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CN S22 INT/ADV Class theme/topics discussed: 中国流行音乐 Chinese pop songs

Conversation Class Lesson Summary – INT 2.21

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Feiya Suo

Day and Date: 2022.02.21

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: 中国流行音乐 Chinese pop songs

Goal of the class:

By the end of this class, students are expected to know more about Chinese pop songs (the history & changes in each era), and be able to talk about which song the like the most and why.

How did you structure the class?

Warm-up:

1)问候学生Greet students

– 今天做了什么?周末有什么计划?等等

Ask questions about their coming weekend.

Presentation:

2)中国流行音乐 Chinese pop songs

PPT is attached in the file.

Activities

  1. Listen to the representative songs and give their opinions on their features;
  2. Think about what might be the reasons for these changes;
  3. Learn the lyrics for 小苹果Little Apple, and learn to sing the song.
  4. Work in group and talk about their favourite music type & musicians.

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

PowerPoint slides (9 in total)

PPT(22 in total)

Handout

Vocab list

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

Things that worked well:

They love the topic and I could feel that they were very interested in it. Some students had better understanding in music, so they were pretty quick on identifying the changes(Like + Chinese traditional elements or elements from other classical music; politic influences etc.).

As to the singing part, they enjoyed it!

Things that did not work:

Some words are difficult for students to understand, so I spent more time to explain them than I expected. The lyrics for the music presented in the videos were pretty hard as well, so sometimes they had to guess what kind of feelings that the writer intended to show in his/her song.

In addition, a student showed me a video about Reggae music. It took some time so I had to hurry a little bit at the end. There are 2 videos I didn’t have time to show them, but I’ll put the link on Sakai.

 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.

CN S22 INT/ADV 设计你的 Ins / Design your Instagram

Conversation Class Lesson Summary – ADV 2.17

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Feiya Suo

Day and Date: 2022.02.17

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: 设计你的Ins / Design your Instagram

Goal of the class:

By the end of this class, students are expected to create a homepage and 3 posts based on their own character in the conversation class project, and introduce them to the whole class.

How did you structure the class?

Warm-up:

问候学生Greet students

– 周末过得怎么样?等等

Ask questions about their weekend.

Activities:

1.设计你的Instagram

1)Design your homepage;

2)Design 3 posts based on your own character.

2.Introduce them to the whole class.

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

PowerPoint slides (9 in total)

PPT(7 in total)

Document camera

Vocab list

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

Things that worked well:

The class worked pretty well! They had fun talking about their character and their character’s personality. Here are some students’ works:

And they had a lot of fun talking about their own works as well.

 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.

CN S22 INT/ADV 假如你中了500万  If you win 5 million

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Feiya Suo

Day and Date: 2022.01.31

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: 假如你中了500万   If you win 5 million

Goal of the class:

By the end of this class, students are expected to create a story on the topic: What happens if you win 5 million dollars?

How did you structure the class?

Warm-up:

1)问候学生Greet students

– 周末过得怎么样?等等

Ask questions about their weekend: What did you do? etc.

2)导入问题Questions:

– 你买过彩票吗?Have you ever bought lottery tickets?

– 你中过奖吗?(请说一个自己运气很好的经历)Have you ever won a lottery before? (Or please tell me about an experience that you were really lucky)

Presentation:

1)故事背景Background

– 2021年9月27日,你在来Mason Hall 2的路上,花了2块钱买了一张彩票。来到教室后,你打开手机一看,突然发现,自己竟然中奖了!中了多少钱呢?500万!!On September 27, 2021, you spent 2 dollars on a lottery ticket on your way to Mason hall 2. When you came to the classroom, you turned on your mobile phone and suddenly found that you had won the prize!

How much did you win? 5 million!!

现在,请你想一想,你会怎么做?Now, what would you like to do?

