Mr. Gan's classroom

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Chinese 9/10 Standard: Onwards to greater challenges

Learning the Chinese language is a long journey filled with many challenges. Learning and remembering all those Chinese characters. Reading unfamiliar texts. Writing using different text types. Effective speaking and listening. All skills were practiced throughout the entire school year and the grade 10s have IBDP Chinese B to look forward to while the grade 9s have another year to prepare before getting to IBDP.

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IBDP Chinese B SL 12: Preparations for the IBDP May 2017 Examinations

Chinese B SL has two components in the IBDP May 2017 Examinations. Paper 1, which is a reading comprehension task, and Paper 2, which is an essay writing task.

Students who are taking the examination need to be proficient in both reading and writing skills to be able to get high IB marks.

This past month, the IBDP Chinese B SL grade 12 class has been focused on building these 2 skills in preparation for the upcoming exams.

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IBDP Psychology 12 HL: Finishing up the option topics

By now, IBDP Psychology students are very familiar with how 22-mark questions (long essays) are assessed. They have accomplished many essays and given feedback every time on what they did correctly and how they can further improve their essay.

Soon, the IBDP Psychology class will review Qualitative Research Methods as well as look back on the Core topics of Biological, Cognitive, and Sociocultural levels of analysis to prepare for Paper 1.

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Chinese 9/10 Standard: Word Web activity

The Chinese word web activity is an effective practice for Chinese learners to make connections between Chinese characters and words. It aids in increased familiarity with a variety of Chinese characters and how these can be used in a wide range of Chinese words. It also reinforces the idea that Chinese words are simply a combination of Chinese characters which will help Chinese learners become more comfortable with a language that is usually seen as daunting and challenging.



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IBDP Chinese B SL 12: Preparation for Paper 2 (Essay Writing)

Now that the Written Assignment and Individual Oral are finished, it is now time to prepare for essay writing using the different text types for Group 2.

Students need to be familiar with the format and tone of the language used for each text type in Group 2 in order to get high marks for this examination.

The text types include:
- Article
- Blog
- Brochure
- Debate
- Diary
- Email
- Formal letter
- Informal letter
- Interview
- Speech

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IBDP Psychology HL 12: Relationships

One of the IBDP Psychology classes is taking up the Psychology of Human Relationships this semester. It’s timely that the topic on the formation and maintenance of relationships would fall on February.

In this option topic, students study the following topics:
- Altruism and prosocial behavior
- Bystanderism
- Origins of attraction
- Formation and maintenance of relationships
- Origins of violence
- Strategies for reducing violence
- Effects of exposure to violence

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IBDP Chinese B 12 SL: Written Assignment and Individual Oral

Before IBDP students prepare for the May External Examinations, they have to accomplish various tasks that are assessed internally and submitted to the IB.

For Language B, students need to accomplish a piece of written work written using one of the many text types used in Group 2 (Foreign Languages) and based on at least three authentic texts, as well as an audio recording where the student will be tested on language production skills and also interactive skills.

These are usually accomplished during the 2nd semester of the final year, when students have already gathered enough skills to be able to effectively produce quality work.

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IBDP Psychology HL 12: What is normal? What is abnormal?

One of the option topics in IBDP Psychology is Abnormal Psychology, where students take up questions such as “How do we know what is normal and what is not?”

The concept of normality and abnormality is a controversial and highly debated topic. Should abnormality be defined as the deviation from the statistical norm? Or should abnormality be defined as deviation from social norms? How about in terms of the accuracy of how a person perceives reality? Or perhaps in terms of how well individuals are able to properly function in multiple aspects in their lives? Should mental illness be considered as part of the medical field? Or should the approach be leaning more towards the cognitive side?