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CN S20 ADV Travel (Zoom Class)

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Ruirui Zhang

Day and Date: Thursday, April 23,2020

Language and Level : Advanced Class

 Class theme/topics discussed :Travel to China(make a plan to travel to China)

Goal of the class:

Students are able to use China’s travelling website to book a airplane ticket ,hotel and tickets of tourist attractions.

 How did you structure the class? 

 1.Warm up: Review words related to travelling by playing a game: each student got two flashcards and need to describe the words while others guess the words.

2.Activity: Google search “Tóngchéng”(同程旅游)and try to book a airplane ticket/hotel/ticket of tourist attraction referring to the handout.

Teacher briefly introduces the website and  students need to book a airplane ticket/hotel/tickets of tourist attractions on this website. Then students pair up and finish the task together.

During the activity, the teacher walks around and makes sure students are on the right track (I found some students talk about tourist attractions in English instead of doing the activity). They need to show and talk to teacher about their booking. Meanwhile, reminder students to look through comments which other users leave before booking.

3.Close lesson: Share your trip with each other. These includes:

State the hotel’s name you booked and reasons why you booked this hotel.

State the tourist attraction and what it is like. 

What technology, media or props did you use?  

 PowerPoint

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

 Students had fun planning a trip with using actual website. And It’s very useful to let students do such a activity since nowadays people tend to book tickets online.      

Planning a trip was a little bit difficult for the Intermediate Class. It need to be simplified or more supports need to be provided.    

Could this class be improved/ modified?

 If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

 去中国旅游

Google搜索“http://ghotel.ly.com”:

1.订一张机票:

出发城市:                    到达城市:

出发日期:                     返回日期:

2.订一家酒店

酒店/宾馆名字:________________________________

选择这家酒店的原因:

___________________________________________________________________________

3.选择1-2个旅游景点

景点一:____________________________________________________

景点二:____________________________________________________

10月1日-去中国旅行

CN S20 ADV Dating

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Ruirui Zhang

Day and Date: Tuesday,18thFebruary,2020

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):  Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Dating

Goal of the class:

  1. To talk about the advantages and disadvantages of being single and falling in love.
  2. To talk about important factors which people will take into consideration when they try to find their soulmate.
  3. To improve the oral level by imitating “speed dating”.

How did you structure the class? 

  • Warm up: The teacher will start the lesson by discussing what are advantages and disadvantages of being single and falling in love. Then, write students’ points of view on whiteboard.
  • Provide input: Ask students factors which people will take into consideration when they look for soulmate. Then show students general or common factors which people think important in China. There are related vocabulary on presentation 
  • Activity 1: Imitating “speed dating”(Handouts are provided for this activity): There are some basic questions such as job, education experience, interests and hobby, personality etc. included on handout. First, students need to list at least three important questions which will be put forward during dating. Second, students are divided into 4 boy-girl pairs randomly. Then they will ask each other questions and imitate “speed dating” scenario.

 Follow-up: ask students how it is going with dating with someone. Is the dating successful or unsuccessful? Why?

Activity 2:Talk about the following common questions asked during the dating:

1.长相(颜值)更重要,还是性格更重要?

2你介意男朋友/女朋友年龄比你大5-10岁吗?

3.找男朋友/女朋友时,你会找一个喜欢你的,还是你喜欢的?

3.结婚以后,你愿意和父母住在一起吗?

4.描述一下理想的男朋友/女朋友是什么样子?

        Activity 3: Watch Chinese TV show FeiCheng WuRao, which is a popular speed dating   TV show. Talk about what are similarities and difference between China’s and American  dating TV show.(This activity is for advanced conversation class.)

  • Close lesson 

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

  • Handout & Presentation

What worked well in this class? What did not work? 

Students were very engaged in this topic. They talked a lot during the “dating”. This activity gave students chance to get to know each other with various and comprehensive questions.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

Dating handout:

关于我
姓名 
年龄 
学历(本科/研究生/博士) 
职业(工作) 
收入💰 
爱好 
性格 
择偶要求 

 第一次约会时,最想问对方的三个问题:

1.____________________________________________________

2.____________________________________________________

3.____________________________________________________

CN S20 INT Gift-giving(Zoom Class)

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Ruirui Zhang

Day and Date: Wednesday, April 8th,2020

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: Gift-giving culture in China

Goal of the class: 

  • To introduce the gift-giving culture to students.

How did you structure the class? 

  • Warm up: When you visit your friends, will you bring something to your friends or not? What will you usually bring?

Activity 1: Use break-out room to divide the class into pairs and make students talk in pairs according to the first page of PowerPoint. Student were told to download PowerPoint from Sakai in advance.