2)小复习 Review:汉语中数字的表达 Expressions of Numbers

3)现在大家每个人手里有三张纸。请写一写:

Now everyone has 3 pieces of paper, please write down:

①名字 & 工作 A Name & An Occupation

②故事发生的地点 A Location

③一个特别的道具 1 Special Item

4) 分发道具

老师把学生写的纸条收集起来,洗一洗, 然后随机分发给学生。学生需要用给到的人名、职业、地点和那个特殊的东西一起编写一个故事。

The teacher will collect the notes written by the students, shuffle them and distribute them randomly to the students. Students need to write a story with the given name, occupation, location, and the special item.

Communicative practice:

表演 Performances & Feedback

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

PowerPoint slides (9 in total)

PPT(14 in total)

Handouts

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

Things that worked well:

My Intermediate group was really creative and they came up with super funny ideas:

Group 1: Given words: MOO, 大白, driver, restaurant, Snow, Moon

MOO met 大白 in a restaurant. They fell in love on the first sight. One day they walked pass a lottery station and brought one and won 5million dollars. So they brought an airplane and flew to the moon and got married…

Group 2: Given words: Moo, 嫦娥, Mars, Jupiter, waiter

嫦娥 met Moo on Mars and there was a bad guy (the waiter) who wanted to stole their money. They ended up with a fight on Jupiter. And the bad guy was defeated…

Things that did not work:

The class went pretty well! We had a lot of fun. Some of the words that students came up with (like 火星 Mars, 木星 Jupiter etc.) were not familiar by the others, so I wrote them down on the blackboard, but it was a bit time consuming. Next time I’ll ask if they need new word in advance and write them down before their show.

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.

CN F21 ADV 客套和礼节 Courtesy & Manner

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Feiya Suo

Day and Date: 2021.09.23

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: 客套和礼节 Courtesy & Manners

Goal of the class:

By the end of this class, students are expected to know more about the cultural differences between Asian countries and western countries, and be able to talk about their own experiences and act three scenarios with their partners in the class.

How did you structure the class?

Warm-up: A short review of the traditional festivals → Introduce the topic of Courtesy & Manners

  1. Question: 在中国,过春节时人们一般会有哪些习俗呢?What traditions do Chinese people have for Spring Festival in China?

吃饺子 & 年夜饭 & 放鞭炮 & 串门 & 打扫房间…………→ 红包!Red envelopes!

  • How about Christmas in your country? What do you say /do when accepting  a present?

那在西方国家呢?比如圣诞节的时候,你会收到别人的礼物吗?你会说什么(怎样表示感谢)?

  • 但你知道中国人在接受别人礼物时要怎样做吗?要说什么?Do you know what should Chinese people say/do when accepting a present from a family member/friend/colleague/teacher?(There are certain things that you should do and you shouldn’t.)

今天我们就一起来看一看。So today let’s have a look at them.

Presentation:

  1. While watching the video about Chinese ways of being polite, think about the following questions:

你知道哪些中国人客套的方式?

① 接受赞美  How to accept a compliment?

② 吃饭结账 What do people usually do after a meal? Split the bill v.s. Pay the whole amount?

③ 和陌生人聊天 How to make a small talk with strangers?

④ 怎么说“不”How to say “no” in China?

⑤ 回别人微信时的注意事项 A kind reminder of replying to others’ on social media (How to use 嗯 &嗯嗯 & 嗯嗯嗯;How to use 哈 & 哈哈 & 哈哈哈)

https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Ux411V7u5?spm_id_from=333.999.0.0

Activity 1:Guided discussion

Discuss about the questions in groups of 3 and discuss in the whole class

Activity 2:

小故事:文化差异 Act: Your own experiences of cultural difference & act three scenarios with your partners in the class.

Topic: 当你遇见了中国人——在中国 v.s. 在美国 In China v.s. In America(or your home country)

时间、地点、人物

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

PowerPoint slides (12 in total)

Handouts

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

Things that worked well:

Students were really into the topic as well! Their performances were also really funny. Comparing with the intermediate group, they focus more on the level of social phenomenon. For example, a group of students acted a scene in hospital. An old woman had cancer. Her family members were there with her. Should the doctor tell her or not? In China, there is a high chance that the doctor and family members decide not to tell her, in order to let her have a happy rest of the days. But according to the students, in America, the doctor should tell her because it is her right to know about her health condition. It’s quite interesting to jump into this topic in the class and discover those different perspectives between cultures.

