“Journey to the West” Drama Club-An effort to integrate drama into Chinese learning CI@CI/NYU DCLT Workshop March 9, 2012 Peng Zeng Program Director China Institute -Startalk Summer Language Academy
What is Startalk? STARTALK is a program commissioned by the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI). STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages by offering students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development.
China Institute & Startalk Sixth year – began in summer 2007 Targets 30 New York metro-area high school students in two proficiency levels Six-week immersion program Focuses on oral communication, reading and writing, and Chinese culture through studio art classes and local field trips.
Program Theme:Journey to the WestDrama Club 2010 & 2011, for both beginner and intermediate level An integration of arts into language learning • Art class – costumes, props, backdrops making • Kong Fu class – Peking opera • Final presentation – theater play, puppet show, rap battles, comic strips, song, and interpretive dance
Clothing Personality Appearance EncountersLandscapes Seasons and Week 1: Scenery Dynasties Characters Week 5: Silk Road Journey to Week 2: Time Period the WestCharacteristics Lunar of the Route Calendar Week 4: How to People of China Week 3: Apparel & Tell Time Geography Shopping Weather Festivals & Route of Traditions JTW Food in Transportation Minority JTW Chinese Cities in JTW Groups
Instructional ActivitiesPowerpoint on Characters Missing Person Telephone Activity
Summative Assessment:“Would You Come With Me?” Week 2 assessment – evaluated students’ understanding of the characters. Students would be randomly assigned a character. They will need to write down personality, physical appearance, clothing, and other characteristics of their character. Then, students would have to verbally interact with peers to find the four members of the Journey of the West characters.
Summative Assessment:Create Your Own Journey to the West! Students were asked to create a five day personal Journey to the West. They were asked to include weather, geography, date and time. Also asked to create a monster’s physical attributes, weapons and personality.
Lessons learned Challenges in the past StarTalk programs • Teachers lack experience and knowledge in drama • Students lack interest in playwright and theater play • Administrators found it difficult to manage both language learning and drama production simultaneously Improvements in 2012 StarTalk program
StarTalk Program Contact: Peng Zeng 曾朋 Assistant Director, Children and Youth Program Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 212-744-8181 ext. 138