Chinese immersion vs French immersion for Chinese family
Right now we are at the point of deciding whether to send our preschool son to a French Immersion or a Mandarin Immersion school in the near future.
My wife and I are both native mandarin speakers. Our kid speaks English almost 90% of the time. We've been living in Canada/US for decades and both of us are capable of professional/academic level of English
For Mandarin Immersion we only have one option in Toronto: Dalton School
For French Immersion, we can either go for some private FI schools such as TFS or just go for public FI school nearby.
Mandarin Immersion :
1. judging by the information of their website they do focus a lot on the writing and reading ability of Chinese
2. the kid can self-expanse his Chinese vocabulary once he manager basic reading and writing
3. Ability to home-tutor for almost every subject (Elementary Maths/Science/Human&Arts)
4. Possibility of stay connected to families and my family friends back home, which also might help with the future career if he chooses to go to the far-east.
5. Summer immersion cost is relatively low because we can go back to my hometown and attend local camps without any extra living expense.
1. I don't know much about this school since I haven't met anyone whose kids actually go there.
2. The school is relatively young for a private school (Est since 2012)
3. 15-20 min drive for morning dropping off since we live on king west and the school is in Yorkville.
4. Uncertainty for his mandarin study after Gr 8. If he goes to an English High school after Gr 8 he might his Chinese ability might get rusty quickly.
5. The fundamental difference between languages might result in longer study time for English speaking kids.
1. location is much more convenient, so dropping off/picking up is easier. (10min drive)
2. More accessible resource in Toronto
3. Easier to learn for English Speaker kids due to the similarity of languages
4. Easier to self-expanse voclubary due to the nature of alphabet language
4. Open doors for other Latin languages such as Spanish
1. Unable to home tutor or engage in kids' french study (neither of us can speak French)
2. Higher maintenance cost since we will need to put the kid in French camps and hire a French tutor.
3. Uncertainty due to the drop out rate of Public FI stream
4. Possibility of going to France for a career is low
A bit more explanation:
We've set on letting the boy learn a foreign language at an early age. The main reason is that my personal experience reminds me of how important it is for kids to start early. I started to learn English when I was 13-14, which made my study process extremely painful since the language window was closed at that time. I hope my kid can enjoy the benefit of living in an international metropolitan
Any advice is welcome, thanks!