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100 Chinese Language Learning Activities

December 8 2014

Learning a new language is very rewarding. It can be a challenge at times as well – memorizing lists of vocabulary words or writing Chinese characters over and over can get a little monotonous. To keep kids and even adults engaged and interested, language learning activities should be fun as well as challenging. Here, you will find literally hundreds of free language-learning lessons, games, and activities. Join us and have some fun.

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Storybook Club: Press Here –《点点点》

November 28 2014

Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday! Love storybooks? We have a SURPRISE for you. Come check out this week’s story – Press Here, in simplified Chinese.  read more…

课堂教学活动展示分析–关于促进学生课堂交流

November 5 2014

(Classroom Goals: Promoting Student-to-Student interactions in the Chinese classroom)

尽管教学理论时常强调课堂中学生为中心的概念,但在教学实践中,老师仍扮演着演讲者。本短文就笔者个人的教学经验,简单举例课堂活动并进行探讨,鼓励学生更大程度地成为课堂的引领者。

学生背景 Student Profile

学校: Poly Prep Country Day School, NY.

年级:高中生,12年级

班级大小:8位学生

等级:Level IV

课时:4次/周,三次 45分钟/次,一次 1小时15分钟

 

活动内容 Activity

话题:辩论- 住在校内好 vs. 住在校外好。

分组形式:3+3+1,三人一组,一名裁判。

教学目标:掌握选择在校内、校外住宿的特点表达,掌握个人意见的用语表达。

活动介绍:每个组选择正反方,选择支持的命题,由裁判在黑板上进行板书分组,每个人每个组都要发言,裁判在黑板上进行记录,最后由裁判总结正反方观点,并评出胜负。

活动反思 Reflection

  • 激发学生的学习动机 (Increase students’ motivation)

学生在开始活动之前就跃跃欲试,因为这项活动分胜负,学生心中的斗志被激发。在开始活动之前,先给学生提供单词表和相关句式,学生带目的性并在有限时间内进行准备,也给他们极大动力。

  • 针对不同学生分配不同的任务 (Differentiated instruction: assign roles to students)

辩论期间,个别学生踊跃发言,个别同学插不上话,在处理这种情况时,对于前者,给他们一些分配一些别的角色,比如给队友做翻译,这样就直接给了其他队友机会,另外,平衡的发言也是决定输赢的重要因素,整个过程还是非常激烈的。尤其是美国学生的思维比较善于进行前提-结论的推理,有同学说就住宿安全性,要对不同城市进行分类讨论,比如纽约和底特律,情况就不一样,这样的思考,对于泛文化的思考也很有帮助。

  • 辩论结果评估(Assessment)

对于结果的评定,裁判要考虑板书上列出的项目,并根据这些项目,进行因果关系的串联,最后评定获胜方(即哪方的理由和例子更加有说服力)。

单一的分角色朗读课文,已不被广泛使用,因为朗读者缺乏代入感。而此辩论活动给学生带来了直观的体验,对于词汇、句式也进行了很好的训练。下一期,笔者将探讨其他分角色的课堂体验活动。欢迎读者留言。

 


   小编推荐 A Note from the Editor 

配套教材 A Bridge to Better Chinese:小编推荐老师们使用我们Better Chinese大华风采出版的高中、大学教材                   - Modern Chinese,作为活动的配套教材。老师们可以将此活动用于1A第5单元第一课“校园生活”的教学当中。此活动       可作为第一课教学结束后的班级活动,或穿插在Practice练习部分,也可以作为第一课形成性评估(formative assessment)中的一部分来给学生的表现进行评量打分。

Job Openings – November

November 3 2014

 

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Storybook Club: Next Please –《第五个》

November 2 2014

Not ready for the new week yet? Why not listen to a story first?! Come check out this week’s story – Next Please, in simplified Chinese.  read more…

Reading Chinese Like Reading Your Native Language

October 29 2014

Can we use the same reading strategies for any language(s)?  The answer is “yes”.  The same reading strategies we naturally use when we read passages in our native languages can also be applied to what we read in another language.  However, using these strategies in the new language doesn’t come naturally at all, meaning we need to re-learn or re-teach ourselves how to read with these strategies when we glance through morning newspaper or product pamphlet. So, here’s a quick overview of some key reading strategies.

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Storybook Club: There Is a Bird On Your Head! –《小象小猪系列:你的头上有只鸟》

October 28 2014

DaDa! Better Chinese Storybook Club is BACK! Check out this week’s story – There Is a Bird On Your Head, in simplified Chinese version. You know you will love it!  read more…

Special Halloween Classroom Activities

October 20 2014

 

Halloween is just around the corner, so I wanted to share my lesson plans related to this fun American holiday! Since 中元节 (Zhōng yuán jié, Hungry Ghost Festival) is on the fifteen day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar which typically falls over summer break or during the beginning of the school year, it is hard to find a good time to introduce this Chinese holiday. Over the years, I’ve found it effective to introduce 中元节 by comparing it with 万圣节 (Wàn shèng jié, Halloween).

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Focusing on Performances in Chinese Teaching

October 17 2014

In your Chinese classroom, how do you design tasks to better utilize your course materials and make learning fun for your students? How do you design activities that provide opportunities for learners to apply the language to real world situations? What do performance-based tasks (PBT) look like? This week, we are going to cover the topic of performance-based tasks from three perspectives: what it is, why should we use it, and how can we do it in language classrooms.

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Homeschool Chinese: What Are You Wearing?

October 7 2014

My kiddos are now using Discovering Chinese Pro predominately and we are loving the new format. It is very well suited for online / distance learning.

These past couple of weeks they have both been working through Lesson 14 – Clothing (穿什么衣服?)and have had a great time interacting with one another. They love the projects that are incorporated throughout the lesson and have quickly adapted to the new distance learning approach.

My daughter has a greater grasp of vocabulary and sentence structure and thereby focuses on production and fluency. My son, on the other hand, spends more time on drills. They are also encouraged to review vocabulary with one another.
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