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Blog format

Grade 12 students are now busy with essay writing.

One of which is blog. A blog is also known as an online diary or online journal. A blog post is usually written by an individual and posted periodically.

Format – The blog name or website is usually given in the first line, followed by the title and date.

格式 – 首行一般提供博客的名字或网站,然后写上标题和日期。

Body – Invite readers to leave comments, for example: “What does everyone think about this? Feel free to leave a message.”

正文 – 鼓励读者留下意见:比如:”大家对这个问题怎样看呢?欢迎给我留言“。

Ending – 1-2 of the following should be included: Read xx times, xx comments, saved xx times, shared xx times, xx replies, etc.

结尾 – 应列出:XX次阅读,XX个评论,XX收藏,XX转载,XX个回复等,最好包括其中的1-2个。

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Chinese New Year 春节

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is the most important among the traditional Chinese festivals. 84b56ed35a08463e9d2590c2

 

Why Do People Celebrate Chinese New Year?

1) to celebrate a year of hard work, family gathering and have a good rest

2) to wish for a lucky and prosperous coming year

How Do the Chinese Celebrate the Festival?

1) Reunion dinner/New Year’s Eve dinner

2) Decorate house with luck red items

- red lanterns, red couplets (对联 duì lián), upside-down fu (福 fú) are pasted on doors.

3) Red envelopes (红包 hóng bāo)

- to give hope, good luck

4) Eating lucky foods

- fish is a must (fish sounds like the word for surplus). other foods – dumplings, spring rolls, glutinous rice cakes.

5) Setting off firecrackers

- goodbye old year and welcome NEW year

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Writing tasks

One of the assessment objectives in IB Mandarin ab initio is to use a register and a format that are appropriate to the situation.

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Attached is the reference for Grade 12 students - samples-of-writing-tasks

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Character Learning System

Struggle in memorizing Chinese characters? 

Here’s some tips —

1) INPUT – pick specific word and learn the Chinese character

2) PROCESSING – break it down into its component parts. Use this individual components of a character to build a “story” around the character.

3) REVIEW – write it down and use flashcards to review. If learned correctly, move to USAGE. However, if the Chinese characters you learned is wrong, you can use radical to help memorize the Chinese character.

4) USAGE –  use the learned words often.

 

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Mid-Autumn Festival

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Last September 15, Grade 9, 11, and 12 Mandarin students celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival with the traditional dice game (中秋博饼) during class. 
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Written Assignment

Written Assignment heading

- the independent research that student has carried out on one of the prescribed topics of the language ab initio course in the final year.

- students will be assessed in their receptive and productive skills.

Objectives:

(1) to develop intercultural understanding by reflecting on differences and similarities between cultures

(2) to describe aspects of the target language culture (s)

(3) to compare aspects of the target language culture (s) with similar aspects in the student’s culture (s)

(4) to develop language competence.

The written assignment is divided into 3 sections —

Section A: A description of the chosen topic in relation to specific aspects of the target culture (s)

Section B: A comparison of the differences and/or similarities between the chosen topic in the target culture (s) and the student’s culture (s)

Section C: A reflection related to the chosen topic

The reflection must include answers to ALL of the following questions.

- Which aspect of your chosen topic surprised you?

-Why do you think these cultural similarities/differences exist?

- What might a person from the target culture (s) find different about your chosen topic in your culture (s)

Information extracted from IB Language ab initio guide 2015

Click this powerpoint for more information about Written Assignment

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Amazing Race during Chinese New Year

The Chinese class has an activity in Chinatown, patterned after the famous game show Amazing Race, where students are exposed to local Chinese culture, and were required to rely on their written, verbal and reading skills.

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Mock Internal Assessment (IA)

This week, Grade 12 Mandarin Ab Initio students will have their Mock IA — Please see the powerpoint for guidelines

Parts One and Two:

a. When the 15 minutes are up.  I will call you and the recording will start.

b. Once prompted, you should say your full name (first name and last name), IB candidate number and which picture you have chosen. For example:

我的名字是 ___________,我的号码是 _________ (read the number in Chinese),我选第二张照片。

You should speak very clearly.

c. I will then prompt you to start the description with a phrase such as “请你介绍一下你看到的照片”.

d. You have 1-2 minutes to describe the picture. Make sure you are aware of the time. When you finish, please tell me “我的描述就到这里。”

e. I will then ask questions about the picture for about 2-3 minutes.

Part Three:

a. I will indicate the beginning of this part by saying “第一和二部分的口试就到这儿。接下来是第三部分的口试。”

b. You must know the title of your Mock Written Assignment, as it will be asked for. Part Three will begin with two questions about the Mock Written Assignment, such as:

  • 你的书面作业是关于什么的?What is your written assignment about?
  • 你为什么选择这个题目?Why did you choose this as your written assignment?
  • 从书面作业中你学到了什么?What did you learn from the written assignment?

c. I will then ask general questions about the topics studied in the course (4-5 minutes). The questions are designed in such way that you must use different verb expression, in particular present, past, future; and demonstrate the variety and richness of vocabulary.

d. You must make sure to answer in complete sentences and always justify your answers with sentences connectors such as 但是、可是、却.

e. To end the recording, I will say “考试结束,谢谢!”.

 

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Written Assignment

Written Assignment is the independent research that student has carried out on one of the prescribed topics of the language ab initio course in the final year. Students will be assessed in their receptive and productive skills.

The objectives of the written assignment is to develop intercultural understanding by reflecting on differences and similarities between cultures, to describe aspects of the target language culture (s), to compare aspects of the target language culture (s) with similar aspects in the student’s culture (s), and to develop language competence.

The written assignment is divided into 3 sections —

Section A: A description of the chosen topic in relation to specific aspects of the target culture (s)

Section B: A comparison of the differences and/or similarities between the chosen topic in the target culture (s) and the student’s culture (s)

Section C: A reflection related to the chosen topic

The reflection must include answers to ALL of the following questions.

- Which aspect of your chosen topic surprised you?

-Why do you think these cultural similarities/differences exist?

- What might a person from the target culture (s) find different about your chosen topic in your culture (s)

Information extracted from IB Language ab initio guide 2015

 

 

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