In today’s global economy, communicating with a wide and varied set of people is of paramount importance. While the ability to communicate fluently in English is still important, languages other than English have gained prominence in our global economy. Mandarin, in particular, is now spoken by a large population both in Singapore and across the globe — with some estimates claiming nearly 917 million people speak it fluently.
Recognising the importance of this language in Singapore, China and around the world, OWIS has created a Mandarin programme that allows students to become fluent in the language. The curriculum for our Mandarin programme includes oral communication, reading and writing Mandarin. The goal is for students to learn the language naturally in an age-appropriate setting.
Mandarin Prepares Students for the Increasingly Global Economy
Over 1.2 billion people live in China, making it the most densely populated nation in the world. China and the United States have a trading history that rendered China as one of its largest trading partners. Long-term investments by US companies continue to grow, and as they do, the need for people who have the ability to communicate in both Mandarin and English continue to grow.
International businesses seek employees who not only speak Mandarin but also those who understand the nuances of - Chinese culture. Competition for future jobs will be fierce. Knowing Mandarin opens doors and gives you an edge when competing for employment.
Cultural Significance of Mandarin
Over 873 million people learn Mandarin - as their first language. Approximately one-fifth of the world speaks Mandarin -, which is no surprise considering China is one of the oldest cultures in the world. While the People's Republic of China and Taiwan have traditionally been the hub of the Mandarin-speaking world, Mandarin's influence in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Mongolia is strong.
Learning Mandarin also activates areas of the brain that many Germanic languages neglect. Bilingual individuals naturally perform brain exercises as they shift from one language to the other that help them multi-task more successfully than those who only speak one language. Employers appreciate people that are capable of taking on challenges.
Two Key Takeaways:
- Around one-fifth of the world speaks Mandarin. That is well over one billion people.
- Students who attend an international school in Singapore have the unique opportunity to begin learning Mandarin in early childhood education programs.
Whether your child enters OWIS as a primary school student or a secondary school student, they will benefit from the age-appropriate Mandarin instruction offered by one of the top international schools in Singapore. A solid understanding of the Chinese language and culture prepares students to compete in the global marketplace.
Find out more about our language programme, contact us today.