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an archive of lesson plans

Author: Johnson (Zehuang)

CN S15 Study Break: Steamed Buns

March Study Break

CN S15 Movie: My Old Classmate

Chinese movie_My Old Classmate

CN S15 Off-campus Cultural Activity: Bowers Museum & Hotpot

Chinese off-campus activity

CN S15 Welcome Back Party

Welcome back party

CN S15 ADV Juvenile Delinquency

Language Resident Name: Zehuang Cao (Johnson)

Day and Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Chinese Advanced 013

Class theme/topics discussed:

Juvenile Delinquency

Goal of the class:

  • To help students learn some Chinese terms and expressions about juvenile delinquency;
  • To make students aware of the effects of juvenile delinquency on family and society;
  • To develop students’ understanding of the motive and prevention of juvenile delinquency.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up: introduce this topic by referring to campus shootings in the U.S.:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7maqufAXF0;

  1. Ask the students to think about the following questions: what is juvenile delinquency? Which age group does this refer to? What does juvenile delinquency include? Examples?
  2. Teach the students some Chinese terms and expressions about juvenile delinquency, and try to ask them to rephrase those words/expressions in simple Chinese;
  3. Guide the students to analyze the causes and effects of juvenile delinquency:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egvBwq1FB2g;

  1. Discuss how to prevent juvenile delinquency from various social dimensions (juvenile delinquent, victim, family, community, and society);
  2. Wind up this topic.

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

Handouts, videos.

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

The in-depth analysis and discussion of juvenile delinquency went on well in this class, since the students found they’re confident and fluent in talking about complicated social issues in Chinese. They made great progress in my conversation class this semester.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

No.

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.

青少年犯罪

  1. 青少年:teenager           犯罪(fan4 zui4):crime
  2. 青少年犯罪:juvenile delinquency 犯罪率(lv4)
  3. 心智不成熟:emotionally and intellectually immature
  4. 暴力:violence                 家庭暴力
  5. 沉迷于网络/电脑游戏
  6. 心理问题/疾病
  7. 叛逆(pan4 ni4):rebellious
  8. 违反法律
  9. 拜金主义(bai4 jin1):money worship
  10. 虐待儿童:child abuse
  11. 未成年人
  12. 色情节目:pornography
  13. 误入歧途(wu4 ru4 qi2 tu2): go astray
  14. 文盲:illiteracy
  15. 坐牢(lao2):be in jail

CN S15 ADV Environmental Pollution and Protection

Language Resident Name: Zehuang Cao (Johnson)

Day and Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Chinese Advanced 013

Class theme/topics discussed:

Environmental Pollution and Protection

Goal of the class:

  • To help students learn some Chinese terms about environmental pollution and protection;
  • To make students aware of key environmental issues in the world;
  • To guide students on how an individual makes a difference in protecting the environment.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Ask the students to brainstorm anything related to environment;
  2. Introduce some Chinese terms about environmental pollution and protection, and ask them to guess the meanings or paraphrase those terms in simple Chinese;
  3. Serve as a facilitator and divide them into several groups. Give 10 minutes to them for group discussion about key environmental issues in the world;
  4. Invite them to report to the whole class;
  5. Give them an in-depth analysis on the causes and consequences of environmental pollution, and provide a few feasible suggestions on how to protect the environment as a student:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLVqOPS9vqw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn8R_XqjjI0

  1. Wind up this topic.

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

Handouts, videos.

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

The students liked to talk about environmental issues, since global issues of this kind can get the students more involved in discussion. They really wanted to do as much as they can to protect the environment. The discussion and in-class analysis worked very well in this class.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

No.

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.

环境污染与保护 

  1. 环境污染(wu1 ran3)—环境保护
  2. 水污染
  3. 土地污染
  4. 空气(kong1 qi4)污染
  5. 自然灾害:natural disaster(飓风、洪水、台风、暴风雨)
  6. 全球变暖(nuan3)
  7. 温室效应:greenhouse effect
  8. 气候变化
  9. 世界环境日:World Environment Day(6月5日)
  10. 水土流失:water and soil erosion
  11. 有毒废物:toxic waste
  12. 植树造林:afforestation         滥砍滥伐(lan4 kan3 lan4 fa2):deforestation
  13. 节约用水
  14. 回收:recycling
  15. 污水处理:sewage disposal
  16. 环境恶化
  17. 垃圾:rubbish
  18. 灾难(zai1 nan4): disaster

CN S15 ADV Educational Differences between China and the U.S.

