|1. "One-to-Three eTA Project" with Pacific Ridge School An Alternative Solution for Local School Mandarin Chinese Classes with Financial Restraint|
|"One-to-Three eTA Project" with Pacific Ridge School
An Alternative Solution for Local School Mandarin Chinese Classes with Financial Restraint
In October 2010, www.SpeakMandarin.com began a seven-month "1-to-3 eTA Project" with the Mandarin Chinese program at the Pacific Ridge School. This was the sister program of the "1-on-1 eTA project" SpeakMandarin.com had with the school eight months ago. The participants, totaling 18, were from the school's two Mandarin Chinese classes: CHIN 1&2.
Founded by several alumni from University of California, San Diego's graduate school of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), www.SpeakMandarin.com brings to its students highly customizable, one-on-one online Mandarin Chinese tutoring sessions live from Beijing, China.
The Pacific Ridge School
Opened in the year 2007, Pacific Ridge School is a private university preparatory school for day students in grades 7-12 in San Diego, California.
"eTA Project" Session Description
Like what was done with the "1-on-1 project", these "1-to-3 eTA Project" sessions were also well designed to meet the goal of providing customized Mandarin Chinese tutoring to the students. Prior to beginning the project, learning consultant from www.SpeakMandarin.com worked closely with Ms. Shirley Chu, the Mandarin Chinese teacher at school, obtaining detailed information of each student in aspects of their current learning levels, language backgrounds, strong/weak points in terms of Mandarin Chinese study, etc. The sessions also feature scenario-based, picture-illuminated real life conversations between coach and students. Besides, relevant culture points have also been immersed into the conversations and instructions.
What's made this "1-to-3 eTA project" different from its predecessor was that the sessions were incorporated into the teacher's in-class activities this time, rather than being an after class tutoring session. This was simply because it would bring a much easier session management, in terms of logistics and quality control, for a group class. 3 students shared one school laptop in their classroom. Each student had his/her own headphone to listen and speak.
Participation: Totally 76% of students successfully took sessions from this 15-week long program.
Language Improvement: In an end-of-program survey, 66.7% of the students have found it an efficient and effective way to practice conversational Mandarin Chinese after class, as well as reinforcing the in-class knowledge. One student pointed out that "it's good to practice 1 on 1 online since I can get enough personal attentions which I could not during classes." Besides, students also showed enhanced confidence when conducting conversations in Mandarin Chinese with native speakers other than their teacher.