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CN S10 INT Number Puzzle

Class theme/topics discussed:
Number puzzle.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
To prepare project and performance for Chinese special dinner.

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

How did students react?

They love to guess and discuss the meaning of these numbers.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

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

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes.
Why or why not?

To learn number slang for internet in Chinese is fresh and interesting to students.

Class theme/topics discussed:
Number puzzle skit design.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
To prepare project and performance for Chinese special dinner.

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

How did students react?

They love to discuss how to design the skit in Chinese.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

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

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes.
Why or why not?

Skit is a good way for Chinese learning.

CN S10 INT Mafia – Card Game

Class theme/topics discussed:
Mafia

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Students can have initial conversation in a casual and relaxing environment while playing game.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
General discussion
How did students react?
Students love this game and we had lots of fun conversations.
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?
Mafia is a great game that engender many conversations in a relaxing environment.

CN S10 INT/ADV Chinese Calligraphy for the New Year

Class theme/topics discussed:
Chinese Calligraphy for new year

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Write 春联 is an important activity. It is also a good way to discuss the meaning of them and write 春联 by themselves.

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

They love writing calligraphy and get excited to discuss how to write 春联
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes.

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

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes.

Why or why not?
It is a good topic and also a great activity for students to learn Chinese cultures.

CN F09 INT/ADV Chinese Modern Art II: Minjun Yue

Class theme/topics discussed:
Chinese modern art2: Oba-Mao?
Minjun Yue’s art: What’s behind the smiling face?

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

Handouts, pair work, group work, general discussion

Why did you choose this topic?
Obama is a hot topic in China and recently a shop selling Oba-Mao T-shirt is shut down. Minjun Yue is a recently turn-to-be famous artist in China who is famous for his smiling symbolic face in his works. What’s behind the smile? Is it from heart? What does it reflect to? It’s a good topic including politics, arts and freedom.
How did students react?

They like the idea very much!
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes. They engaged with each other and me pretty well and asked me questions.

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

Satellite, laptop
Please attach a copy.
http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/11/13/2127121.aspx
http://eltonzeng.blog.hexun.com/37768440_d.html
http://yueminjun.artron.net/main.php

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes

Why or why not?
Students like debate and making their menu. It is a good way to provoke conversation.

CN F09 INT/ADV Chinese Modern Art: Oba-Mao

handout_oba-mao120109Class theme/topics discussed:
Chinese modern art1: Oba-Mao?

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

Handouts, pair work, group work, general discussion

Why did you choose this topic?
Obama is a hot topic in China and recently a shop selling Oba-Mao T-shirt is shut down. It’s a good topic including politics, arts and freedom.
How did students react?

They like the idea very much!
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes. They engaged with each other and me pretty well and asked me questions.

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

Satellite, laptop
Please attach a copy.
http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/11/13/2127121.aspx
http://eltonzeng.blog.hexun.com/37768440_d.html

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes

Why or why not?
Students like debate and making their menu. It is a good way to provoke conversation.

CN F09 INT/ADV Thanksgiving Day!

Class theme/topics discussed:
Thanksgiving Day!

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

Handouts, pair work, group work, debate

How did students react?

They like the idea very much!
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes. They engaged with each other and me pretty well and asked me questions.

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

Satellite, laptop
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes

Why or why not?
Students like debate and making their menu. It is a good way to provoke conversation.

Warm up: 2MIN (Vocabulary Build)
What will you think talking about Thanksgiving?
Storytelling:
1. My favorite Thanksgiving dish! To describe the dishes from flavor, material, color, shape etc. to ask your partner to guess out what it is! (Try to make it harder to guess instead of telling “it’s made from Turkey”) 5MIN 3 people/group
2. Design your Thanks giving menu! 10 MIN
Appetizer, soup and salad, main course, dessert
3. My best Thanksgiving! 10MIN 4-5people/pair
Whose best thanksgiving was spent in California?
Whose best thanksgiving was last year?
Video: 10 MIN
Have you joined this kind of activity?
What do you think of this kind of activity?
Will you join this kind of activity later? If no, why not?
Who are the people you want to say thank you best on Thanksgiving Day? Why?
What do you think of politicians joining this kinds of activities on thanksgiving or other holiday?
Ask two persons to repeat their partners’ answer

Debate: Whether China should have Thanksgiving or not? 15 MIN

Project showing 10MIN

CN F09 INT/ADV Rose shop Advertisement

Class theme/topics discussed:
Project3: Movie making: Advertisement for rose shop_A Romantic story at Pomona
How did you pick this theme or topic?

