Best Practices in Chinese Language Classrooms: A Teaching Clinic Lixing Tang   (唐力行) , PH.D. Wei-ling Wu   (吴威玲) , Ph.D. N...
Goals of  t he Session  <ul><li>Review and critique three authentic Chinese lessons by three novice teachers of Chinese  <...
The  F irst Lesson  <ul><li>First year Chinese in a suburban high school in Rhoda Island </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher: First ...
An Outline of the  F irst  L esson <ul><li>PPT-Teacher self-introduction using new words : 介绍 ,  认识 ,  在 …… 工作 </li></ul><...
Discussing the   U se of PowerPoin t  <ul><li>Make the theme stand out clearly  </li></ul><ul><li>Make what is distant clo...
Discussing the   U se of  English <ul><li>Why should we use Chinese to teach Chinese? </li></ul><ul><li>Should we use Chin...
Discussing t he O bjectives of the Lesson <ul><li>PPT-Teacher self-introduction using new words :  介绍 ,  认识 ,  在 …… 工作 </l...
Revised Version of  the  F irst  L esson <ul><li>Objectives:  Identify different kinds of beverages.  </li></ul><ul><li>  ...
A:  请进!请坐! B :谢谢! A : 我介绍一下。   这是 我的儿子。 C : 认识你很高兴。 B :我也很高兴。 A : 你想喝点什么? B :你有没有可乐? A :对不起,我没有 ,  可是我有茶。 B:  好,我很喜欢喝茶。 A ...
The  Second  Lesson  <ul><li>Setting: A K-12 school in New York city </li></ul><ul><li>Second year Chinese learners </li><...
How do we improve this lesson? <ul><li>Make it purposeful </li></ul><ul><li>Make it communicative </li></ul><ul><li>Use in...
An Outline of the  Second   L esson <ul><li>Objectives: How do we talk about a past action over a period of time? </li></u...
The  Third  Lesson  <ul><li>Setting: A suburban school in Rockland County NY </li></ul><ul><li>Level: 7 th  grade, second ...
Critique of the Third Lesson <ul><li>Has this lesson reached its goal? </li></ul><ul><li>What good practices can we see fr...
An Outline of the  Third   L esson <ul><li>Objectives:  Name  the parts of a face in Chinese. </li></ul><ul><li>  Recogniz...
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Dr. Frank Tang and Dr. Wu Wei-ling of New York University present a clinic on Teaching Chinese, analyzing teachers' lesson plans, at the National Chinese Language Conference in San Francisco, April 15, 2011.

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  • Objective: not functional, meaningful, purposeful; too linguistic focused Use a new picture. What can u see in the picture? Use present tense. Sharing, now if this was happening at this time yesterday? Write the picture
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    1. 1. Best Practices in Chinese Language Classrooms: A Teaching Clinic Lixing Tang (唐力行) , PH.D. Wei-ling Wu (吴威玲) , Ph.D. National Chinese Language Conference San Francisco, April 15, 2011
    2. 2. Goals of t he Session <ul><li>Review and critique three authentic Chinese lessons by three novice teachers of Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>Explore teaching strategies for best practices in Chinese language classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss areas in these three lessons that need improvement </li></ul>
    3. 3. The F irst Lesson <ul><li>First year Chinese in a suburban high school in Rhoda Island </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher: First year teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Textbook: Integrated Chinese, Part One, Lesson 5 </li></ul><ul><li>12 students </li></ul><ul><li>Theme: Visiting friends’ home, making compliments </li></ul><ul><li>Color coding: Red-new vocabulary; orange-sentence pattern; light blue-words just learned; dark blue-familiar words </li></ul>
    4. 4. An Outline of the F irst L esson <ul><li>PPT-Teacher self-introduction using new words : 介绍 , 认识 , 在 …… 工作 </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Picture introducing 很大 , 漂亮 </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Picture introducing 请进 , 快进来 , 请坐 </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Picture introducing 介绍 , 在 …… 工作 , 高兴 </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Character reading 介绍 , 在 …… 工作 , 高兴 </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Picture introducing 你们想喝点儿什么? </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Pictures introducing 咖啡 , 茶 , 水 , 可口可乐 , 一瓶 , 一杯 , 瓶子 , 杯子 </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Pictures with characters reviewing the words for drinks </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Picture introducing 要 …… , 可以吗?对不起。请给我 …… </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Characters practicing all of the above n ew words </li></ul>
    5. 5. Discussing the U se of PowerPoin t <ul><li>Make the theme stand out clearly </li></ul><ul><li>Make what is distant closer </li></ul><ul><li>Do not make what is close distant </li></ul><ul><li>Make it alive, make it moving </li></ul><ul><li>Think as if you are a student </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the objectives in mind </li></ul><ul><li>Use ppt. to bring China into the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Use ppt to encourage students to be more interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Use ppt. to provide students with a model conversation </li></ul>
    6. 6. Discussing the U se of English <ul><li>Why should we use Chinese to teach Chinese? </li></ul><ul><li>Should we use Chinese to teach Chinese at the beginning of Chinese level 1? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we introduce the meaning of new language items without speaking English? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Discussing t he O bjectives of the Lesson <ul><li>PPT-Teacher self-introduction using new words : 介绍 , 认识 , 在 …… 工作 </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Picture introducing 漂亮 </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Picture introducing 请进 , 快进来 , 请坐 </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Picture introducing 介绍 , 在 …… 工作 , 高兴 </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Character reading 介绍 , 在 …… 工作 , 高兴 </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Picture introducing 你们想喝点儿什么? </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Pictures introducing 咖啡 , 茶 , 水 , 可口可乐 , 一瓶 , 一杯 , 瓶子 , 杯子 </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Pictures with no characters reviewing words for drinks </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Picture introducing 要 …… 。可以吗?对不起。请给我 …… </li></ul><ul><li>PPT-Characters practicing all of the above n ew words </li></ul>