Also there is another thing worth mention. In warm-up session I did a short review of traditional festivals, and asked a question: What traditions do Chinese people have to celebrate Spring Festival?

[potential answers: dumplings & dinner & firework ……→ 红包!Red envelopes! ]It is super important to get THIS feedback(Red envelopes) from the student. I found a picture with a red envelope on it(a clue) and in both classes, my picture trick worked! So we switched the topic from Festivals to Courtesy & Manners smoothly by asking what should you do when accepting a present from someone? And then the class went really well.

Things that did not work:

This time the handout was pretty clear so no one had a problem with what they should do. However, there was a problem with time control. Since I had 3 groups of students, the class was more tight than yesterday’s intermediate group. Also after the 2nd group’s performance, we spent a few minutes on the doctor-patient topic. So after the 3rd group’s performance, we didn’t have much time for feedback and discussions. Next time I’ll probably shorten the 1st discussion session(after video watching discussion ), and pay more attention on time-control.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I feel that time management is really important in conversation classes. So next time I’ll pay more attention to it and try not to give too much feedback to one certain group, but to each and every group equally.

 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/stepTeacher focusStudent focus
PresentationWarm-up (10 mins)A short review of the traditional festivals1)Question: 在中国,过春节时人们一般会有哪些习俗呢?What traditions do Chinese people have for Spring Festival in China? 吃饺子 & 年夜饭 & 放鞭炮 & 串门 & 打扫房间…………→ 红包!Red envelopes!  2)在西方国家呢?比如圣诞节的时候,你会收到别人的礼物吗?你会说什么(怎样表示感谢)?How about Christmas in your country? What do you say /do when accepting  a present? 3)但你知道中国人在接受别人礼物时要怎样做吗?要说什么?Do you know what should Chinese people say/do when accepting a present from a family member/friend/colleague/teacher?(There are certain things that you should do and you shouldn’t.) 今天我们就一起来看一看。So today let’s have a look.– Answer the questions
Presentation (8 mins)1.While watching the video about Chinese ways of being polite, think about the following questions:你知道哪些中国人客套的方式?① 接受赞美  How to accept a compliment?② 吃饭结账 What do people usually do after a meal? Split the bill v.s. Pay the whole amount?③ 和陌生人聊天 How to make a small talk with strangers?④ 怎么说“不”How to say “no” in China?⑤ 回别人微信时的注意事项 A kind reminder of replying to others’ on social media (How to use 嗯 &嗯嗯 & 嗯嗯嗯;How to use 哈 & 哈哈 & 哈哈哈)https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Ux411V7u5?spm_id_from=333.999.0.0 -Think about the questions given while watching the video- Be ready to answer questions and give their own opinions
Guided & Communicative practice (12 mins)Discuss about the questions in groups of 3.Discuss in the whole class.In the mean time, I’ll type them on the slide. – Answer the questions and give their own opinions 
Communicative practice (25 mins)小故事:文化差异 Act: Your own experiences of cultural difference & act three scenarios with your partners in the class.Topic: 当你遇见了中国人——在中国 v.s. 在美国 In China v.s. In America(or your home country)要求:①写出时间、地点、人物;②简历三个情景③和你的队友一起表演出来– Prepare for the show;- Perform 3 scenarios with partners in the class
Summary (5 mins)– Give Feedback – Have a look at the cultural differences mentioned in the performances together

CN F21 ADV 我最喜欢的书和电影My favourite book & movie

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Feiya Suo

Day and Date: 2021.09.07

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: 我最爱的书&电影 My favourite book & movie

Goal of the class:

By the end of this class, students will be able to talk about likes and dislikes

How did you structure the class?

Warm-up

  1. My story with <The Martian> & <Harry Potter>.
  2. Presentation: introduction to Harry Potter
  3. Wrap-up: Are you going to watch the full movie (again)?

