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CN S11 Study Break Almond Flavor Pudding


Oct_Almond Tofu-

1

CN S11 Study Break The Black Sesame Dessert

Nov_black+Sesame+dessert-1

CN S11 Movie: Mulan (not the cartoon)

Movie night_Mulan

 

CN S11 Study Break: Green Tea Cupcakes

GREEN TEA CUPCAKE

CN S11 Off-campus Cultural Activity: Thunder drums of China

Jigu!

CN S11 Off-campus Cultural Activity: Mao’s Last Dancer

Cultural+activity+Mao_s+last+dancer

CN S11 INT Short video self-design

Class theme/topics discussed:

Short video self-design and making

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Students need to work together to build a 5 minutes video clip to cover all the topics they’ve learned for this semester and to make it into a cohesive story/scenario.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group work, general discussion

How did students react?
good

Did they engage with each other and you?

yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

flip cameras
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

yes

Why or why not?

It’s a good wrap-up for what students have learned for this semester and they need to discuss all the details in Chinese. So it’s also a close-to-reality Chinese speaking environment during the project making.

CN S11 ADV Chinese Rap making

Chinese pop music and RAP music video making

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Music is an international language and students love to share and learn about Chinese music. In the later project, they also need to review what they have learned in this semester and write a rap song, discuss the video shooting and finally shoot the music video and wrap up the whole piece.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group work, general discussion

How did students react?
good

Did they engage with each other and you?

yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Youtube, flip cameras
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

yes

Why or why not?

It’s an interesting topic for students and also they learn a lot in making strictly grammatically correct sentence when they write up the lyrics. They also need to cooperate with others figuring out the scenes for shooting and totally emerge themselves into the Chinese speaking environment.

CN S11 INT/ADV Cooking

Top Chef Chinese cooking contest recipe making

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Cooperated with the Oldenborg international cookbook project, students need to work in groups to build their receipes. They can review food/cook related expressions in that class.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group work, general discussion

How did students react?
good

Did they engage with each other and you?

yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

groceries, flip cameras
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

yes

Why or why not?

Students are always excited in cooking and the contest make them really excited and therefore stick to speak in Chinese all the time in case to get point deduction.

CN S11 ADV Chinese people

Class theme/topics discussed:

What do you know about Chinese people?

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Inspired by a video addressing “Chinese from a foreigner’s eyes”, students work in groups find out what they are curious about Chinese and write up their questionnaire. In the later project, they will have a one hour long interview with 6 Chinese students from 5Cs.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group work, general discussion

How did students react?
good

Did they engage with each other and you?

yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

N
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

yes

Why or why not?

It’s an interesting topic for students and also they learn a lot in making strictly grammatically correct sentence when they write up the questionnaire.

CN S11 INT/ADV T-shirt Culture and DIY

Class theme/topics discussed:

Chinese T shirt culture and T shirt DIY

How did you pick this theme or topic?
There are lots of funny tshirt in China and it’s also quite cultural educative. Students can discuss the meaning of the tshirt and the culture/humor behind. In the later project, students also need to cooperate with others to make their own tshirt that related to China or Chinese.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group work, general discussion

How did students react?
good

Did they engage with each other and you?

yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Chinese tshirt selling websites and google image
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

yes

Why or why not?

students are interested in the tshirt culture in China and they are also quite creative in tshirt making.

CN S11 INT Campus Tour

Class theme/topics discussed:

Campus tour

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Students will review direction related vocabulary and shoot a short video practicing what they’ve learned by making a campus tour.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

How did students react?
good

Did they engage with each other and you?

yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Flip camera
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

yes

Why or why not?

It’s closely related to their daily life and can make them practice their language skills interacting with local environment.

CN S11 INT/ADV Whatever that you want us to know

Class theme/topics discussed:

Break: whatever you want us know

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Students will play the teacher’s role and then do a group work to pick up their topic and prepare the lesson. It is a good opportunity to practice their Chinese in a close-to-reality scenario and it is also a quite interesting topic for them.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Group work, general discussion
How did students react?
good

Did they engage with each other and you?

yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

N
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

yes

Why or why not?

