High School French
We have reached the end of November 2019. In other words, in a few weeks, the first semester will end soon and will enter the year-end holidays and start a new chapter in early 2020. From the beginning of the school year in August until now, students have already learned many things in French class.
At High School, we divide French language into 3 levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
At the first level, students only learn basic knowledge of French, including grammar, vocabulary and daily expressions. At this time, the beginner students can communicate French with basic conversations such as introducing themselves, introducing family, friends or others, describing someone, expressing desires and daily activities, etc., with basic vocabulary and grammar.
At the secondary level, students learn more vocabulary and grammar. Students can interact in daily conversations. They can tell stories, ask questions, answer, understand conversations, and write with everyday expressions.
At the third level, students are required to explore deeper grammar with more new vocabulary. They can already communicate with people who speak French. Their French knowledge is more advanced and better in terms of speaking, writing, listening and reading.
Outside of academic knowledge, students also learn to know French culture through French cuisine, films and songs.
Here are some examples of their activities in French language classes:
Students are doing their French exercises directly on the board.
Students are making their breakfast à la French “Petit déjeuner français”.
Middle School Mandarin
There is a Chinese saying that interest is the best teacher. In Chinese class, we always stimulate students’ interest through various interesting classroom activities. These interesting activities can not only help them learn Chinese, but also cultivate their collaboration ability.
6th graders as beginners, We are currently learning Chinese pinyin and pinyin is mainly used to train students’ pronunciation. We learn Chinese pinyin through specific vocabulary, so students can practice pronunciation and know some basic Chinese vocabulary at the same time. In this learning process, students from different teams are required to match the pinyin words they have learned with the pictures, and then work together to use body language to express the words, guess the words and write the pinyin words. The students really enjoyed the practice.
The latest project for 7th graders is country and language. Students worked in groups to translate some of the common sentences we had learned into different languages and then present their poster in Chinese. Students were very excited because a Chinese class let them learn many languages.
In the 8th grade class, we try to change our traditional teaching mode. Students are more involved in classroom design and learning. Not only will it allow students to reflect more on their own learning, but it will also help teachers develop specific learning plans.