During the month of August, Holy Cross Catholic School in Henderson was very lucky to have Zhang Li, a teacher from Guangzhou at their school on an AFS Scholarship. With extra help in the classroom, it was a great opportunity for the senior students to learn Chinese chess (象棋). The students spent the first lesson learning the names of the pieces and what they could do. Some students were already familiar with the chess moves in English chess so for them it was not so difficult. These students quickly moved on to actually playing under the guidance of Zhang Li. The following week these students were able to help other students to play. The students all seemed to enjoy the chess with several groups wanting to stay on after the bell to finish their game. 很好玩儿！
My name is Andrea Edwards and I have been teaching Chinese for five years. I was brought into Pakuranga College to establish Chinese as a new subject. There were no digital resources commercially available for teaching Chinese in a BYOD environment so I wrote my own. I have put together a whole program including digital workbooks, Kahoots, Quizlet lists, Sugarcane vocab games and more which has been used and improved in my own classes over the last four years.
The books have been written in a way that gives authenticity and context to the learning of language and culture in a communicative style. Activities cover reading, listening, writing and speaking and are linked specifically to the New Zealand Curriculum. The digital books follow Wiremu, a Maori New Zealander who goes on exchange to China. Students learn Chinese language and culture with Wiremu and compare what he is learning with his Maori heritage.
These resources were designed for my Years 9 and 10 classes, but could be used at intermediate level. In the future, I plan to write primary level resources based on Wiremu’s younger sister Ana.
The program is now available to other teachers of Chinese with comprehensive unit plans included. Please go to http://www.ll4kiwis.co.nz for more information.
The Remuera and Epsom ALLiS cluster had a number of very successful cluster meetings in the previous two terms. The cluster is composed of eight schools, which included Meadowbank School, Epsom Girls Grammar School, Remuera Primary, Newmarket Primary, Cornwall Park School, Remuera Intermediate School, Parnell District School and Victoria Avenue School. All of these schools offer Mandarin and two of them offer Japanese as well. Each term the language teachers or cluster representatives get together to discuss about language teaching, learn about new teaching methodologies and enjoy various cultural activities.
In Term one, we made dumplings and used chopsticks to eat. It was the first time to make jiǎozi for some of us. It was a great team building activity!
In Term two, we were pleased to have Dr Julie Zhu to teach our group about Chinese calligraphy. We learned about the history of Chinese calligraphy and different types of scripts. It was fascinating to appreciate the beautiful handcrafted calligraphy tools. We had an attempt to write the characters on the special rice paper.
In relation to the calligraphy activity, Dr Jiwei Fu has delivered two teaching pedagogy sessions about Chinese character learning. Teachers have gained a deeper understanding about the formation of Chinese characters, radicals and the development of characters throughout the past five thousand years.
Our knowledgeable teachers in the cluster have shared their expertise in Chinese and Japanese Tea Culture. We sampled different kinds of tea and learned about the benefits of drinking tea.
By Amy Ko (Meadowbank School)
International Languages Week is coming up Week 3 of Term 3, from Monday 14th August to the 18th August! It's a great opportunity to showcase the cultures of your students and the languages they speak as well as show how cool and fun learning Chinese can be.
There are some great ideas and interesting videos about world languages to share with the whole school on the Learning Languages PLD wiki site. Share things at assembly and get your classroom teachers and students involved. Please send us some photo's of your celebrations to share.
Note: Chinese Languages Week is the 16th Oct to 22nd Oct this year.
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