Prepared by the Curriculum Development Council
p.37: EDB promotes the early integration of NCS children.
p.81-83: Non Chinese speaking or newly arrived children:
p.111 to 117 (Appendix 5) Chinese Learning for Non-Chinese Speaking Children
Before entering kindergartens, NCS have little or no opportunity for Chinese exposure,
When NCS children first start schooling, they go through a longer “silent stage”
NCS children might not be aware of the characteristic of “one syllable per character” in Chinese, nor might they grasp the concept of having different tones bringing different meanings,
Some NCS children see Chinese characters as pictures. They imitate and copy, and memorise one character at a time, while not understanding the stroke order
School might be the main or only place where NCS children are exposed to Chinese.
p82: Early integration of NCS students
p86: Catering for diversity does not equal segregation