My students live in East Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Mateo, San Carlos, and Belmont. They come from various social-economic backgrounds.
My students are taking on the challenge of learning a completely different language: Chinese, in an area where Spanish is the dominating world language.
My students come in every day with high energy and eager to learn. They often comment that this is the class they look forward to every day because it is fun and full of laughter. It is very important for my students to have fun while learning such a different and challenging language.
Creative and fun activities are an integral part of our lessons to provide students the opportunity to "Shine" through their creative works! We utilize many tools, such as flashcards, whiteboards, whiteboard markers and erasers, poster papers, scratch papers for learning activities, as well as color markers, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, and other materials for creative activities.
There is no better way to learn culture through first-hand experience. While there is no way to experience all aspects of culture first-hand as a second-language learner, working on hands-on projects can help students experience some aspects of the culture and create better connections to the culture. It can also deepen the student's understanding of the culture while making the experience more memorable!
Carving your own seal, sewing and binding your own book in the traditional way, and use your carved seal to make your mark on your book would be a great project to discuss with the students about the history of Chinese books and the Chinese characters.
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