hihilulu: Transforming Chinese Language Education Through Immersion, Innovation, and Personalized Learning Experiences
Originally published on New York Weekly
by Victor Williams - June 5, 2023 in Education
In a world where language acquisition is vital in fostering global understanding and opportunities, hihilulu emerges as a groundbreaking platform dedicated to transforming Chinese language education for young learners. Led by visionary founder and CEO Jennifer Huang, hihilulu is committed to providing effective and accessible language learning solutions that inspire and empower children worldwide.
Drawing from her extensive marketing and product management background, Jennifer recognized the need to bridge the gap in Chinese language learning, particularly for non-Chinese children aged 3 to 12. With a deep passion for languages and her experiences as a multilingual individual fluent in Chinese, English, German, and French, Jennifer embarked on a journey to make Chinese learning a joyful and rewarding experience for young learners.
hihilulu is her brain child and products of years creation.
Under Jennifer Huang’s leadership, hihilulu has crafted a comprehensive suite of programs tailored to address the specific needs of non-Chinese children. From the immersive Chinese education platform, hihilulu Atelier@school, designed to create an all-encompassing language learning experience within schools, to hihilulu Learn Chinese@home, an engaging and animated approach that brings Chinese enlightenment to children in the comfort of their homes, hihilulu offers a full-service business model that combines digital and physical resources with certified teachers. all hihilulu products and services are constructed on three pilars:
-Immersive Chinese language environment-enableing kids to expose to authentic language usage, vocabulary, and cultureal elelents and acquire language intuitively;
-Right pedagogy of dualism approach: distinguishing oral and written Chinese, which is in line with children language development capacity and phrase, hihilulu enables children to focus on developing their oral communication skills before advancing to reading and writing. This approach reduces cognitive load and optimizes the learning experience for young learners.
-Snowballing method: teaching children the fundamental building blocks of Chinese characters, known as radicals, and gradually expands upon this foundation. Through the systematic learning of radicals and their combinations, children can understand and recognize more complex characters, leading to expanded Chinese vocabulary and improved reading abilities in a logical and efficient manner.
Moreover, hihilulu integrates interactive exercises encouraging children to actively engage with the language. These exercises encompass dialogue, role-playing, and interactive conversations, creating a dynamic and immersive language-learning environment. By participating in these interactive exercises, children gain valuable opportunities to practice their speaking and listening skills, fostering effective language acquisition and building their confidence in using Chinese.
hihilulu recognizes that each child has unique learning needs and preferences. To cater to these differences, hihilulu offers customized learning pathways. hihilulu employs adaptive technology to dynamically adjust the difficulty and pace of lessons based on each child’s progress and performance. The platform uses data-driven algorithms to analyze the child’s responses and adapt the content accordingly.
The effectiveness of hihilulu’s Chinese language acquisition pedagogy has garnered widespread recognition, leading to its integration into the curriculum of renowned international schools and prestigious educational institutions worldwide.