Language Resident Name: Zehuang Cao (Johnson)

Day and Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Chinese Advanced 013

Class theme/topics discussed:

Educational Differences between China and the U.S.

Goal of the class:

  • To help students learn about Chinese educational systems at all levels;
  • To help students analyze educational differences between these two countries;
  • To help students develop critical understanding of their own strengths in education.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Ask the students to discuss about the American educational systems, including the subjects they take in elementary school, middle school, high school, and college/university;
  2. Introduce some new & advanced words/expressions about education for their group discussion;
  3. Distribute the handouts and ask them to analyze educational differences between these two countries from a wide range of perspectives;
  4. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Chinese & American educational systems;
  5. Wrap up.

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

Handouts.

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

The students are keen on educational differences between these two countries, and they want to take the positive sides of these two educational systems for their future self-development. So the discussion went on very well in the class.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

No.

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.

中美教育差异对比

  美国 中国
为谁而学
育人目标
课堂情况
师生关系
考试制度
班级人数
学习时间
放假时间
成绩单
教材情况
课程情况
教学方法
纪律问题
教师工资
课外活动

 

CN S15 INT Renting an Apartment in China

Language Resident Name: Zehuang Cao (Johnson)

Day and Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Chinese Intermediate 011

Class theme/topics discussed:

Renting an Apartment in China

Goal of the class:

  • To help students understand how to rent an apartment (step by step) in China;
  • To give students some key words and expressions for renting;
  • To draw students’ attention to some matters in renting an apartment.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up question for the students: Did you or your family rent an apartment/house in the U.S.? How was your renting experience?
  2. Teach the students some useful words and expressions for renting;
  3. Introduce in great detail how to rent an apartment in China;
  4. Talk about how to find a nice roommate if one has to share an apartment/a house;
  5. Ask the students to discuss some renting issues/scenarios they may encounter and try to figure out their solutions;
  6. Wrap up this topic.

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

Handouts.

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

The students liked to talk about their renting experience and the real issues they came across. When they described those actual issues, they used some English as it’s challenging for them to depict those scenarios in Chinese.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

No.

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.

常用租房词汇

  1. 租房:rent a house/apartment
  2. 房东:landlord/landlady
  3. 租客:tenant
  4. 房产中介:house agency
  5. 宿舍:dormitory
  6. 学生宿舍楼:residence hall
  7. 市中心:downtown   郊区:outskirts
  8. 租金:rental
  9. 押金:security deposit
  10. 公共交通:public transportation
  11. 水费:water bills
  12. 电费:electricity bills
  13. 煤气费:gas bills
  14. 洗衣费:laundry fee
  15. 家具:furniture     设备:facility
  16. 起居室/客厅:living room
  17. 卧室:bedroom
  18. 卫生间:bathroom/restroom
  19. 厨房:kitchen
  20. 车库:garage
  21. 签合同/签租约:sign a lease
  22. 入住通知:move-in notice

CN S15 INT Stereotypes about China & Chinese

Language Resident Name: Zehuang Cao (Johnson)

Day and Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Chinese Intermediate 011

Class theme/topics discussed:

Stereotypes about China & Chinese

Goal of the class:

  • To make students aware of some stereotypes about China and Chinese;
  • To help students develop a comprehensive and true understanding of China and Chinese;
  • To help students get a critical view of some issues and phenomena in China.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Introduce the word “stereotype” in simple Chinese to the students;
  2. Ask them to brainstorm some stereotypes about China and Chinese;
  3. Invite them to write down the stereotypes they hold (key words) on white board;
  4. Explain each stereotype they wrote and provide them with more information;
  5. Let the students fully understand different stereotypes that foreigners hold:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSM1VEygFCc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jD9Txvsoe8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA1qRYBi6Xg

  1. Wrap up this topic.

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

Videos.

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

Brainstorming worked well in this class, since the students were very active in coming to the front to write down the stereotypes they held on white board. Besides, they loved to understand those stereotypes through discussion with me (a native Chinese) after watching the videos.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

No.

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.