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

PowerPoint slides (13 in total)

I looked up pictures of the movie on Baidu image.

I used 笔记本 to create notes (see Appendix A)

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

The lesson went really well. Students were really passionate about the topic. In this class every student had read the book and watched the movies before, so we talked quite a lot about it.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I would say I’d like the class to stay like this.

 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/stepTeacher focusStudent focus
PresentationWarm-up (5 mins)– A little presentation about my favourite books: <The Martian> & <Harry Potter>.- Ask each student when and where they watched <Harry Potter> for their first time.– Greet the instructor – Answer questions
Presentation (10 mins)-Who is J.K.Rowling? -Show a picture of her -Ask students the questions: -关于这位作家,你了解多少? -你第一次看这本是在什么时候? -你还记得是谁送你的第一本书给你的吗? -你第一次看这部电影是在什么时候? -你还记得是和谁一起看的吗? 
Guided & Communicative practice (25 mins)-Show a picture of Harry Potter -Ask a volunteer to give brief introduction of Harry based on what is shown on the slide-Play Video clip 1 -Ask students to answer the questions: 在爸爸妈妈去世以后,哈利生活在谁的家里? 他的童年幸福快乐吗?为什么? -Show them a picture of Harry with the word “muggle” -Play video clip 2 -Ask students to answer the questions: 麻瓜是什么意思? 哈利为什么在魔法世界受到明星般的待遇? 罗恩是一个怎样的人? 赫敏是一个怎样的人? 你怎么评价哈利,罗恩,和赫敏的友情?-Show them a picture of the sorting hat and Harry-Show them pictures of four houses and their mottos -Play video clip 3 -Ask students to answer questions: 哈利为什么不希望去斯莱特林? 如果你戴上分院帽,你希望被分到哪一个学院? 在所有的课程中,你最希望学到哪一门? -Give a speech based on the information     -Answer questions         -Answer questions     -Answer questions
Communicative practice (10 mins)-Show some pitctures of other fiction movies魔幻电影, and ask students to answer the questions: – 你喜欢看魔幻电影吗?为什么?Do you like this type of movie? Why?-  你还喜欢看什么类型的电影?What kind of movies do you like the most?- 你最喜欢哪部电影?Which movie do you like best?And make a list of Chinese 11’s most favourite movies & Recommendations.Discuss in groups.

Attachment

CN F21 INT/ADV 大脚怪 Bigfoot (Creat your story!)

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Feiya Suo

Day and Date: 2021.09.02

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Bigfoot (Creat your story!)

Goal of the class:

By the end of this class, students will be able to talk about the story that they created.

How did you structure the class?

Warm-up

  1. Take attendance and greet the students
  2. Have you heard of Bigfoot?
  3. Presentation:

– Show some pictures and a short video clip of bigfoot.

– Give the students the begining of the story.

在一个凉爽的下午,你和同学们在树林里野餐,享受大自然的美丽和宁静。 突然,你听到树枝断裂的声音。 突然,浓雾从四周涌起,你什么都看不见了。这时,你起了一身鸡皮疙瘩。当你再次能够看清时,你发现前方通往树林的小路上有巨大的脚印。你惊恐地意识到……

You are hiking in the woods with your classmates on a cool and misty afternoon enjoying the beauty and serenity of nature. All of a sudden, you hear the sounds of branches breaking. You get goose bumps and you are overwhelmed by an odor so terrible that you are temporarily blinded. When you can see again, you see huge footprints on the trail ahead of you leading off into the woods and you realize with horror and fascination that…

  • Draw two frames: 突然间,你听到树枝断裂的声音。 All of a sudden they hear the sounds of branches breaking.
  • Brainstorm how you thinkthe story will end.

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

PowerPoint slides (3 in total)

I looked up pictures on Baidu image.

I used the projector to show the students the pictures drawn by each group.

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

Students were passionate about the topic. They created all different kinds of endings to the story (Though most of them have tragic endings) and they enjoyed the process of sharing ideas and creating the story.

