How the Kids’ App Monki Chinese Class Helped Children in Rome to Learn Chinese

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Monkimun (http://www.monkimun.com) is a San Francisco / Madrid based company that creates fun language-learning apps for kids two-to-six years old. Today, they’ve released a case study in which they show how one of their language learning apps has been used successfully by a Chinese teacher in Rome.

Monkimun, the awarded company that creates language-learning apps for kids, have released a case study showing how one of their apps is being used in Rome to teach Chinese to children by Paola Mattioli, a teacher in the Istituto Marymount.

Paola Mattioli is the only Chinese teacher in the Istituto Marymount school. She studied Chinese at university and then went on to Beiwai Daxue in Beijing to improve her Chinese.

The Istituto Marymount in Rome is a school with a bilingual project that offers the opportunity to deepen, and enhance the study of the English language, adding value to their school. The commitment of all teachers ensures that their young pupils acquire the basic principles of Italian and International culture, so as to go forth into the world with confidence and competence.

Despite their concern about languages, the Chinese language still wasn’t a part of the children's curriculum at Istituto Marymount school, so Paola had to create a Chinese curriculum project on her own. Her knowledge of the language, and of the Chinese culture, moved her to create this project where children could learn Chinese as a third language as well as their lifestyle, innovation, and motivation.

Paola started using the app "Monki Chinese Class", created by Monkimun, in her classes when she found it. She didn’t use it only as intended though, in fact, she also encouraged her students to create a crafty version of the app: they could draw their own characters to learn them more effectively, creating a dictionary made with paper and colours as to mix tradition with innovation - all through Monkimun's technology.

As a result, Paola observed that her alumni where learning faster, and more focused with this technique than with other techniques used in the past. She will keep on using this app to teach Chinese in the future.

“Difficulties learning Chinese (...) Lacking learning material. Many Chinese textbooks are pretty boring compared to learning material in other languages. Why is that I don’t know. The stories are boring and way too serious.“

“To study Chinese today is really important for the integration in our schools between Chinese and Italian Students. It is also important because the Chinese heritage can teach us innovation, motivation and Chinese lifestyle” Paola Mattioli

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