Language Resident/Assistant Name:
Ruoyu (Agnes) Fu
Day and Date:
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):
Chinese Advanced level
Class theme/topics discussed:
Chinese movies and TV shows
Goal of the class:
- By the end of this class, students will be able to talk about different movie genres in Chinese (see Appendix A)。
- By the end of this class, students will acquire more knowledge of classic Chinese movies and TV shows.
- By the end of this class, students will be able to express personal interests (e.g., 我最喜欢看武侠电影)
- By the end of this class, students will be able to find expected information based on the instructions provided.
- By the end of this class, students will be able to provide detailed information on a subject.
How did you structure the class? (please see more details below on Page 3 and 4)
- Take attendance and greet the students
- Warm-up: what is the last movie or show you watched
- Presentation: Chinese movies and TV shows
- Discussion: What do you like or dislike?
- Solo presentation: the one on my to-watch list
- Wrap-up: what you could watch for your Chinese learning
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
- I used PowerPoint to create the slides (17 in total)
- I looked up pictures of some dishes on Baidu image.
- I used 笔记本 to create notes (see Appendix B)
- I used Bilibili.com to play Jackie Chan’s movie clip.
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
What worked well:
- Students are familiar with all the genres, even the one that is less common (i.e., martial arts).
- Students did not get confused about what those points and stars meant after I explained that it was from a website worked as “a Chinese IMDb”.
- All of them have a habit of watching Chinese movies and shows on some American streaming platforms, so they were interested in getting relevant information about what might be available. They also had a lot to contribute themselves.
- There was a Chinese teen drama <> on Netflix, they were very excited to learn that their classmates had also known that show, so they had a very interesting conversation about it with each other.
- Compared to the intermediate level classes, they had a bigger vocabulary size to support their production on likes and dislikes, so they felt comfortable bringing up more prior experiences with different kinds of shows and movies.
- They were willing to invite the observer to their conversations and get them going smoothly. That was my first time watching them speak in Chinese to an “outsider”. I was quite satisfied with their performances.
What did not work:
- They were familiar with those genres as just “terms” or “words”, they did not have sufficient experience with most of them to reflect on. I was expected the advanced level class to know more information about certain topics such as Jin Yong’s work. But only one student had heard of him.
- I thought they had already learned the four great novels somewhere else. Although I was aware of the lack of knowledge of the details (that is why I demonstrated them in English). But none of the students had even heard of them. It made my presentation on it more challenging.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
- I always try to avoid giving away too much information about the coming topics to make sure their output is spontaneous. In the future, if the topics seem to need a fair amount of world knowledge, I probably will release the agenda of the next class prior to it to help them prepare for their participation.
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.
|Time/step||Teacher focus||Student focus|
|Presentation Warm-up (5 mins)||-Take attendance -Greet students by asking them if they still remember the differences among 明星，名人，网红，偶像。||– Connect their devices – Greet the instructor – Answer questions|
|Presentation (20 mins)||-Show them different genres of the movies and TV shows -Introduce Jin Yong and his work -Show them the old Hong Kong version and the new Mainland China’s version -Demonstrate the list of the gangster movies -Play a 30-second clip of 《无间道》 -Demonstrate Zhou Xingchi’s work -Demonstrate the list of the action movies -Play a 2-minute clip of 《我是谁》 -Demonstrate the list of the new action movies produced by some new directors from Mainland China -Sharing my own experience of watching 《红海行动》and 《战狼》at AMC -Demonstrate the rest of the slides of the movies -Introduce the four great classic novels (see Appendix B) -Play the theme song of 《西游记》 -Demonstrate the rest of the slides of the TV shows|
|Guided practice (15 mins)||-Make sure they are able to access the handout -Send them into breakout rooms -Let them discuss the questions with their partners: their favorite movie genres; last watched Chinese movie; last watched Chinese TV show, etc. -Bring them back to the main session -Ask them what show they were talking about, whether they use Chinese subtitles; whether they use English subtitles, etc.|| |
-Discuss with their partners
-Present to the class
|Communicative practice (15 mins)||-Show them a 45-second video clip of 《知否》 -Read the four lines on the slide -Explain what they mean -Explain why I show them that -Ask them what cultural aspects were presented in it -Ask them what historical aspects were presented|
|Wrap-up (5 mins)||-Go over the genres and their Chinese expressions -Mention the availability of the list of movies and shows on Sakai||-Ask questions|
武俠片/武侠片 Martial arts
電視劇/电视剧 TV dramas
四大名著 Four great novels
古装片 period drama