Students found the this topic is interesting and they learn a lot from each other’s presentation and interact with other students very well.

CN S11 INT/ADV Shampoo Commercial Shooting

Class theme/topics discussed:

How to do a haircut in China: shampoo commercial shooting
How did you pick this theme or topic?

Students always found it is difficult to describe haircut related issues in the target language and it is also an interesting cultural difference addressing the different styles of Asian and American. In this project making section, now students need to practice what they’ve leaned and promote the product in the scenario.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Group work, general discussion
How did students react?
good

Did they engage with each other and you?

yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Google image, Chinese saloon websites
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

yes

Why or why not?

Students found the this topic is interesting and they learn a lot in how to describe haircut/beatuty care related expressions.

CN S11 INT/ADV Haircut

Class theme/topics discussed:

How to get a haircut in China
How did you pick this theme or topic?

Students always found it is difficult to describe haircut related issues in the target language and it is also an interesting cultural difference addressing the different styles of Asian and American.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Group work, general discussion
How did students react?
good

Did they engage with each other and you?

yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Google image, Chinese saloon websites
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

yes

Why or why not?

Students found the this topic is interesting and they learn a lot in how to describe haircut/beatuty care related expressions.

S 11 CN Int/Adv 39 Spring Festival traffic rush & News Report shooting

Class theme/topics discussed:

Spring Festival traffic rush: News report and journalist interview with homeless people who cannot go back home in spring festival

How did you pick this theme or topic?

It is the spring festival time in China. Every year the traffic rash at that time is a big issue for Chinese people. Therefore, it is a good topic for students to discuss and learn some Chinese cultures.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Group work and general discussion
How did students react?
good

Did they engage with each other and you?

yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Tv, youku video
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

yes

Why or why not?

Many students already know a little about it and they further their understanding in this class. In later project, they also learn how to think, present and defend themselves from different roles addressing this controversial topic.

CN S11 INT/ADV Internet Pop Phrases

Class theme/topics discussed:

2011 Top ten Chinese pop phrases on the Internet

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Students can learn the most popular Chinese phrases

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Group work and general discussion
How did students react?
good

Did they engage with each other and you?

yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Chinasmack website
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

yes

Why or why not?

Students love to know the up-to-dates phrases and it is a good way to for them to use these phrases in scenarios later.

CN F10 INT/ADV Voice thread

Voice thread I

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Students learned movie related vocabulary and then they need to make their own movie riddles.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

General discussion, group work
How did students react?
They are very excited to shoot their own movie riddles!

Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Digital camera, make-up
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes.
Though it’s a lot of work, it is a pretty good opportunity for students to learn, to review and to create.

Movie Riddles

Movie I
Home Alone
3 pictures
Movie II
Harry Potter
4 pictures
Movie III
Matrix
3 pictures
Moive IV
Star War

CN F10 INT/ADV Job Interviews

interview sheetCommon Interview QuestionsJob interview IJob Hunting I

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Students have a chance to learn something about job interview in Chinese and also learn some interview customs in China.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

General discussion, pair work
How did students react?
They feel it is quite useful to learn career related vocabulary and polite form in addressing companies or jobs.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Handouts
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes.
Students have great interests in this topic because they think it is an useful topic for their future career.

Job Hunting II

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Students have a chance to learn something about job interview in Chinese and also learn some interview customs in China.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

General discussion, pair work
How did students react?
They feel it is quite useful to learn career related vocabulary and polite form in addressing companies or jobs.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Handouts
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes.
Students have great interests in this topic because they think it is an useful topic for their future career.

CN F10 ADV Movie Shooting

Class theme/topics discussed:

Project movie shooting I

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Students learned movie related vocabulary and then they need to make their own movie trailer.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

General discussion, group work
How did students react?
They are very excited to shoot their own movie!

Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Flip camera, make up.
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes.
Though it’s a lot of work, it is a pretty good opportunity for students to learn, to review and to create.

Zomibe Movie

(Narrative in Chinese with English subtitles):
This winter…the best movie in your life…Zombie Movie
Scene01:
A movie of a party
Scene02
A movie of Action: run from party and zombie chasing
(Shooting plus: +Speak in Chinese!)
Scene03:
A movie of love
Scene04:
A movie of choice
Scene05:
A movie of languages (thriller & Speak in Chinese!)
Scene06:
A movie of strategies
Scene07:
A movie of horror
(Narrative in Chinese with English subtitles):
This winter…the best movie in your life…Zombie Movie

CN F10 INT/ADV Movies

Class theme/topics discussed:

Movie I

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Moive is a common and interesting topic for students. In the following two class time, they can learn movie related vocabulary, how to describe a movie and get prepared for the movie project.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Handout.

How did students react?

They love the activities!

Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
N/A
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes.
Movie is a common and interesting topic for students. In the following two class time, they can learn movie related vocabulary, how to describe a movie and get prepared for the movie project.

CN F10 INT/ADV Review Class

Review Class

How did you pick this theme or topic?

According to students’ feedback from last semester, it is helpful to have a review class after a few days teaching.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Handouts, Group work, pair work

How did students react?

Students tried their best to apply their newly learned knowledge into finish the tasks. And they feel it is quite helpful to have a review class.
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
N/A
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes.
Why or why not?

It pretty helpful for students to review what they learned from the previous class and they can see what they’ve learned from the class.

Review Class I: Travelling, Transportation & A Doctor’s Visit

Process:
Task1:
2 people as a group. Choose 3 places of China. Start from Beijing, find out how to get there by different public transportation.

Destination Public Transportation1
(duration/cost) Public Transportion2
(duration/cost) Public Transportion 3
(duration/cost) Notes

For Airplane:
http://www.ctrip.com/
For Train:
http://www.huochepiao.com/search/
For coach/subway/bus/train/airplane:
http://www.piaojia.cn/

Task 2:
Choose 1 place out of the previous 3 as your travelling destination, work with your partner to find out 3 most interesting features of it. To describe it without telling its name, other students need to guess.

Task 3:
Review body part vocabulary. Pair work.

Task 4:
Describe illness and ask for treatment. Pair work.

Student’s work sheet (next page)

Review class

How did you pick this theme or topic?
N/A

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Group work
How did students react?
They found it quite useful to have review class.
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
FLRC, camera, flip video, digital projector
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.
Why or why not?
It is useful for students to review the things they have learned and they can apply their new knowledge in the scenarios.

Review III: Job hunting, speed date & table manner, dinning out
Each students write down 3 words they learned in the previous two weeks. Mix the paper and two students as a pair pick up 4 paper to apply them to make a story using comic life.

Review class

How did you pick this theme or topic?
N/A

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Group work
How did students react?
They found it quite useful to have review class.
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
FLRC, camera, flip video, digital projector
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.
Why or why not?
It is useful for students to review the things they have learned and they can apply their new knowledge in the scenarios.
Please complete this form weekly and submit on Sakai

Review III: Job hunting, speed date & table manner, dinning out
Each students write down 3 words they learned in the previous two weeks. Mix the paper and two students as a pair pick up 4 paper to apply them to make a story using comic life.

CN F10 INT/ADV Hospitals and Doctors

Doctor Treatment List3Ailment Role CardsDoctor Treatment List1Class theme/topics discussed:

Hospital&DoctorI

How did you pick this theme or topic?

It’s another common topic for students in their daily life. Starting from body part vocabulary to the description of their illness, students can build up a hospital and doctor related language learning system.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Handouts, Group work, pair work

How did students react?

It’s really changeling for them to figure out all the tasks however, they really enjoy the challenge.
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Online video
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes.
Why or why not?

Students found it is quite useful for them to learn all the vocabularies, especially with the language related to describe their illness and how to react to a doctor’s questions.