Some stereotypes about the Chinese:

  • Chinese people are only good at math and science;
  • Chinese restaurants serve cats and dogs;
  • Chinese people look alike/exactly the same;
  • Chinese women are inferior and subordinate to men;
  • Chinese people are not allowed to be Christians;
  • Chinese people are very quiet and introverted;
  • Chinese people can ride bicycles, but can’t drive;
  • Chinese people eat everything that moves;
  • Everything “made in China” is fake;
  • Chinese people know how to play Kung Fu;
  • All Chinese names are difficult to pronounce;
  • There are only two famous actors in China: Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan;
  • When you see an Asian on the street, he/she must be Chinese;
  • Chinese is the most difficult language in the world;
  • Cantonese is the official language of China;
  • Chinese people are traditional and conservative;
  • Chinese people think money can buy anything;
  • Many foreigners tend to think that Chinese people are brainwashed or mind-controlled by their government.

CN S15 INT Chinese Spring Festival

Language Resident Name: Zehuang Cao (Johnson)

Day and Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Chinese Intermediate 011

Class theme/topics discussed:

Chinese Spring Festival

Goal of the class:

  1. To help students understand the quintessential part of Chinese culture;
  2. To help students know the history and some stories of Chinese Spring Festival;
  3. To practice students’ speaking skills from the cultural perspective (in simple Chinese).

How did you structure the class?

  1. Introduce a new topic today—Chinese Spring Festival by brainstorming (The students say something about it as much as they can.);
  2. Ask the students to learn the story and history of Chinese Spring Festival by group facilitation;
  3. Ask them to talk about how people celebrate Spring Festival in China;
  4. Learn some words and expressions about Spring Festival celebration;
  5. Learn the culture by watching some videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5p-Ds6b9Bo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WpmLCvDiLw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj6YmeZ4pR8

  1. Learn how to sing the Chinese New Year song “gong xi gong xi”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf0btvROwXQ

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

Handouts and videos.

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

The discussion and video part worked well in this class, since the students are passionate about Chinese culture and they are interested in the funny stories of Chinese Spring Festival. Some of them will study in China next semester.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

No.

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 S15 Cultural Activity: Crosstalk Show

10_16 Jesse Appell

CN S15 Study Break: Traditional Chinese Snacks

November Study Break

CN F14 ADV Chinese Food & Dining Culture

Language Resident Name: Zehuang Cao (Johnson)

Day and Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Chinese Advanced 013

Class theme/topics discussed: Chinese food and dining culture

Goal of the class:

  1. Students will know eight distinguished regional cuisines in China and their unique features;
  2. Students will understand Chinese dining culture;
  3. Students will know how to make a simple Chinese dish and explain its procedures in Chinese.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Ask the students to brainstorm anything about Chinese food and dining culture;
  2. Introduce eight distinguished regional cuisines in China and analyze their unique features;
  3. Discuss Chinese dining etiquette with the students after watching a video clip; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkyE2rPac3
  4. Learn how to make Chinese dumplings via two videos; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_jSnVGHcA0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy2ZaEOAOBs
  5. Ask the students in pairs to explain the making process in simple Chinese.

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

Videos, powerpoint, pictures

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

The students were crazy about Chinese food and they really enjoyed talking about it. They thought it’s very useful to know Chinese dining culture and they have already known what to do at Chinese table. Everything went smoothly in this class.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

No. (I will invite my students to make Chinese dumplings in my apartment next time.)

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 F14 ADV Shopping in China

Language Resident Name: Zehuang Cao (Johnson)

Day and Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Chinese Advanced 013

Class theme/topics discussed: Shopping in China & Tips on how to bargain in China

Goal of the class:

  1. The students will understand basic words and expressions about shopping in China;
  2. The students will learn how to bargain in China.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Help the students recall what they have known about shopping in Chinese (brainstorming);
  2. Introduce some new words and expressions about shopping in China, and ask them to discuss merits and demerits of shopping in different places;
  3. Give the students some tips on how to bargain in China via two videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaWE6BSTwzs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SweEy1ZiKuM
  4. Divide them into several groups (pair work): give them a list of items that they need sell and purchase. In a group, one student acts as a salesperson, and the other as a customer. Use the useful expressions learned in this class to act out the role play.

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

Videos, handouts, powerpoint, pictures

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

Brainstorming and role play worked very well, because almost all of them have been to China, and they are really interested in shopping there. Besides, they loved the funny videos and the role play in class, since they could easily put those useful expressions into daily practice.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

No.

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.

