Name: Marc Marshall
Lesson Title: Holidays: ESOL Lesson on Chinese New Year
Class and Grade level(s): ESOL Freshmen, Newcomers Survival Skills Class.
Goals and Objectives
The student will be able to: Use English (speaking, listening, writing and reading)
within the context of a lesson on holidays. To included Chinese New Year within
the context of other holidays.
• Learn new vocabulary on holidays and use within a sentence.
• To be able to speak using the vocabulary and general lesson.
• Compare and contrast various holidays and special days.
• To identify the key facts in reading assignment.
• To recognize and read important aspects of the Chinese New Year
Curriculum standards addressed: From Kansas Curricular Standards for ESOL
and Wichita ELL Learner Outcomes.
Standard 1: Benchmark 1: The student uses English to process and construct meaning.
Standard 2: Benchmark 1: The student uses English to convey meaning in spoken Form.
Standard 3: Benchmark 2: The student uses vocabulary skills to develop fluency.
Standard 3: Benchmark 3: the student uses comprehension skills to acquire knowledge.
Standard 4: Benchmark 1: The student uses ideas and content in writing.
Time required/class periods needed: Two or Three class periods
Primary source bibliography:
Personal experience living in China.
Day in the Life of China, by David C. Cohen
Classroom maps, World atlas, pictures on China
Chinese objects and food use in celebrating Chinese New Year
Oxford Picture Dictionary.
Other resources used:
Chinese New Year: http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu
Chinese New Year: www.educ.uvic.ca
The internet has a lot of information on Chinese New Year. You can even
participate in Chinese New year parties on line.
Worksheets, world map, Chinese zodiac chart, various Chinese foods, various
Chinese decorations. (You can find most things at an Asian store.), paper,,
markers and colors.
Asia, China, Chinese, Lunar New Year, Gregorian calendar, Lion Dance, Dragon
Dance, Lantern Festival,
Zodiac, celebrate, traditions, multicultural, decorations, characteristics, customs
Essential Question(s): What is Chinese New Year? What are the customs and
traditions of Chinese New Year? Why is it important to study Chinese New Year? How
does Chinese New Year compare with other holidays?
• Begin class by asking simple questions about holidays. Ask students if they know
any other holidays that we have not studied?
• Explain and introduce Chinese New Year and talk about the holiday. Briefly
describe how the ancient Chinese used a lunar calendar and how it compares
with our calendar.
• Give information about the history of Chinese New Year and some of its customs
and traditions. Tell the students how the holiday is celebrated in China and other
places throughout the world, e.g. Like Chinatown.
• Give students a list of the vocabulary words and have them put the words in
alphabetical order. Have students use dictionary to translate if needed and use
words in a sentence.
• Give students Chinese zodiac sheet. Explain to students the years on a Chinese
calendar and that each year is represented by a different animal. Each new year
is a different animal and people who are born in that year has particular
• Have each student figure out the years for each animal and find out what year
they were born and what year members of their family were born. Have them
make a chart of themselves and family members and list the animal and
characteristics. Rabbit-gentle, dragon-successful, bold, snake-elegant, sensible,
horse-popular, clever, capable, sheep- sincere, sensible, artistic, monkey-
original, talented, rooster- dependable, adventurous, forgiving, dog-responsible,
gracious, pig-trustworthy, loyal, rat-loving, keeper of secrets, charming, hard-
working, ox-patient, easy-going, slow to anger, tiger-courageous, proud,
cautious. Also, have student take each of the characteristics and give a definition
and write a sentence of each word.
• Have students compare Chinese New Year and another holiday. How are they
alike? How are they different?
• Have students do a short research paper on Chinese New Year. Have them
write two questions they would like to know about the Chinese New Year. Have
them go on the internet and find answers to their questions and interesting facts
about Chinese New Year.
Grammatical and sentence structure focus:
• To learn how to construct and use a question and simple response.
• To learn and use correctly the What, Where, Why, When and How questions
• What is Chinese New Year? It is____________.
• When is Chinese New Year? It is _________.
• Who celebrates Chinese New Year? They are______________.
• I like_________________.
• I dislike_______________.
• This is the same as______________.
• This is different as_________________.
• Students should be able to answer questions on Chinese New Year.
• Students should be able to write a simple paragraph on Chinese New Year.
• Students should be able to answer questions in complete sentences in
• Students should understand Chinese zodiac chart.
• Students should understand pictures and sentences about traditions and
• At the end of class period, review and with students the lesson and ask
what they have learned.
• Review simple dialogues and vocabulary.
• Give students a brief lesson on Chinese characters. Show the students how
to write the numbers in Chinese.
• Take the students to www.mardarintools.com and have them get a Chinese
• Have students write a Chinese New Year Poem. Write a word or phrase that
starts with each letter of “Chinese New Year”