It based on the photos and story they made from last class. They need to combine it with an advertisement idea to sell rose for a rose shop. To finish the task, they need to talk a lot to figure out how to make the advertisement and reach agreement.

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

Group work

How did students react?

They like the idea very much!
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes. They engaged with each other and me pretty well and asked me questions.

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

FLRC computer
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes

Why or why not?
Students like to make video project and they talked a lot during working. However, 1 hour is not enough to make a video. It would be better to spend two hours.

CN F09 INT/ADV Romantic stories at Pomona

Class theme/topics discussed:
Project2: A Romantic story at Pomona
How did you pick this theme or topic?

Last week, students learn the topic of romance. This week, they can finish their own romantic story and output new expressions they learnt.

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

Group work, student presentations

How did students react?

They like photo taking. It’s a little bit difficult for them to make a story within 20 minutes; however, it’s also a good way to make them have a great conversation
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes. They engaged with each other and me pretty well and asked me questions before photo taking.

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

Digital camera
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes

Why or why not?
It gives students lots of freedom to use the language they learned and also provide a good chance for them to integrate new and old knowledge together to finish the project.

Video Show:20 MIN
Two video of young people love romance in China
Opening discussion: What do you think about the two videos?
Which is your favorite one and why?
What is the greatest difference of love and romance between young Chinese people and young American people according to the videos you watched?
What is the most interesting part for you in the two videos?
Photo taking: 20 MIN
Prepare for making photo gallery: 20 MIN
-Choosing music, editing photos, adding descriptions

CN F09 INT/ADV Valentine’s Day and Speed Date

handout__speeddate111209vocabulary list111009Class theme/topics discussed:

Valentine’s Day
How did you pick this theme or topic?

Share romantic stories and valentine’s day experience with students. Learn romance related vocabulary.

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

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.)

Online vidéo.
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

yes

Why or why not?

Students learn the cultural differences and share their personal experience related to valentine’s day celebration.

Class theme/topics discussed:

Chinese “the Bachelor”

How did you pick this theme or topic?
This speed dating show is quite controversial and popular in China and it raised many discussions about the current society issues. So I think it is a great show for students to watch and then generate general discussion about relationship and social issues.

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

How did students react?
They find the show is quite entertaining and we had a great discussion later.
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes.

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

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.
Why or why not?
It is a great way to make students immersed into daily Chinese and they also practice listening skills besides speaking.

The Chinese “Bachelor” 非诚勿扰

Questions to think before watching the show:
What things are important for girls when they are trying to find their Mr. Right?
What in common for all the guys’ self-introduction video?
What things do you think that are different of American and Chinese people about dating and choosing one’s boyfriend/girlfriend?

Questions to discuss after watching the show:
Which guy you like most? Which girl you like most?
Do you have some cultural shock or unexpected questions/answers from both guys and girls in the show?
How do you think about speed dating?

Class theme/topics discussed:

Speed Date (3)&Photos taking

How did you pick this theme or topic?

We continue our topic about romance and love. However, each of them also needs to talk about their interest, daily habits, hobbies, etc in order to find their Mr./Mrs.Right.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

pair work, student presentations

How did students react?

They like the topic and play the game. It also challenge their language speaking in terms of describing photos and making it into a story.

Did they interact with each other and you?
Yes. They engaged with each other and me pretty well.

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

Digital camera, laptop
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes

Why or why not?
Students are interested in the topic and learn vocabulary to describe love, personal feelings, etc.
It’s also a good topic to involve other general yet personal information such as hobbies, habits and values.

