Here’s a guest blogpost that we did for Dig Mandarin. What songs do you use in the classroom?
We are happy to announce Santa Clara County Office of Education’s first Chinese Star Contest, in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University. The purpose of the contest is to foster friendship and interest in the Chinese culture for K-12 students with a series of four cultural contests on October 25, 2014 at the county office. The contests include calligraphy, painting/drawing, poetry recital and oral presentation.
For the past several years, we have enjoyed Mandarin Chinese lessons with a private instructor. We have generally met twice a week in his home for one-on-one instruction. Occasionally, when we have been traveling, we have utilized modern technology to engage in lessons online.
In a 21st century language classroom, traditional grammar-based language teaching has been deemed less effective when accounting for various learners’ needs. Creating a diverse learning environment is important when helping a group of diverse learners develop their 21st century skills. Teachers need to meet the needs of diverse learners by recognizing their varying background knowledge, readiness, language, learning styles, and interests. Differentiated instruction provides pathways for teachers to react responsively to diverse learner set and maximize learning opportunities. What is differentiated instruction? Why should Chinese teachers use differentiated instruction in their classrooms? How do you utilize technology to differentiate instruction in modern Chinese language classrooms?
The result of globalization has heightened the need to learn additional language(s) and has resulted in an increasing number of foreign language programs launching in public and private schools around the world. As we witness more students acquiring a second or a third language, we might want to better understand the relationship between motivation and language learning. What motivates our learners to learn additional language(s)? Let’s check out what we have found in our survey (http://questionpro.com/s/1-2507584-3949271) after collecting the results from 20 respondents, and explore more into the topic of motivation and language acquisition.
Some time ago, I shared with you a writing activity whereby my kids applied their Chinese writing skills in a personal journal activity. I also described a project whereby my son learned the cardinal directions. Today, I would like to share a more in-depth project that my daughter enjoyed that incorporated all of these skills and also integrated technology.