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Metacognition – Thinking about thinking…?


So many strokes, so many strokes order to remember, each Chinese character looks complicated…

Not easy, painful, hard to remember, these are what many Mandarin learners associate with when learning Mandarin – the most difficult language in the world. What if we take them out of these “learner” perspective, and make them feel confident of what they have learnt thus far?

Metacognition Instruction has been practiced in class. In simple words, this strategy we take on in class is that students also learn how they learn, and examine which methods are more effective for themselves. Students are highly encouraged to take charge of their learning, asking questions to crystallize their learning.

With this promotion of Autonomous Learning, students are given space and time to reflect on how to retain knowledge better. Look what happened when they took on the role as an inspector

  Students actually devised smart ways that made things difficult for their peers! They dismantled each Chinese character into the individual strokes, and their buddy was supposed to guess and form it correctly. Very creative, isn’t it?


 Glad that students are one step closer to being lifelong learners!

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Celebrating #cismbookweek2018

Last week, CISM celebrated the annual Book Week and the whole school was filled with much buzz and excitement.

During this fun-filled week, we also saw the introduction of many new Chinese book titles in the school library – check this out!

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These titles were handpicked by the Chinese department, who ensured that the content was interesting and the format was suitable for our learners. IMG-7468 IMG-7469

Love this story on Tian Ji’s Horse-racing Strategy! (Psst… watch the video here:

Other classical stories which distills the Chinese wisdom:


These classic tales come in Simplified Chinese, has Phonetic guide, and even included the English translation.


For parents who are interested to do reading sessions with your child, there are some explanations and also suggestions on carrying out the activity. IMG-7472The Mandarin Storytelling Club started with one of these titles yesterday, and the club members got to know the famous martial arts movie star Jackie Chan. They were so tickled by the story, and also learnt how to identify Jackie Chan – his big nose!

There sure is something for everyone, so do encourage your child to borrow these brand-new titles from the library!

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Learning by Teaching

Learning mandarin is not easy, but somehow students find it incredibly fun to teach it to one another.

One way of a quick review on new vocabulary is to have the students to quiz one another, right after they are done with the writing practice.


Fun in class: guessing and writing the Chinese character my classmate is writing on my back.

Loving how the students take on active learning!

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September Highlights

With the mid-autumn full moon, end-September is a time for family reunion for the Chinese.

In class, students learnt about the legend of Chang’E before acting it out in groups. They also had fun with the traditional dice game.

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Most students had already learnt how to play it, and this year we introduced the origin – yes the dice game is a tradition from Xiamen (a city in China) and not a practice of all Chinese!

Everyone went home with some goodies from the game – what’s not to love about a sure-win lucky draw? :)

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Welcome to a year of joyful learning!

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to SY18/19! I am Ms. Khloie Tan (Chen Lao Shi), and I am the Chinese teacher for Grade 3, ES1/Grade 4 and MS1/ES1. It is my pleasure to be part of the CISM faculty this year and I look forward to a wonderful and fun-filled learning experience in CISM.

I believe that students should be the center of learning and my job is to facilitate, guide and lead each and every one of them as they go through every learning opportunity within and outside of the classroom.

I believe that teachers and parents share a common goal here in school: for children to have a fruitful and successful learning experience all throughout the year. In this note, an open communication will greatly help your child’s Chinese learning development. Please feel free to contact me through my email and/or set an appointment with Ms. Kitin Conchu at Tel. No. (632) 798-0011 Local 103 or 116.

Here’s a quick peek on our first week in Mandarin class:

CheersES1 students drawing pictures to recap what they learnt in the previous school year