Learn Chinese through Art

Project Type: 
School Project
Award Project Round: 
1
Deadline Date: 
Monday, November 1, 2010

TCLP Chinese teacher Yao Xiaoning organized a three-part CLP for students at Correia Middle School. Part one was a visit to the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum to learn about Chinese history, appreciate some Chinese artwork and watch a calligraphy presentation. Part two was a May field trip to the Chinatown in Los Angeles, where students completed a scavenger hunt in a Chinese market, had lunch in a Chinese restaurant, and bought books in a bookstore using what they’ve learned from Chinese class. Part three was a Chinese Night activity. Through student group presentations on topics such as Chinese traditional festivals, paper-cutting, Chinese games, and calligraphy, parents and other attendees in the community gained a better understanding of China and the importance of maintaining the Chinese program. The field trips provided students chances to use what they had learned in real life situations and also helped Yao Xiaoning refine her teaching plans to help students improve their language skills, especially with project-based learning. Chinese Night provided a stage for the students to show their accomplishments in Chinese learning, which helped them build more confidence, laid a solid foundation for their future Chinese learning, and the future of the Chinese program at Correia.