    8. 8. Revised Version of the F irst L esson <ul><li>Objectives: Identify different kinds of beverages. </li></ul><ul><li> Make a conversation for visiting a friend and introducing people. </li></ul><ul><li>Major Activities: </li></ul><ul><li>I am thirsty.--- T-S interaction, ppt (Introducing 咖啡 , 茶 , 水 , 可乐 , 一瓶 , 一杯 , 瓶子 , 杯子 , 你们想喝点儿什么? ) </li></ul><ul><li>TPR/games---activities and competitions (Practicing the new language items) </li></ul><ul><li>Visiting a friend — a short video clip (Introducing the new items in context: </li></ul><ul><li>请进 , 快进来 , 请坐 , 介绍 , 在 …… 工作 , 高兴 ) </li></ul><ul><li>What are they talking about? — T-S interaction (Checking the understanding of the video clip) </li></ul><ul><li>Picture cards— pair work (Practicing the new language items) </li></ul><ul><li>A Dialogue in cartoon — PowerPoint with the dialogue in characters (Providing a model dialogue) </li></ul><ul><li>Visiting a friend-- Group work making a dialogue following the model dialogue in cartoon on the PowerPoint (Applying what is being learned) </li></ul><ul><li>Homework — Write a dialogue (Reinforcing and reviewing) </li></ul>
    9. 9. A: 请进!请坐! B :谢谢! A : 我介绍一下。 这是 我的儿子。 C : 认识你很高兴。 B :我也很高兴。 A : 你想喝点什么? B :你有没有可乐? A :对不起,我没有 , 可是我有茶。 B: 好,我很喜欢喝茶。 A Dialogue in Cartoon
    10. 10. The Second Lesson <ul><li>Setting: A K-12 school in New York city </li></ul><ul><li>Second year Chinese learners </li></ul><ul><li>Twenty-six 8 th graders </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher: Second year teacher of Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>Textbook: </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives of the lesson: Past continuous tense </li></ul>
    11. 11. How do we improve this lesson? <ul><li>Make it purposeful </li></ul><ul><li>Make it communicative </li></ul><ul><li>Use inductive approach </li></ul>
    12. 12. An Outline of the Second L esson <ul><li>Objectives: How do we talk about a past action over a period of time? </li></ul><ul><li>DO NOW. Write a short story to describe the picture you see. </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing the sentence indicating what someone was doing in the past--- Using a sentence structure chart. 我昨天晚上在看书. 昨天晚上我在看书. </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing the sentence indicating what someone was doing at a specific time in the past---Using a sentence structure chart.   </li></ul><ul><li>我昨天晚上八点半在看书. 昨天晚上八点半我在看书. </li></ul><ul><li>Practicing the new sentences---Using pictures and the English time phase given. 我昨天中午在打棒球。 </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing the new sentence indicating what someone was doing over a period of time in the past. 昨天晚上从六点到七点半我在吃饭。 </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing the new sentence indicating two actions happening at the same time. …… 的时候, …… </li></ul><ul><li>Applying the new sentences---Pair work providing an alibi. H 先生昨天下午被人打了,你 们 昨天下午从一点半到两点在做什么? On the board: 昨天下午从 …… 到 …… , ____(A) 在 …… ___(A) 在 …… 的 时 候, ____(B) 在 …… </li></ul><ul><li>Homework : Write down a statement about what you were doing yesterday between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. E.g.: </li></ul><ul><li>1.   从 c ó ng 昨天晚上六点到 d à o 七点半,我在 …… </li></ul><ul><li>2. 从七点半到八点半,我在 …… </li></ul>
    13. 13. The Third Lesson <ul><li>Setting: A suburban school in Rockland County NY </li></ul><ul><li>Level: 7 th grade, second year of Chinese (first year two classes a week) </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher: Second year teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Textbooks (reference only): 《你好》《远东少年汉语》《轻松学汉语》 </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives: Describing a person </li></ul>
    14. 14. Critique of the Third Lesson <ul><li>Has this lesson reached its goal? </li></ul><ul><li>What good practices can we see from this lesson? </li></ul><ul><li>What needs to be improved? </li></ul>
    15. 15. An Outline of the Third L esson <ul><li>Objectives: Name the parts of a face in Chinese. </li></ul><ul><li> Recognize the characters for the words for parts of the face </li></ul><ul><li> Describe a person’s facial features. </li></ul><ul><li>MAJOR ACTIVITIES: </li></ul><ul><li>Quick review on how to say the words for the parts of the face---First using the teacher as the model; and then using PPT with a girl’s head labeled in characters and pinyin </li></ul><ul><li>Quick review on characters—Using the same ppt with characters only </li></ul><ul><li>Alien from Mars--- Group work to label the aliens with characters (4 groups) </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing descriptive adjectives---Using ppt. to teach pairs of adjectives </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing measure words for---Using ppt. to teach MW 个 , 只 , 根 </li></ul><ul><li>Alien from Mars--- Group work to describe their aliens </li></ul><ul><li>Backup activity- --Listen and draw the aliens. </li></ul><ul><li>Closure: Review words with Ss and hand over homework </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up Lesson : Ss will learn more descriptive adjectives and describe their classmates and teacher. </li></ul>
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