Language and Section: Chinese/ Intermediate

Date: 06/10/2011

Class theme/topics discussed: 12 zodiacs in China. This class is about Chinese culture and animals. I believe it is important to cultivate students’ cultural competence in learning the language.

Goal of the class:

Students will understand the origin of 12 zodiacs in China. A short video introducing the origin of the zodiacs will be played.

Students will learn vocabulary and expressions about 12 zodiacs and legends behind them

Structure of the class:

What technology, media or props did you use?

  • Handout

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

  • Students talk a lot and they love the origin and histories of zodiacs. The videos are interesting. Students’ participation is balanced. They know what is their zodiac and they love their own zodiac. The video is a bit hard for them.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

  • There is an exhibition in a nearby museum about zodiac. Maybe next time we can have  an off-campus class.

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.