Activity 2: What gifts do Chinese bring with them when visiting friends? Please say out those items according to PowerPoint. Make comparisons between China’s gift-giving culture and America’s.

Activity 3:Take a look at the following pictures (Page 10 on the PowerPoint)and guess why these items are listed into taboo. Is there any taboo gifts which means bad luck when Americans give each other gifts.

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Zoom

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

 This topic worked very well .Comparison is a good way to better introduce Chinese culture to students. In this way, students could make easier connection between China’s and American culture. We can always find some similarities between them.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

We spent too much time in talking about “normal” gifts in China. Therefore, we didn’t have time to talk about gifts taboo and we have to move this part to next class. I should control time appropriately.

If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

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CN S20 INT Dream

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:Ruirui Zhang

Day and Date:Wednesday, 5thFebruary ,2020

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):Intermediate class

 Class theme/topics discussed: what’s your dream? (梦想)

 Students are able to communicate about their dreams or goals.

 How did you structure the class? 

1.Warm-up: Teacher will start lesson by greetings.

2.Provide Input: Teacher will  play a video which is there are  a lot of young people who share their dreams with each other(  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww-eyaW6fZA)Meanwhile , teacher provided students with the handout, which covers some keywords from the video.

3.Task: Teacher guide students to express their ideal occupation or what they want to do in the future. Then students pairs up and share their dreams in around 5-8 minutes. Then student say out their dreams one by one. Teacher will provide feedback individually. 

4.Close lesson:  teacher will pick a few prominent examples to make a summary .

What technology, media or props did you use?  

Youtube & handout

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

 As students get to know each other, this topic is good for students to know each other deeper. I am trying to help build a friendly community in Conversation Class. Since students have different dreams, our topic covers all kinds of occupations. It’s beneficial for students to expand their vocabulary.

How could this class beimproved/ modified?

 If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

Handout is as follow:

 我的梦想

职业:商人/生意人(businessman)歌手(singer) 老师  设计师

想做的事情:

成为有钱人/亿万富翁(billionaire)

跳舞  打好篮球

去韩国看帅哥   

跟朋友家人一起 环游世界

考到好成绩/进好大学/找到好的工作

开一间咖啡馆(café)

变得更帅/更漂亮

CN Fall19 INT/ADV Social Media

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:Ruirui Zhang

Day and Date: 4th/5th November

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):  Intermediate/Advanced Class

Class theme/topics discussed: Social Media

Goal of the class:

  • To learn about common social media in China
  • To analyze the pros and cons of the use of social media in Chinese
  • To master some common vocabulary related to social media, like post(发)/follow(关注)/click like(点赞)etc.

How did you structure the class?

  • Warm up:  The teacher will start the lesson by asking some questions:
  • What social media do you usually use?
  • What do you do on social media?
  • Imagine what it will be like without social media?
  • Activity 1:  Fill in the questionnaire and share it with your partner. (8minutes)

Then the teacher will go through the questionnaire with students and guide students to discuss the pros and cons of the use of the social media.

  • Activity 2 : Try to use Wechat.

We will experience multiple functions on Wechat.

Students can post the first moment on Wechat in Chinese and share it with others.

  • Close lesson: The teacher will close the lesson by asking learnt questions to help students review.

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Handout

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

Students love to share their opinions about social Media. And we had fun using China’s Wechat.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

关于社交媒体使用的调查问卷

Q1:您平时使用社交媒体吗?

 a)是

 b)否

Q2:您平常使用什么社交媒体?

 a)微信(Wechat)

 b)微博(Weibo)

 c)QQ

 d)INSTAGRAM

 e)FACEBOOK

 f)其他________

Q3:您平常什么时候使用社交媒体?

 a)起床后或睡觉前

 b)吃饭时

 c)上课时

 d)学习间隙

 e)闲暇休息时

 f)其他___________________

Q4:您一天之内会在社交媒体上花多长时间?

 a)0-1个小时

 b)1-3小时

 c)3-5个小时

 d)5个小时以上

Q5:您会在哪些地方使用这些社交媒体?

 a)宿舍

 b)教室

 c)食堂

 d)图书馆

 e)其他________________________

Q6:您一般使用社交媒体做什么?

  a) 消磨时间

 b)获得资讯(information)

 c)与朋友家人交流,联系

  d)记录自己的生活

 e)其他________________________

Q7:您认为使用这些社交媒体对自己有什么不良影响?

 a)影响身体健康

 b)影响学习

  c)浪费时间

 d)现实社交活动减少

 e)被虚假信息欺骗

 f)其他________________________

Q8:总的来说,您对社交媒体的态度是?

 a)利大于弊                   b)弊大于利                   c)中立

Social-Media-pdf

CN F19 INT/ADV China Double 11(Single’s day)

Language Resident Name: Ruirui Zhang

Day and Date: 11th November, Monday/12th November,Tuesday

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):  Intermediate/Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: China Double 11(Single’s day)

Goal of the class:

  • To know about China Double 11 or Singles Day.
  • To learn some vocabulary related to singles day and online shopping.
  • To improve the oral level by interview and debate.

