Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Chinese Teacher Support Resources

We know that Chinese teachers work very hard scouting materials on the Internet and elsewhere to make the classroom interaction more fun and engaging for the students. At ActiveChinese, we want to do our share to support the teachers. In addition to the many teacher resources already in the ActiveChinese programs, we will use this blog to share with teachers classroom activities and multimedia materials that can be used in classroom. We will also try to publish the support materials to match holidays and current events in China. Here are some tips that we hope teachers can use for the beginning of the school year:

- PPT for Pinyin introduction: we built a set of PowerPoint slides to help teachers introduce Pinyin in the classroom. To download these slides, you can sign up for free trial of the ActiveChinese School Edition at www.ActiveChinese.com and look for the slides under teacher resources after you log in.

- Classroom activities using the Communicative Approach. We participated in this year's Startalk Program at University Hawaii and had the opportunity of observing how Cindy Ning and four master teachers conduct Chinese classes using the Communicative approach. In fact, Cindy has a great teacher book with an excellent introduction of the approach and many classroom activities. Better yet, the book can downloaded online FREE from the Yale University Press website. Here's the URL:

http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/pdf/CICListeningSpeakingActivity.pdf

Have a great new school year and happy teaching.

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