CN F09 INT/ADV Romantic Story in China

Class theme/topics discussed:

A romantic story in China (1)

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Love is an eternal and international story that make people talk easily.

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

Handouts(vocabulary list), general discussion

How did students react?

They like the topic and answer my questions one by one to share their stories.
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes. They engaged with each other and me pretty well

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

Laptop
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes

Why or why not?
Students are interested in the topic and learn vocabulary to describe love, personal feelings, etc.

1. 珀莫娜大学
2. 亨廷利书店
3. 达特茅斯大道
4. 史密斯塔
5. 撒切尔音乐厅
6. 法而瑞

CN F09 INT/ADV Break plan

Class theme/topics discussed:

Spring break plan

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It is almost spring break and students love to share their spring break plans. It’s also a good opportunity to help them expand their travel-related vocabulary.

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?

This is a close-to-life topic and students are easily get excited and therefore talk a lot.

Class theme/topics discussed:

How was your summer?

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Students like to share their fresh experience and memories of summer vacation.

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

Group work

How did students react?

They like to talk about their summer and share interesting stories.
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 helps students to get to know each other’s summer stories and find hobbies in common. The story telling also helps students to get their Chinese back gradually with less pressures. And students’ reaction is pretty good.

How was your summer?

8 MIN
Show students topic samples for this semester and they can discuss and add what kinds of topics they would like to talk about.

Warm up: 8 MIN
4 groups discuss the handout and get to know all the vocabulary from the handout (3MIN)
Handouts for students to walk around and found somebody who matches the question and write down their name
Process: 32 MIN
Brainstorm: What will you think when talking about this summer? 2MIN
Write down vocabulary students offer Story telling:
Group discussion: 4 persons as 1 group talking about:
The most awesome thing I’ve done in the summer or the worst thing I’ve done in the summer using the vocabulary they just offer.
Pick up the best two stories in the group, 1 best or 1 worst 8 MIN
Write down the key words of each story by time sequence on the white board 2 MIN
Group discussion: each group need to discuss and figure out other groups’ stories based on the key words (3 MIN each, 15 MIN in total)
One group tell a story of another group and other group needs to guess which story it is.10MIN

CN F09 INT/ADV Brave or Crazy? 100 Kisses to 100 men

vocabulary list101309Class theme/topics discussed:

A brave girl, a romantic girl or a crazy girl? She is going to kiss one hundred men in Paris!

How did you pick this theme or topic?

It’s a hot topic among young Chinese people that a girl from Taiwan is going to kiss one hundred men in Paris and writing a book about it. This topic can be expanded including emotions, politics, family, personalities, etc. Meanwhile, it’s also a good topic for students to learn how young people, especially college students’ opinion towards this.

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

Handouts(vocabulary list)
Video

How did students react?

They like the topic and we had a great conversation.
Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes. They engaged with each other and me pretty well

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

satellite
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes

Why or why not?

Some students already know something about it so they told other classmates about this using target language. It’s an interesting yet unfamiliar topic for them. So they also learn lots of new words except making conversation.

CN F09 ADV Nobel Prize

Class theme/topics discussed:

Who is going to win the Nobel Peace Prize

How did you pick this theme or topic?

A controversial Chinese journalist Hu Jia is nominated as one of the Nobel Peace Prize nominees. At the same time, Barack Obama is also one of the nominees. It’s an interesting topic for students to discuss and learn something about Chinese journalism while also have something familiar (American political figures) to talk about.

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

Handouts(vocabulary list)
Video

How did students react?

Most of them like the topic and we had a great conversation. However, a few of them show littler interests in politics. Thus, I am going to keep this teaching mode but broaden my topics.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes. They engaged with each other and me pretty well

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

satellite
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes

Why or why not?

Most students can learn something about Chinese politics and related taboos in mainland China. At the same time, they can also learn Chinese young people’s opinions by watching videos. It’s quite different from what they though, so they can make great conversation based on the differences.

CN F09 INT/ADV 7 Zhongguohua song

Class theme/topics discussed:

S.H.E. 中国话 song teaching2

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts
General discussion
Keep on practice the song. To have some fun in Chinese learning.