常用购物词汇和句型

  1. 售货员:salesperson
  2. 顾客:customer
  3. 夹克:jacket
  4. 裤子:pants
  5. 男式衬衣:shirt
  6. 女式衬衣:blouse
  7. 外套:overcoat
  8. 裙子:skirt
  9. 西装:suit
  10. 运动鞋:sports shoes/sneaker
  11. 高跟鞋:high-heeled shoes
  12. 字典:dictionary
  13. 自行车:bike
  14. 贵:expensive     便宜:cheap
  15. 打折:discount
  16. 还价:bargain
  17. 试穿:try on
  18. 信用卡:credit card     现金:cash
  19. 收银台:cashier
  20. 试衣间:fitting room
  21. 你需要什么?What can I do for you?
  22. 我想买…: I want to buy …
  23. 让我看看…: Let me have a look at …
  24. 我只是随便看看:I am just looking.
  25. 我能试穿一下吗?Can I try it on?
  26. 你穿这个很漂亮:It looks nice on you.
  27. 这个多少钱?How much does it cost?
  28. 能便宜点吗?Could you please make it cheaper? 打折吗?Any discount?
  29. 收银台在哪里?Where is the cashier?
  30. 我用现金支付:I will pay in cash.
  31. 我用信用卡支付:I will pay by credit card.
  32. 你在收音机上听到有一个国庆节后的“close-out”,请问是什么意思?
  33. 商店里的售货员告诉你想要的东西已经“sold out”,请问是什么意思?
  34. 你看到一家店提供的所有衣服都写上了“30% discount”,请问是什么意思?
  35. 当你买完东西,付完钱之后,你将会得到一张上面写有你购买这件东西的时间和价格,请问这是什么?
  36. 如果你需要退换一件商品,售货员问你希望得到的是“a refund or an exchange”,请问是什么意思?

CN F14 INT Travel in China

Language Resident Name: Zehuang Cao (Johnson)

Day and Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Chinese Intermediate 011

Class theme/topics discussed: Travel in China

Goal of the class: Students will know how to plan travel in China in an effective way

How did you structure the class?

  1. Discuss what preparations you should make for travel in the US (Brainstorming);
  2. Invite some students to share their experience in travelling;
  3. Introduce how to plan travel in China: luggage (clothes, shoes, etc), documents (passport, visa, etc), travel itinerary (how to book flight tickets, how to book a hotel room), insurance for travel, money (cash, credit card), electronic devices (cellphone, iPad, MacBook, etc), contact details
  4. Recommend some tourist attractions in China;
  5. Work out your future travel plan in China.

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

Handouts, powerpoint

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

Students’ personal stories about travelling and my recommendations on some tourist attractions worked well in this class. Some of them are quite excited to visit China next summer.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Some Chinese words about travel are difficult to intermediate learners, which I should explain more and translate into English next time.

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.

常用旅行词汇

飞机 plane
火车 train
轮船 ship
汽车 car
单程票 one way ticket
往返票 round trip tickets
直飞 direct flight
转机 layover
从place1 直飞到place2
从place1 飞到place2, 在place2 转机,再从place2 到place3
到达arrive
出发 depart
靠窗的座位window seat
靠走廊的座位aisle seat
经济舱economy class
头等舱first class
行李luggage
机场 airport
海关custom
护照 passport
签证 visa
旅行社travel agency
行李领取处 luggage claim

 

CN F14 INT Mid-autumn Day (Moon Festival)

Language Resident Name: Zehuang Cao (Johnson)

Day and Date: Monday, September 8, 2014

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Chinese Intermediate 011

Class theme/topics discussed: Mid-autumn Day (Moon Festival)

Goal of the class:

  1. Get the students to know an important traditional festival in China—Moon Festival;
  2. Enhance the students’ interest in Chinese culture.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Introduce the topic—history, customs, and stories (15 mins);
  2. Show some moon pictures taken in different parts of China to celebrate Moon Festival;
  3. Tell the students how to celebrate this festival in China via some videos:

http://www.56.com/u71/v_NzU4MTQxNzI.html

  1. Get the students to have a group discussion about how people celebrate family reunion in their home countries, and invite them to have a taste of Chinese moon cakes.

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

Videos, pictures, powerpoint, handout for new words about the theme

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

Introduction to this festival and group discussion worked very well, because they are quite interested in Chinese culture and celebration of this festival. They really appreciated eating moon cakes.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

No. Everything was fine and they had great fun.

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.

  1. 中秋节:Mid-autumn Festival
  2. 团圆:reunion
  3. 农历:lunar calendar
  4. 阳历:solar calendar
  5. 唐朝:Tang Dynasty
  6. 习俗:custom
  7. 赏月:admire/enjoy the full moon
  8. 吃月饼:eat moon cakes
  9. 传说:legend
  10. 庆祝:celebrate

 

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