Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

Ting Cao

Day and Date:


Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Chinese, Advanced 

Class theme/topics discussed:


Goal of the class:

In this class, students will explain meanings of their English and Chinese names, and learn some customs about how to give names in China.  

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm up activity:

Ask students to write their English and Chinese names on the white board and explain meanings to other students.

2. Tendency of names

a. Students introduce some common English names in the U.S.

b. Teacher introduces tendency of Chinese names in China.

3. Strange English names:

a. Ask students: Some foreigners have strange English names. Have you heard some? What are they?

b. Show students some pictures of Chinese celebrities, ask students to give them English names and explain why.

c. Watch a video from a Chinese TV program, and the video is about how people get English names in Taiwan.

4. Activity

Now many American stars are popular in China and their fans even gave them Chinese nicknames. In this game, students will get a handout with some stars’ English names and Chinese nicknames on it. Students work in pairs and find out the right nicknames for all the stars. At the end teacher tells the right answer and meanings of those nicknames.

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

PowerPoint, handout and a video:

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

Class was successful. Though the warm up activity, students learn about meanings of their classmates’ name. They also liked the last game.

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.



Scarlett Johansson     寡姐

Tom Hiddleston          抖森

Orlando Bloom           开花

Chris Hemsworth        锤哥

Katy Perry             水果姐

Taylor Swift           霉霉

Ryan Gosling           高司令

Justin Timberlake   贾老板

Bruno Mars             火星哥

Kanye West             坎爷