The only thing that didn’t work was my computer. I prepared a short video on my own laptop, but somehow my Mac couldn’t open it. (The video player did not support the format at the moment… But now I fixed it. It won’t happen again.) I tried to google it on the spot but I didn’t find the one that I wanted to show them. So I just showed the pictures of Bigfoot.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

It worked really well. I’d keep the class like this.

 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.

CN F21 INT 新牛郎织女 A New Story of Niulang & Zhinv

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Feiya Suo

Day and Date: 2021.09.15

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: 新牛郎织女 A New story of Niulang & Zhinv

Goal of the class:

By the end of this class, students will be able to creat their own story about Niulang and Zhinv, and be able to perform their stories in front of the class.

How did you structure the class?

Warm-up: The story of Niulang & Zhinv

  1. Questions:

When is the Valentine’s Day here in the U.S.? Why is it on Feb. 14th? Is there a story about it?

When is the Valentine’s Day in China? Do you know the story of it?

  • Presentation: A brief introduction of the story of Niulang & Zhinv
Niulang & Zhinv
  • What would the story look like if it happens in modern times?

Characters: Niulang, Lao Niu(the cow), Zhinv(the weaver girl), Wang Mu Niangniang(the queen mother)

1. How did Niulang and  Zhinv meet each other?

2. What did Lao Niu do?

3. Wang Mu Niangniang(the queen mother) doesn’t agree that Niulang and  Zhinv fall in love. What did she say? What should Niulang and Zhinv do?

4. How does the story end? Is it a good ending or a bad ending?

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

PowerPoint slides (23 in total)

Handouts

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

Things that worked well:

Students need to get to know the orginal story first, and then creat a modern version of the story. They really enjoyed creating a story by themselves! There was a group created a story like: Niulang was a student in CMC, while Zhinv was in Scripps. While they were watching a basketball game, Niulang was hit by a cow and then taken to a hospital and met Zhinv… The stories they creat were pretty convincing, and the words and sentence structures they used were actually exceeded my expection.

The thing that did not work:

The story that I presented to they was a little bit hard for the intermediate group to understand. So I adjusted some words when telling the story. Since there are many pictures about the story on the slides, students were able to understand what was going on eventually. However, I think to make it easier for students is a good idea.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

The text that I put on the handout should be modified into a easier version in order to match students’ level.

 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/stepTeacher focusStudent focus
PresentationWarm-up (5 mins)Warm-up: The story of Niulang & Zhinv1)Questions: When is the Valentine’s Day here in the U.S.? Why is it on Feb. 14th? Is there a story about it?When is the Valentine’s Day in China? Do you know the story of it?– Greet the instructor 
Presentation (10 mins)A brief introduction of the story of Niulang & Zhinv
很久以前,有一个善良的小伙子叫牛郎,他和一头老牛一起生活,他对老牛很好,老牛一直都想报恩。有一天,天上的织女来到人间。老牛突然开口说话了,它说……。于是,牛郎听了老牛的建议,晚上去河边找织女,他们俩果然一见钟情。织女于是留在人间,和牛郎结婚了。不料,这件事被王母发现了,她……。老牛不忍他们分离,撞断头上的角,牛角变成一只小船,让牛郎乘船追赶。突然王母在天空划出了一条一望无际的银河,小船无法渡河,夫妻二人从此只能隔河相望。这件事感动了喜鹊,……
 –  Understand the story.
Guided & Communicative practice (25 mins)Ask students to think about the questions below:1) How did Niulang and  Zhinv meet each other?2) What did Lao Niu do?3)Wang Mu Niangniang(the queen mother) doesn’t agree that Niulang and  Zhinv fall in love. What did she say? What should Niulang and Zhinv do?4) How does the story end? Is it a good ending or a bad ending?2.Ask students to write a story outline with your partners(In groups of 3/4)3.Ask students to make some props for the performance4. Ask students to rehearse the story5.Ask students to perform the story – Think about the questions;- Write a story outline with partners-  Make some props for the performance- Rehearse the story- Perform the story
Communicative practice (5 mins)Evaluation of each group’s performanceDiscuss in the whole class.

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