Learn Chinese In The Real Situations
As we know, language environment is crucial to language acquisition and learning. Experience and research tell us that students find language-learning a lot easier and much more interesting in authentic environments.
This school year, SIS Chinese teachers have been working to help our students learn Chinese with contextual activities, authentic tasks and field trips to the local community. We found that students were much more motivated and learned better in real language situations.
Ms. Cecilia Li, a Bayside Chinese teacher, and her students visited the Shenzhen University campus and its neighborhood when they learned the unit of School Life.
“Our High School students were so focused on the task when we went on the trip to the university. “ , Cecilia Li, wrote in her teaching review for the unit.
“Throughout the trip, the enthusiastic Geckos were engaged in interviewing the college students about their university life, taking notes of what they found and gathering information for their oral reports and writing assignments. And our students were keen on sharing their school life and their ideal universities with their interviewees. “ Cecilia continued in her reflection.
“From their feedback, I can tell that the students enjoyed this trip. Their oral and written products show that this authentic experience helped them understand the Chinese culture better. Obviously, their Chinese language has been improved. “ Cecilia said with excitement when sharing her reflection of the unit at one Bayside Chinese teacher meeting.
In the food unit for the Middle School CSOL 2 class, Ms. Madeleine Lee and Mr. David Dai organized a cooking class, during which the students identified the cooking materials, made a brief introduction of how to make Chinese dishes and cooked the food according to the Chinese instructions given by the teachers.
“The cooking lesson was so interesting and it helped me review what we had been learning about food.”, said Carly , a Grade 6 CSOL2 student, at the end of the Chinese cooking lesson last Friday.
“My classmates and I like the cooking class. In this activity, we learned to introduce the cuisine in Chinese language. It was so much fun when we could cut the chili-peppers and stir-fry them with pork and chicken meat to make Chinese dishes. It helped me remember what we were learning.”, claimed Junyong, one of Carly’s classmates.
Carly, Junyong and their classmates are looking forwards to their trip to a local restaurant, where they will use Chinese to order food.
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