and psychological research, our program caters to students with learning deficits such as poor working memory, dyslexia, attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum, or poor self-esteem, low confidence and others.

Students enjoy learning Chinese at MandarinStars because the learning environment here is customised to each student. The way we teach, materials used, and the lessons themselves, are all matched to each student’s unique abilities and learning challenges. We can do this because class sizes are 5 or less, and each student is first assessed, then placed in an appropriate class. Each class is bespoke and customised to the students in the class.

MandarinStars was founded by Frances Yeo, child psychologist of over 20 years’ experience, and a team of special education teachers and curriculum writers.

Research-based Pedagogy

We engage students with multi-sensory materials in an immersive environment and activities designed to help students acquire and retain what they have just learnt.

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By keeping class sizes to less than 6 students, we can suit teaching pace and depth to each student. Lessons are delivered in small blocks, which build up to the learning objective, in a process known as scaffolding.

Based On MOE Syllabus

We teach the MOE curriculum using materials developed based on insights from educational and psychological research on learning disorders.

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We use colourful, highly pictorial worksheets, multimedia, games, and multi-sensory activities.

These materials offer students interactive experiences, allowing them to see, touch, and manipulate content, enabling unique and effective learning approaches. By utilizing our carefully crafted learning materials, we enhance students’ working memory skills and facilitate the consolidation of their newfound knowledge.

Student-Centred Learning

There are many reasons why students struggle with learning Chinese, such as dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), autism and other learning difficulties.

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We assess the student’s needs and then adjust the materials and the teaching methods accordingly. The result is highly customised and effective – we have seen reluctant students metamorphosise into enthusiastic and engaged learners.

Customised Teaching Materials

Instead of rote learning, we use pictures to help students remember word meanings. The pictures act as memory cues to consolidate word meaning.

Active Learning

Students can encode words into long-term memory more readily when we create active learning experiences using pictures, storytelling, and actions.

Who Should Enrol With MandarinStars

Students in MOE schools from Primary 1 to 6 and Primary 6 (Foundation Level)

Students struggling to cope with Chinese in mainstream education.

Students who take a long time to learn Chinese words but then seem to forget them quickly.

Students diagnosed with, or showing signs of, Chinese dyslexia, ADHD, autism spectrum, dyslexia or other learning difficulties.

Our Curriculum
Gamification of learning

How Does MandarinStars Teach Chinese To Students With ADHD and Dyslexia

For students weak in Chinese, mainstream school classrooms can be unforgiving and frustrating environments. With class sizes of 30 to 40 students per class, there is little scope for teachers to cater to the weaker students. Chinese itself is not easy to learn. Characters look similar, share the same sound but may have totally different meanings. That’s why we teach in a novel way based on:

  • Scaffolding: break down characters into component parts
  • Engaging: use pictures, colours, mnemonics to help students differentiate characters
  • Consolidating: multi-sensory activities help students remember what they just learnt
About UsOur Passionate Team

Our Mandarin Educational Therapy Courses and Programmes

Setting the Right Foundation

Primary 1 and 2

Shapening Foundational Skills

Primary 3 and 4

Strengthening Foundational Skills

Primary 5 and 6

Hear What Parents and Students Say!

Our customer testimonials

My 6-year-old son enjoys the Chinese classes conducted by the Teacher Lay Yen, and has made great progress in both speaking and writing in Mandarin. I am confident he will continue to make good progress under the gentle guidance of his teacher.

Mrs ZhongStudent: Isaac Zhong, 6 years old

The program gives my child a positive and secured learning space to learn Chinese. It supplements what has been taught in school and reinforces the learning.

Isaac ChuaStudent: Nate Chua, 9 years old

Teacher Yi Ting with the support of Mandarin Stars staff have inspired Caleb to find enjoyment in Chinese. Even his school teacher has noticed a significant improvement! Very happy that we have found Mandarin Stars.

Denise OngStudent: Caleb Ong, 12 years old

Alexis enjoys lessons with Teacher Yi Ting. The MandarinStars teaching methods help Alexis to retain and recognise Chinese characters and has helped her gain more confident of her Chinese abilities. Teacher Yi Ting is patient and motivates Alexis with words of encouragement with each improvement she makes. The Center Administrator also takes effort to check in when Alexis has not arrived on time for class. Thank you for ensuring her safety!

JoyStudent: Alexis, 12 years old

This is the only Chinese class my son enjoys. He looks forward to attending Teacher Loo Peng’s lesson. The small class size and interesting methods of teaching allow the children to benefit greatly.

LynnStudent: Lucas, 11 years old

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