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Immersion Course Day #2

Wow, today’s flying by!  Myself and the three other Chinese teachers taught our first lessons with our classes today.  My class is the Dragon class (龙) and we covered essential greetings (hi, how are you, I’m fine, I’m horrid) as well as looking at how to say what you, he or she were called and all the numbers 1-99!!!  >PHEW<  I don’t know about them but that’s enough for me for one morning!  My class have been brilliant; extremely friendly, polite and really eager trying out all the Chinese they’ve been learning.

Students learning their mystery identities with the oh-so-essential question: 你叫什么名字?

In addition to language classes students have begun learning their morning exercise routine (早操), putting their hands to the graceful yet deadly art of tai’chi (太极), designed and created their China-inspired T-shirts as well as had a go on a variety of Chinese instruments: Chinese violin (二胡), Chinese harp (古筝), Chinese recorders (葫芦丝), drums (鼓) and guitars (吉他,琵琶): noisy but fantastic!
For more information about this KS2 Immersion course run by the British Council please see their blog on: http://sites.google.com/site/chinesesummerschool/home

Morning exercise!

Dr David Dong leading the students in their tai'chi practice

T-shirt designing getting underway!

Some of the finished products!

The 'music man' getting students involved with Chinese violins (二胡)

The Chinese harp (古筝)

Looking like a pro with a Chinese guitar (琵琶)

The class try out a number with the piano and drum


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Transition 前進樂團

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Dawen sings Rebecca Black

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Jason Chen sings Justin Bieber

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This term in Y8 Rich Task they are looking at ‘Our Changing World’ and I and the other language teachers have been invited in to lead cultural sessions on our specialist areas.  So today I tried out something new, a Prezi presentation that I had been inspired to ‘have a go at’ by Pete Goodman at chinesestaffroom.com during his workshop on ICT in the classroom at SSAT’s Annual Chinese Conference.  My Prezi was based on the marvellous Jan Stuart’s talk from the British Museum and focused on why Chinese should be learnt not only for its language but also for its culture.  We looked at the inventions and discoveries that China and the Chinese have made and without which our world would be unrecognisable!  The students loved it and got really stuck in to their own research!

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At last!  It’s been only a week since this blog was first created but I can now officially says it’s complete!  I have spent time scouring our databanks for photos to decorate and illustrate the wonderful work that our Confucius Classroom does.  So please, have a wonder and enjoy the new illustrations as well as the updated page: ‘Trips’ which contains information on the trip to London our students did as part of the ACC’s Chinese New Year celebrations!

Happy viewing!

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