Consolidate and continue the results of the previous two years of Chinese Projects in Suder. I am going to organize different Chinese events and activities to help students, teachers, staff, and parents get to know the Chinese language and Chinese traditional culture.
My capstone is actually my CLP, which is a Chinese local fair. I had intended to hold it in March, but we had spring festival and too many snow days in February, so we didn't have enough time to get everything ready for it. And now we are busy with every detail to make sure it will be successfully held on April 26. So far, we have taken a field trip to MIA to help as many as possible students to have a general visual idea of what Chinese culture is like. Besides, I appointed 6 students to be directors of each section of the fair.
The project is about Chinese New Year Celebration for the students, teachers, parents, faculty and community members and guests. From a series of activities, like lectures, assemblies, cross- culture fair, and Chinese Club, the people in the community will get a basic understanding and full engagement of Chinese Culture. The idea is to spread the knowledge and understanding of Chinese Culture, history and traditionas as well as the language to the community at large in order to increase people’s interest in Chinese Culture and Language Learning.
My capstone project is to establish a Chinese curriculum for my host school, Ewa Makai Middle School. Since this is the first year my host school has had Mandarin Chinese classes, I felt quite challenged when I started my teaching. How I wished that I had good resources that was suitable for my teaching context. Developing a curriculum alone is never an easy job, but I do believe it will benefit further development of this course and my successor. That is why I devoted a lot of time and energy to my capstone project.
My capstone project is to establish a sister school partnership between my host school in the US and my home school back in China. Since my home school is well recognized for its foreign exchange affairs, we know how beneficial the relationship is to teachers and students for both sides. It not only benefit language learning, but also broaden student’s minds by visiting or talking with people from another culture, which helps them to be global citizens.
My capstone project is having students experience Chinese culture in the Chinese community in Chicago. We have learnt a few lessons about Chinese food and Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, then we will take students to experience what they have learnt in the classroom personally. So we called this activity Cultural Immersion Chinatown.
My capstone project is to build up the relationship between students in U.S school and students in China via online videos. Students in U.S school have already learned some basic Chinese words so that they can make a brief introduction about themselves. Also American students will ask some questions like “ni hao ma? (how are you?)”, “ni jiao shen me ming zi? (what’s your name)” and “ni ji sui? (how old are you)”. If they want to introduce more about themselves or they want to ask more questions, they can speak in English slowly and clearly.