How does one’s cultural knowledge influence his/her language learning?
How does one with limited proficiency communicate with native speakers
How does one solve real-world problems with his/her language learning experiences?
How does one connect what he/she learns in the classroom setting with the real world?
How does language/culture learning prepare me in becoming a 21st century world citizen?
Review of 2012-13 vocabulary list
Classroom expressions (extensions)
100 Radicals: their ancient forms, and variants in different characters
Body Arts and Identity: 12 zodiac animals, translation and interpretations of common American vernacular expressions,common Chinese vernacular expressions, cultural sameness and differences in viewing tattoos
Dumplings around the world: definition of dumplings, dumplings in Chinese and other cultures, the perspectives of eating dumplings in different cultures; ingredients and cooking procedures
Body and Health (extension): health care systems in Taiwan and USA, healthcare professionals, parts of the body, Chinese “face reading” to determine one’s well-being and fortune, common Chinese herbs and their health benefits, common Chinese wellness practice, Chinese students’ morning exercise routine and eye exercise routine
Fads, Friends and Fashions: methods Chinese, Taiwanese, and American teenagers use to stay connected,popular social media websites in China and Taiwan, digital citizenship, 2018 predictions
Chinese holiday celebrations
Utilizes the learned vocabulary words throughout the course
Makes connections between the radicals and complex characters
Interprets authentic news program and news text;utilizes vernacular expressions in context; designs a mock tattoo, or other artistic creations important to one’s identity; provides rationale for the designs; identifies cultural taboos
Introduces one’s favorite dumpling including its origin, cultural significance, ingredients, taste, and cooking procedures
Draws an ideal face according to Chinese “face reading” principles; shares one’s wellness practice, and compares it with the common Chinese practice; creates a one-minute wellness routine for busy device users
Identifies the popular social media websites and their similar US versions; shares ideas and practices about digital citizenship with Taiwanese peers; describes hopes and dreams for year 2018
Compares and contrasts Chinese traditional holidays with one’s own, and describes the perspectives of cultural products and practices
Formative: informal classroom observations, quizzes and tests
Summative: role plays, oral reports and group projects
Self-reflection and assessment
Teacher created materials
Authentic cultural 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.