Health and Doctor 1

Warm up: 5MIN
Process:
Teaching body part related vocabulary by posters
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTk1MzI2NjEy.html
Find out 5 body parts sung in the video.
Process:
View the poster to go through body parts in Chinese.
Give handouts of body parts and they need to work in pair to figure out the English meaning and Chinese pronunciations.
Activity:
Funky Mummy
http://www.languageguide.org/im/body/cn/

Divide into 3 groups, each group has one doctor. The rest are the patients. The patients
all do Rock-Scissor-Paper and the first loser picks a card from the pile. They look at the card and then say “Doctor, doctor my ______ hurts” or “Doctor, doctor, I have a _______” depending on the card they choose. Then the doctor should say “Oh That’s to bad” and wrap that part of the patient’s body in toilet
paper. This continues until one student in the class is a complete mummy (wrapped everywhere)

Activity:
Find out the right remedy
Group work: each group is given a Chinese medicine pack and they need to figure out what kind of medicine it is and how to use it.

 

Health and Doctor 2

Warm up: Why Mongolian doctor?
蒙古大夫?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN96gW8ytS0
Process:
New vocabulary
Cough – cough syrup
Earache – ear drops
Cold – cold medicine
Sore Throat – throat lozenge
Stomachache – tablet
Backache – pain pill
Headache – aspirin
Activity:
Role-Play: Visit a doctor
Worksheet

End up:
Watch Chinese medicine ads and guess what they are about:
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTc5NTYzODQ=.html

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTgyMDc2ODIw.html

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XODk2MA==.html

CN F10 INT Do you like Beijing?

Class theme/topics discussed:

Do you like Beijing?

How did you pick this theme or topic?

To show students the daily life of Beijing people and to introduce some Beijing dialects.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Handouts, group work, discussion, student presentation

How did students react?
They like the video but don’t understand very much. The discussion goes well and students learn some Beijing dialect through the handouts.

Did they engage with each other and you?

They engage with eache other very well to figure out the dialect in the video. The handout contains some words they don’t know and they ask me about new words after discussion.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

video
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

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 English and the language should be simple without accents..

CN F10 INT/ADV Travel Arrangement

Class theme/topics discussed:

Travel Arrangement1

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Students usually do travel a lot and it’s an interesting topic for them to learn useful words that related to this activity.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Handout, Group work, pair work

How did students react?

It’s really changeling for them to figure out all the task however, they really enjoy the challenge.
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
PPT
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes.
Why or why not?

Students found it is quite useful for them to learn all the vocabularies, especially with the train, subway and long-distance bus.

Travel Arrangement2

Warm up:
Vehicles name in Chinese
http://www.qqwkids.com/view.asp?id=2786
Process:
Finish up the question sheet
Use google earth to record group’s tour according to the group assignment from previous class

Tips:
Under “layer”, choose borders and labels, places, panoramio photos, roads, 3D buildings, ocean, street view, gallery.
“Shift” to change the point of view.
Time line can help to view locations from different time periods.
By double clicking the red button with 360 on it can lead you view 360 sightseeing, which can be also recorded in the video. However, the 360 video quality is a little bit blurry.
Task:
1. Make placemarks on both your destinations and starting place. Save your placemarks under “my place” file/”sightseeing”.
2. Make a video tour of your group, including both starting place and destinations. Record your group tour.
3. Press “Save” after recording can save your work in the google earth.
* You may want to make a very quick test video before doing the whole group task.
Requirement:
1. Each group needs to finish tour video according to the form filled in the previous class.
2. Each member from a group needs to make statement in the video.
3. Video content should include but is not limited to:
Statement of start place, destination.
At least 3 sightseeing statement of the destination, which can includes: the location, ways to get there, personal experience about the location, description of the place, people of the location, local culture, etc.
After finishing the task, feel free to explore more on google earth to find other photos, videos, 360 view and other stuff to explore your destination. Ask me or your classmates if you have questions.
Talk in Chinese!

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