21 May Oxford University Student’s Research at Hatching Dragons City
May has been an exciting month at Hatching Dragons! This week we have the visit of Ziying Luo, a student at Oxford University. She is studying the Msc. in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition and just started her research at Hatching Dragons City.
We had the opportunity to chat with her to understand more about what she’s doing. Keep reading to find out.
I: Why are you interested in Second Language Acquisition?
ZL: “I was brought up in a multilingual community, where most of the residents speak at least Mandarin and another dialect and/ or an ethnic language. Therefore, I always pay much attention to the linguistic phenomena around me, especially the use of minority languages.”
I: What is your research about, more specifically speaking?
ZL: “My research is a case study on bilingual education at Hatching Dragons. I am going to observe the lessons that are convened in Mandarin and English; collect family language background from questionnaires for parents, teaching techniques through questionnaires for teachers, as well as children’s vocabulary development through word games with them.”
“I am also going to look at the course designed by Hatching Dragons and compare it to some other bilingual provisions that have been studied before.”
I: Why did you choose Hatching Dragons to do your research?
ZL: “When I was narrowing down my dissertation topic, I expressed to my supervisor Professor Victoria Murphy my interest in bilingual education and learning a language that is not widely used in the society. Cenn reached out to Professor Murphy and we all thought this was a great chance of cooperation.”
“In fact, I heard of Hatching Dragons before Cenn reached out because it is one of the few English-Mandarin nurseries in the country.“
I: Can you share some of your observations so far with us?
ZL: “On the day of my pilot study, the students seemed to be very organised and happy. Teachers and children have a very good relationship. Children’s level of Mandarin seemed to vary more than that of English, which needs further confirmation, but this variance is reasonable due to different home language environment.”
I: Finally, why do you think it is relevant to study in a bilingual nursery? What benefits can the children obtain from it?
ZL: “It is an important stage for children in their bilingual development. They do not have much pressure to learn any subjects yet, and learning languages at this stage can be more tangible because the conversation is usually based on something children and see or hear.“
“Parents can be assured by the research that bilingual education is a good idea.”
Our bilingual nurseries are the best option to open the doors for your children into an international community. Book a visit and see it yourself!