A groundbreaking way to learn Chinese online

OVERVIEW – Why learn Chinese?

Did you know that Mandarin is spoken by over 1.2 billion people? Languages open the world up in new and exciting ways, allowing connection with others and fostering empathy.

All of us at Dragons are passionate about language learning and the benefits it provides to students: cognitive development, higher verbal and non-verbal intelligence, better attention and more.

The value of learning Chinese will last a lifetime too, opening doors to  myriad career and extra-curricular opportunities.

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The benefits of DragonsConnect

Pupils with headsets learning Chinese on our online learning platform

Engagement

Pupils show high levels of engagement when learning in small groups and supported by an Online Learning Platform. Regular reporting makes it easy to see each student’s engagement so any problems are  addressed early. 

One of our teachers in the middle of one of his lessons

Progress

The course is fully aligned to primary and secondary school curricula and the platform provides full tracking of pupil progress and data/metrics. This includes activity completion, class behaviour and personalised feedback on each student.

Some students with their hands up

Fascination

Study the world’s most spoken language, combined with cultural studies.  Students gain invaluable cultural knowledge whilst simultaneously advancing their Mandarin Chinese skills.

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Clients and testimonials

High-quality teaching, ongoing flexibility, alignment to busy timetables and simple IT setup have made DragonsConnect a huge success since 2018. Alongside a growing school client base, Dragons also launched a corporate programme with Alibaba.com across 5 regional offices.

“I’m delighted to hear that the session went so well. A big thank you to the IT team and to everyone else involved. It’s great to see our pupils enjoying learning Mandarin.”

Anne Lynch, Headteacher, The Royal School, Haslemere

Secondary

“The online teaching went very smoothly. Dragons Teaching sent over all of the details regarding the setup. The staff were friendly, organised and knew exactly what they were doing.”

D McNicholls, Head of IT,
The Mall School, Surrey

Prep/Primary

“This year we have deepened our cooperation with Dragons Teaching, extending the support of Chinese learning to the entire Alibaba European office, and
we started the online learning model.”

Luo Jiajing, Human Resources Alibaba.com, London Office

Corporate

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How it works

DragonsConnect splits classes into 4 small groups.

2 groups participate in live online classes while the other 2 pre-learn on our bespoke Online Learning Platform (OLP), before switching halfway.

Live online class 

Students are taught in a virtual classroom with lessons that feature interactive whiteboards and quizzes

Online Learning Platform

Content is fun, engaging and aligned with the live online class to consolidate knowledge. The platform measures each student’s progress and they receive badges and awards to reflect their effort and achievement.

 

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See our teachers in action

DragonsConnect provides only the best Mandarin teachers to UK schools. The majority are currently teaching or have taught Mandarin in British or international schools and appreciate the focus on quality, engagement and reporting.

Our teachers are a mixture of native and non-native teachers and, given the online nature of the delivery, are physically located all over the world!

They possess rich first-hand experience teaching online and undergo rigorous background checks to ensure safeguarding and professional delivery.

Our courses

Chinese class in the school's IT suite

DragonsConnect offers a range of exciting courses suitable for students from Year 5 upwards:

Prep and primary schools short courses. A great addition to spring and summer term post 11+ and 13+ exam enrichment programmes.

Secondary school full year curriculum study. Our Connect programme is perfect for students who wish to start as beginners and progress all the way to GCSE.

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Online Learning Platform (OLP)

The DragonsConnect OLP is built exclusively by Dragons Teaching and contains videos and activities which introduce grammar, vocabulary, and culture.

The activities range from simple matching games to reading or listening exercises, so students quickly become familiar with spoken and written Mandarin.

Games consolidate vocabulary and use algorithms to ensure that words each student finds tricky reappear more often.

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Three of our learn Chinese games

Play Chinese language games

Our OLP includes colourful and fun Chinese language games which students love to complete.

Games provide motivation and a sense of achievment. Click the button below to find out more.

IT & set-up

 

Practicing writing Chinese characters on a tablet

DragonsConnect runs with small groups of around 30 students per class. The only requirements are:

Broadband connection
• 1 x PC/Mac/tablet per student
• 1 x headphone with mic per student
• A member of school staff to supervise the class

We work with Adobe Connect and Zoom to deliver online classes. Simple to set-up, students grasp and engage with online delivery intuitively.

DragonsConnect uses a secure shared view for the teacher-led half of the lesson; for the second half students log onto the Online Learning Platform at www.dragonsconnect.com to complete the interactive games and activities and consolidate their learning.

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