How did you structure the class?

  • Warm up:  The teacher will start the lesson by asking questions showing in the presentation:

1.China Double 11 is also called __________.

2.In Chinese, single could be called single_______.(Dog, cat or duck?)

Singles day or Guanggun Jie (Chinese: 光棍节) is a shopping holiday popular among young Chinese people[1] that celebrate their pride in being single. The date, November 11 (11/11), was chosen because the number “1” resembles an individual who is alone. The holiday has also become the largest offline and online shopping day in the world, 

  • Provide input:

Show students the vocabulary related to online shopping and singles day by presentation, like discount , online shopping and very new online new words such as “single dog” “sprinkle dog food”;

  • Activity 1:    Interview in pairs and know about your partner’s opinion about being single and shopping habits. (Please see the following attached handout. )

Then the teacher will briefly go through the questions with students and let everyone share their opinion. Meanwhile, compare Double 11 with Black Friday and Cyber Monday to help students understand Double 11 better.

              Activity 2 : Debate : which one is better, being single or making boyfriend/girlfriend?

              The class is divided into two groups. One goes for being single. The other support that to have a

              boyfriend or girlfriend is better than being single.

              Students from two groups take turns to debate until one group couldn’t have reasons to

              contradict.(This activity is for advanced class)

Close lesson: The teacher will close the lesson by  showing students a song called <<Dan shen qing ge>>(The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEvJqxJs8pw)

  •  

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

  • Handout & Presentation

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

Students love this topic. They were happy to know about some online new words. And they were engaged well in the debate. The debate made students be more active to talk.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

Interview handout:

 1.你的大多数朋友都是单身吗?

2.你觉得怎么可以脱单?

3.你喜欢网购吗?你网购时,一般会买什么?

4.你觉得购物会让你变开心吗?

   你不开心时,会购物吗?

   如果你不开心,你会做什么让自己开心?

 5. 你在“黑色星期五(Black Friday)”会剁手吗?

双十一光棍节pdf

CN F19 ADV Interview

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Ruirui Zhang

Day and Date: 4th December (Wednesday) /5th December (Thursday)

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):  Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Interview

Goal of the class:

 To learn some expressions related to interview.

To improve conversational skills pretending that you were employers or employees.

 How did you structure the class?

1.Warm up:  Ask students whether they have had an experience of interview before and share it with others.

Activity 1: Work in group of four for the interview of language resident. Two students will be interviewers and two will be interviewee. Imagine what questions you will be asked if you want to apply for the position of Language Resident? And How will you respond to those questions?

3.Provide Input: Go through some important expressions provided by the presentation with students. So students will learn some vocabulary and phrase related to interview.

Activity 2: Work in pairs. Imagine one of you are applying for ideal job, which could be     whatever you like. The other will be interviewer. The interview will go according to the interview sheet.

4.Close the lesson:  Pick one or two groups to model the “interview”. And emphasize on the unfamiliar words for students.

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

  • Handout &Presentation

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The activities worked very well and students were very engaged. I recommend this topic for other LRs.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

Handout :

 面试官:________  

你好,欢迎来参加面试。

  1. 请问, 你叫什么名字?
  2. 你是哪里人? 你现在住哪里?
  3. 你认为自己是什么性格的人?

你性格比较内向(introverted)还是比较外向(extroverted)?

  • 你有什么特别的优点和缺点吗?
  • 你和别人相处(get along with others)得怎么样?
  • 你的爱好是什么?
  • 你空闲时间一般做什么?
  • 你毕业于哪所大学?你在大学主修的专业是什么?
  • 你获得了什么学位?
  • 你大学的成绩如何?
  1. 你有相关的工作经验吗?你做过哪些工作?
  2. 你为什么想应聘(yìng pìn)这个工作?你为什么认为你能胜任这个工作?
  3. 你期待的薪资是多少?

好了,面试到此结束,谢谢你来参加我们的面试!

  求职者:_____ 应聘工作:_________

你好,我叫______,我毕业于_________大学,我在大学主修的专业是_______,我 现在获得了我的(学士/硕士/博士)学位。 因为______________________(对这个工作感兴趣/专业/工作经验等等),所以我想申请这个工作。

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