Bolton School kids learn Mandarin Chinese

The Bolton News: Mandarin teacher Colin Hough with pupils Saul Farrell and Charlie Ashton, both aged eight Mandarin teacher Colin Hough with pupils Saul Farrell and Charlie Ashton, both aged eight

YOUNG boys are engaging their brain to master the Chinese language of Mandarin.

Bolton School’s junior boys are enjoying a lesson a week to learn the language which has been flagged up by the Prime Minister as an important skill to have.

And already boys have performed a song entirely in Chinese in assembly.

The school is one of a growing number of schools in Bolton teaching their children Mandarin.

Prime Minister David Cameron urged all schools to consider Mandarin as a language option for their pupils, either in addition to or instead of the European languages which have been the traditional selection.

And there are plans to put the new subject permanently on the timetable in the junior school.

Teacher Colin Hough said: “Mandarin Chinese, unlike English, is a tonal language and as such, research has indicated that the brain processes these tones or pitches in the right hemisphere of the brain before the left hemisphere processes the meaning.

“English only uses the left hemisphere. Due to this we are awakening a part of the brain not readily used at school.

“This may have benefits for all students but it’s particularly interesting for dyslexic students as they tap into and exercise part of the brain that English speakers do not usually use.”

The lessons are being run by The Confucius Institute in Manchester and Mr Hough is set to take over the lessons next year.

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10:26am Fri 14 Feb 14

soup153 says...

So they can now order a take away.
So they can now order a take away. soup153
  • Score: 4

11:03am Fri 14 Feb 14

I, Ludicrous says...

It's vital that schools latch on to the importance of teaching children Mandarin and Spanish, and stop wasting time with French and German (we even did Latin at my alma mater). Increasingly the business world is communicating in three languages only, and we're fortunate enough to raised to speak one of them. Well done, Bolton School.
It's vital that schools latch on to the importance of teaching children Mandarin and Spanish, and stop wasting time with French and German (we even did Latin at my alma mater). Increasingly the business world is communicating in three languages only, and we're fortunate enough to raised to speak one of them. Well done, Bolton School. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 2

11:05am Fri 14 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

I can already speak Chinese,

I'll have a number 12, a 32 and a 26, with egg fried rice.
I can already speak Chinese, I'll have a number 12, a 32 and a 26, with egg fried rice. Jim271
  • Score: 7

11:14am Fri 14 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Jim271 wrote:
I can already speak Chinese, I'll have a number 12, a 32 and a 26, with egg fried rice.
Think your comment tells us who is the pig ignorant one Jim. If you have nothing to say dont say it.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: I can already speak Chinese, I'll have a number 12, a 32 and a 26, with egg fried rice.[/p][/quote]Think your comment tells us who is the pig ignorant one Jim. If you have nothing to say dont say it. thomas222
  • Score: 1

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