Pre-K Mandarin – Mr. Maverick Arenas
Pre-Kindergarten students focused on the topic “FAMILY” this month. We learned different words about family such as, 爸爸，妈妈，哥哥，姐姐，弟弟，妹妹，家，我. Every Mandarin class, students were tasked to identify Chinese characters, and read aloud words presented in class. They were also given opportunity to introduce their family in class by using sentence patterns discussed in class.
Please find below, the summary of lessons we’ve taken up this month. You are welcome to use this as a reference for reviewing Chinese lessons in preparation for future lessons and for upcoming assessments:
|Topic for the week||Family and strokes|
Mandarin topic of this month is 四季 (si ji) which means 4 seasons. We use this song to strength students oral skill, let them to understand how to express the feeling in different seasons. The lyric is very easy to sing. Hope parents can sing with your children at home also. Enjoy learning Chinese with singing song!
冬天來了 冬天來了 (dong tian lai le 2X) 很冷 很冷 (hen leng 2X)
winter is coming winter is coming very cold very cold
春天來了春天來了(chun tian lai le 2X) 很暖和 很暖和(hen nuan huo 2X)
spring is coming spring is coming very warm very warm
夏天來了 夏天來了(xia tian lai le 2X) 很热 很热 (hen re 2X)
summer is coming summer is coming very hot very hot
秋天來了 秋天來了(qiu tian lai le 2X) 很涼爽 很涼爽(hen liang shuang 2X)
autumn is coming autumn is coming very cool and comfortable very cool and comfortable
For two months,we have learned the number 40-100,and Chinese characters一，二，三，四，五，六，七，八，九，十，百，千，万.Let them know how to describe the calendar in chinese, 哪年几月几号/几日星期几,at the same time, we also learn the four tones：a o e i u ü. In addition, we play games I write and you guess,write chinese characters on the back and learn the song青春修炼手册 in our spare time, strengthening the memories in the fun.
We have been in school more than one month. Grade 1 have studied numbers and family. These pictures are about some activities what we do in Mandarin class. The first one is about a children’s song. We study it to review numbers. The second one is a game about numbers. Students are divided into different groups to match Chinese characters with numbers. The game can help students to practice and increase memory of numbers and Chinese characters. The third one is about family. We have study family title. For example, Daddy, Mom, big sister, big brother and others. Students draw the paint and stick their families. Then introduce their families for all students with new sentence pattern. I put student’s paint in my power point in Mandarin class. Students can look at their family portrait to make sentence. So every students can have an opportunity to practice new sentence pattern and new words.
Grade 4/5 ES1 students continue to build up their vocabulary words and recognizing Chinese characters without pinyin. During class discussion, students were able to pronounce words in the proper tone for the vocabulary words of transportation, colors and clothings. We included different class activities such as role play, partner conversation, charades, think-pair-share
to enhance their speaking skills and train them to be confident in speaking Mandarin Chinese.
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不知不觉我们已上了将近2个月的课。我今年教四个班，分别为MS4, HS3, IB11和12年级。我今年教室的布置以中国传统美德为主题，想让学生在这个学年里培养至少一个。我也把中国人民的瑰宝：万里长城的图片贴在壁报上，提醒同学们一定要尽力去达到学习的目标，要持之以恒、刻苦勤奋。
Grade 4/5 Mandarin Chinese ES1 students are learning different Chinese words related to transportation. They started to write Chinese characters of different vehicles. This week, they learned to write sentences in the pattern of pronoun, time, transportation and activity (我+ 每天早上七点+ 坐汽车+ 上学). Students also practice their speaking skill through describing pictures related with vehicle. Games such as Chinese Whispers (pass the message) and Ball Toss were incorporated in the learning in order to practice students’ speaking and listening skills.
YCT is an international standardized Chinese language test which is directed at examining non-native primary and secondary school students’ ability to apply Chinese language in their studies and daily lives. It consists of two independent parts: written test and oral test. The written test is made up of four levels from YCT Level 1 to YCT Level 4. The oral test includes YCT-Speaking Basic and YCT-Speaking Intermediate, and the test taker’s on-site performance will be recorded.
The YCT is for non-native, primary and secondary school students up to age 15.
- YCT Level 1: can understand and use some of the most common Chinese phrases and sentences and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.
- YCT Level 2: can understand and use some simple Chinese phrases and sentences and cope with basic level communications.
- YCT Level 3: having reached an excellent level in basic Chinese, can communicate on familiar daily topics in a simple manner.
- YCT Level 4: can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. When travelling in China, they can manage most forms of communication in Chinese.
This coming March 18, grade 3-5 students will take their YCT exams.