How does one’s cultural knowledge influence his/her language learning?
How does one with limited proficiency communicate with native speakers?
How does one apply his/her learning beyond the classroom setting and connect with the real world experience?
How does one solve real-world problems with his/her language learning experiences?
How does language/culture learning prepare me in becoming a 21st century world citizen?
Reviews: basic classroom expressions, class subjects, classroom objects, weather and seasons, daily routine, and Chinese numeral applications
Circumlocution strategies: extensions of classroom expressions
Fundamental Chinese characters (II): extensions of Fundamental Chinese characters (I)
My “Big” Family: extended family kinship terms, complexity and rationale behind Chinese family kinship terms, one-child policy in contemporary China and its impact on family structure
Tea-Drinking Culture: Chinese people’s 7 essentials of life, tools used and steps involved while making tea, colors, herbs and fruits, flavors of tea, varieties of tea in Chinese and other cultures, perspectives of tea-drinking practices in different cultures, ways Chinese people use to entertain guests, proper manner of drinking tea
Chinese way of eating: fruits and vegetables unique in Chinese culture, food symbolism, medicinal effects of foods, Chinese food counteraction chart, shop at local Asian supermarket
Taiwanese and Cantonese Breakfast: popular breakfast items including dim sum, flavors and cooking methods, perspectives of YumCha (Cantonese for drinking tea), courtesies of dining at dim sum restaurant
Chinese Medicine: traditional Chinese medicine practices (Chinese herbs, acupuncture, cupping, dermabrasion), symptoms and signs of illness, health care professionals, sickness/absence note-writing, tour to local Chinese clinic
Track Meet: event names, asking for directions, clothing options, feeling and emotions
Chinese Holiday Celebrations
Uses circumlocution strategies to clarify meanings
Identifies the sounds and meanings of 135 fundamental Chinese characters; writes characters from memory; makes connections between fundamental characters and other more complex characters
Explains the impact of one-child policy on China’s social and economic structures; researches and describes the extended family tree of a person of one’s choice
Names the 7 essentials of life in Chinese culture; introduces and justifies one’s own 7 essentials of life; describe the tools, ingredients and steps involved in making a pot of one’s favorite tea; presents and accepts tea in a culturally appropriate manner; completes a brochure to promote one’s tea
Shows understanding of Chinese food symbolism; creates one’s own food symbolism and provides reasons; describes one’s favorite food items and their health benefits; designs the menu for a food dish; makes purchases at a local Asian supermarket; teaches the class how to cook the food dish
Names the common breakfast items and identifies their flavors and ingredients; explains the perspectives of yumcha; compares yumcha and one’s favorite breakfast; displays culturally appropriate manner while dining in a dim sum restaurant; makes a promo card for one’s favorite dim sum item
Researches common traditional Chinese practices and belief behind each practice; inquires about peers’ wellbeing; texts, emails or hand-writes a sickness note in simulated situations
Describes one’s feeling towards annual Track Meet; exchanges information about clothing options and event participations; gives directions to Chinese speaking visitors
Formative: informal classroom observations, quizzes and tests
Summative: role plays, oral reports, blog posts and group projects
Self-reflection and assessment
Teacher created course materials
Culturally authentic materials
Understands how language is imbedded in culture, and to successfully learn a second language, one needs to know the target culture
Develops awareness and respect for the target culture and traditions through studying the cultural perspectives, products and practices of the Chinese people.