Class theme/topics discussed:
Beijing Dialect and the life of Beijing people
How did you pick this theme or topic?
Mandarin and Beijing Dialect have differences that sometimes confuse students.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts, group work, debate
How did students react?
They are a little bit confused about what they should do for the debate but they enjoy watching the video about Beijing people.
Did they engage with each other and you?
They engage with eache other very well to figure out the dialect in the video. Later they ask me questions regarding to the life of young Beijing people.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Please attach a copy.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Why or why not?
Showing students video can be lots of fun but need to choose the video carefully—the video should have subtitle in Chinese and the speed should be slow.