Tuesday, April 10, 2018

One of the teaching strategies to be encouraged and promoted by “Learn Chinese While Singing”

这首歌是Mista G自己做的曲,还是利用既有的歌曲来改歌词的?我不确定。但是,他的创作就是“边唱边学”的理念之一 :学生学会一首歌之后,试着去改变歌词,用自己的‘语言’表达自己的想法和经验。这样, 你的教学就成功了。


这首歌用简单的语言,如‘你喜欢什么课’、‘我很喜欢中文课’,加上‘为什么’、‘因为’、‘但是’等linking words,就变成了非常好的教材(teaching materials)。这样的教材既符合学生的程度,也和教学的主题契合,更因为是为学生‘量身定做’的内容,所以完全可以engage学生。这是“边唱边学”要鼓励的教学策略之一。






Saturday, March 31, 2018

一个练习汉字书写的好工具 - 新式九宫作业簿

这是一个非常实用的工具。老师可以印出来让学生做汉字书写练习,学生也可自行选择练习比较困难的汉字。感谢“花蓮縣書法學習網”分享这么好的工具。


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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Excellent suggestions for improving reading skills in Chinese

Thanks to the British Council for the suggestions! These are what we really need to say to our young Mandarin learners. According to my own experiences of teaching and learning languages, reading books that one is interested in and can understand is crucial for making progress and developing interest and motivation.



一张会动的《清明上河圖》- 艺术、科技和音乐的结合

文化不仅可以‘动’起来,还可以‘唱’起来。《清明上河图》的‘激活’不仅凸显了科技的进步,也展现出文化的自信。



Thursday, March 15, 2018

Kungfu Fighter, Hidden Sugar (Mandarin) - an effective teaching and learning material

这个短短的广告片是一个很好的教材。它适合高年级的学生。老师在教学时,需要对文本中的用词和概念做一些解释和举例。另外,除了可以从文化(比如,武侠、功夫片等)的角度来教学之外,还可以培养学生的“跨文化理解能力” (比如,比较西方类似的广告,或者由学生解说他们对这个广告的看法)。



You can purchase "Learn Chinese While Singing" Student Workbooks now in Sydney and Melbourne

"Learn Chinese While Singing" Student Workbooks 1-3 can be purchased now in the following bookshops in Sydney.
1. China Books Sydney, (02) 9280 1885
2. Books Kinokuniya, (02) 9262 7996
3. Abbey's Language Book Centre, (02) 92671397

They are also sold in Melbourne.
1. China Books Melbourne, (03) 9663 8822

Saturday, February 24, 2018

"Learn Chinese While Singing" Student Workbooks are aligned with the NSW new Chinese K-10 Syllabus.


According to the NSW new Chinese K-10 Syllabus (2017), it targets three different audience groups: Second Language Learners (students with no prior learning and/or experience), Background Learners (students with prior learning and/or experience) and First Language Learners (students with a background in Chinese).  Although the Syllabus provides the same outcomes for three different groups, it states different expectations by suggesting different contents. It’s obvious that the Syllabus is taking into account of the idea of differentiation.



Based on the idea of differentiation and a student-centre approach, “Learn Chinese While Singing” Student Workbooks are designed to cater for different levels of learners. There are three levels of exercises for each song (Exercise A, B and C). Exercise A is for the beginners, e.g. second language learners; Exercise B is for learners who have some basic knowledge of the target language; Exercise C, which is more challenging, is for more advanced learners, e.g. young newly-arrived migrants or first language learners.  Learners can starts from the level that they feel comfortable and move on to higher levels.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

《小星星》- a song that is suitable for young children

This song is suitable for young children, especially K-2 students. It is originally from the well-known “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. For 2nd language learners, they will master quickly. It is also a great sense of accomplishment for children to sing 《小星星》in the early stages of learning Chinese. If the teacher can ‘add’ some actions while singing along, kids will enjoy it more.
For young children, like Trump's granddaughter, it is certainly fantastic to be able to sing 《茉莉花》 in front of Xi Jinping. But from the perspective of child psychology, songs that fit the mind and maturity of a child may be more engaging. For more information, email learnchinesewhilesinging@gmail.com


Sunday, January 21, 2018

《我的朋友在哪里?》 - A song that is suitable to learners of different age and levels

When learning Chinese, songs are effecive texts. In this song, you can learn the number (1-7), 'where?' (在哪里), 'over here' (在这里) and 'exactly' (就) etc. Apart from that, you are learning the language in a natural and relaxing way by singing it. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

《三十六个字》- 一个很容易让学生产生兴趣的教学资源

《三十六个字》



这是一个非常棒的教学资源。它用动画的形式让学习者很容易理解汉字的起源。如果老师能善加使用,相信会很容易让学生产生兴趣和学习的动机。








Saturday, October 14, 2017

We definitely need more innovative ways of teaching

This is an inspiring YouTube video and useful teaching resource. Although A-Fu says that the pronunciation is challenging, he has spoken well.  Many people, including some Chinese teachers, say that Chinese is a 'difficult' language. I do not agree. 

There are many reasons why one can master a foreign/second language. Apart from the elements of the language itself (such as pronunciation, grammar, sentence structure, etc.), interest, motivation, learning environment, learning methods, and even understanding of
the culture, are key to the success of learning a foreign/second language. Simply saying that Chinese is difficult to learn is not true, and it doesn’t solve the problem either. After all, it is a relative concept. In Spanish, for example, the pronunciation is easy for Chinese learners, because its words are composed of 'syllables'. However, the Spanish grammar is very complicated. Relatively speaking, Chinese characters for many 'foreigners' are hard, but the pronunciation is not difficult. Moreover, the grammar is very flexible and simple. So, I think, when promoting Chinese as a second language (CSL), we should treat speaking/listening and reading/writing separately. After all, they are different skills. A learner who can say 'xie xie' may not need to be able to read or write '
谢谢’.

With Chinese becoming more globalised, we definitely need more innovative ways of teaching. 


                     

Saturday, September 2, 2017

《边唱边学》Book 2-6 下雨

《下雨》很适合Weather这个主题。除了单词(如,下雨、雨伞、衣服)以外,还有一些实用的句型,比如 “雨下来了”、“借给他用吧”、“衣服湿了”。这些不容易讲解的句型都可以在自然、流顺的旋律中学会。对于较小的孩子来说,这是一种学习语言很自然的方法。在我个人的教学过程中,不管是十一年级的初学者,九年级的二语学生,还是有华语背景的小学生,都很容易就朗朗上口。再通过《边唱边学》学生用书的练习,学生很快就能够把握这些单词、句型的应用,从而创造出自己的词句。



太极拳加上中国音乐也可以这么美!

太极拳就像扯铃一样,是中国文化实践的精华。人们一直以为太极拳是老年人的运动,但这个视频让我们理解到“太极拳也可以这么美”。很多西方人想学中文,因为他们爱上了中国功夫,他们或许说不上几句中文,但对于李小龙、成龙或者‘叶问’倒蛮熟悉的。如果学生能够因为喜欢上中国人的文化,而开始学习中文,那中文老师的工作就轻松多了。

太极拳加上中国音乐也可以这么美!