This quarter, we are learning about food and drinks…
Students experienced hands-on cooking of stir-fry broccoli.
Everyone help in cutting, boiling and cooking.
They had a memorable experience.
Chinese International School Manila (CISM) recently celebrated its 10th year anniversary and our topic for Grade 9 is “School Events” 学校活动。
Students are learning new vocabulary words related with sports (游泳、仰泳、蛙泳、自由泳、蝶泳，马拉松长跑、跳远、跳高、接力赛、链球、铅球、铁饼、和球类运动), charity sale, Chinese culture related activities (舞龙、舞狮、敲锣、打鼓、二胡、扬琴、琵琶、笛子、象棋和写毛笔字)。
Grade 9 Foundation students reviewed and learned new words related to school. They did reading comprehension, crossword puzzle, antonyms, sentence structure and essay writing. In class discussion, students shared their favorite subjects and reason of liking them.
Image taken from http://www.okclipart.com/school-subjects-clip-art90bulfvgfy/
Attached is the power point for students to review. Schools
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
HSK (汉语水平考试 Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) or the Chinese Proficiency Test is an international standardized exam which tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It evaluates Chinese language abilities for non-native Chinese speakers in term of using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives.
Some tips for reviewing HSK exam -
1) Be familiar with the structure of the test.
HSK exam generally focuses on speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills, as well as vocabulary and grammar.
You can also download the HSK vocabulary here http://www.digmandarin.com/category/hsk-vocabulary
2) Do as many practice tests as possible
Finish as many exercises as possible, look over your answers and figure out the cause of your errors. Chart your progress for motivation, as you will be encouraged when you start to see that your studying is paying off.
3) Increase your listening ability daily
To become a better listener, you should first relax. This will allow you to focus more intently when you take the exam. Read the questions on the exam to aid you in comprehending the section you are listening to.
4) Set aside regular study time
Study for two and a half hours daily. It doesn’t matter when you study, as long as you do so daily, but many people find it helpful to study at the same time every day so they get in the habit of it and can easily go into “study mode.” Make sure you won’t be disturbed; an entire day of studying with many distractions is less efficient than a two-and-a-half-hour study session with no disturbances. Maintain your concentration while studying by taking a short break (about five minutes) when you start to feel mentally overloaded.
Extracted from http://www.digmandarin.com/9-tips-help-you-pass-hsk.html
Students under Foundation class is learning to form word web.
Here are some of their works -
Active learning is “anything that involves students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing” (Bonwell & Eison, 1991).
Grade 9/10 Mandarin Foundation students construct their own sentences using simple and complex conjunctions. They apply the concept they learned in writing skills. Immediate teacher feedback on students’ work and peer-assessment were helpful process in the process of their learning language.
In active learning, students were given the opportunity to think, talk and process the concept and course materials.
We also allow students to practice important skills of collaboration. Grade 9/10 students work together to form words/phrases.
Bonwell, C. C., & Eison, J. A. (1991). Active learning: Creating excitement in the classroom (ASHE–ERIC Higher Education Rep. No. 1).Washington, DC: The George Washington University, School of Education and Human Development.
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.