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

Please attach a copy.

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

Students enjoy the song and have fun in singing. However, the song is a little bit difficult for them. It would be better to find a slower song with accompaniment.

CN F09 INT/ADV 50th National Parade

Class theme/topics discussed:

50th National Parade in the Tian’anmen Square
How did you pick this theme or topic?
To introduce National Parade(国庆阅兵式) to students and make conversation based on this.

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

open discussion

How did students react?

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes. They think the parade is cool and interesting. They ask me lots of questions regarding the parade and also they help each other to figure out some of the questions.

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

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes
Why or why not?

The National Parade in the Tian’anmen Square is a new and interesting thing for them. They are curious about how the soldiers, students are trained and what the chairmen said during the ceremony. They got lots of questions and some students learned them from their classes at Asian Department. So they not only ask me questions but also ask each other questions in Chinese.

CN F09 INT/ADV Comic Strip Story

Class theme/topics discussed:

Comic Strip Story
How did you pick this theme or topic?
To ask students to practice describing pictures and then try to figure out the sequence of a story without looking each other’s pictures by discussing.

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

Handouts, group work, open discussion

How did students react?

They love to describe pictures and a student plays a role as the sectary to take notes about what they said. It also make them have a good conversation while trying to figure out the sequence of the story.

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

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes
Why or why not?

It’s a good way to make conversation. However, it’s better to tell the sectary that he/she needs to write down each students’ name as well as their description. It would be easier for them to discuss the sequence by saying”Mary’s picture should be the first one or Tom’s picture should be the second one, etc…”

CN F09 ADV Beijing Dialect and the life of Beijing People

Class theme/topics discussed:

Beijing Dialect and the life of Beijing people

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Mandarin and Beijing Dialect have differences that sometimes confuse students.

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

Handouts, group work, debate

How did students react?
They are a little bit confused about what they should do for the debate but they enjoy watching the video about Beijing people.

Did they engage with each other and you?

They engage with eache other very well to figure out the dialect in the video. Later they ask me questions regarding to the life of young Beijing people.

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 Chinese and the speed should be slow.

 

CN F09 INT/ADV What is “KenLaoZu”

Class theme/topics discussed:

What is “啃老族”?Where am I in China?

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Nowadays, many young people in China choose to live with parents even after they get jobs or get married. The main purpose of that is to save money. However, this is quite controversial. Different people have various ideas towards this situation and it is a good topic for students to discuss in order to provoke conversations.
For the game is just to let students have fun and know more places of interest in China.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Picture maze, handouts, discussion and role play

How did students react?
Students love playing picture puzzle and they figure out the meaning of “啃老族” with the two pictures.
Also they like to play the roles of as “啃老族” and parents to make conversations.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Pictures(explain 啃、老、族)

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes.

Why or why not?
Students love to play the picture puzzle and after that they are more active in making conversations. The game goes well because students are quite competitive to try to get more correct answers and therefore they have to organize their target language to tell more information to their classmates.

CN F09 ADV Bargain

Class theme/topics discussed:

How to make a hard bargain in Chinese?
20 questions

How did you pick this theme or topic?

It’s a stereotype in China that foreigners are rich so it’s good for students to learn how to make a hard bargain in Chinese.

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

Group work, role play and summarize, the “customer” and “shopkeeper” who get the lowest and highest price win

How did students react?
They really like role play and come out many good sentences

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes. They come out lots of interesting ideas and ask me how Chinese people bargain with shopkeepers

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

flashcards
Please attach a copy.

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

Why or why not?

Role play can make students think from different perspective and therefore make them use words/expressions which they don’t use so often

CN F09 INT/ADV Introduction

Class theme/topics discussed:

Self-introduction and class requirement

How did you pick this theme or topic?

To get to know each other and understand the class requirement

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

Handouts of class requirement 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.)

/
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

yes

Why or why not?

Self-introduction helps students to know each other better and making a more friendly environment for future studying. Make students be clear about class requirement also help them to know better of their responsibilities in this class.

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