Classroom Happenings and Homework Assignments

for Class 3B for the school year 2008-09

(to be updated weekly on Tuesdays)

Session 11: 3/29/2009 二零零九年三月二十九日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  • We've canceled our class for April 5th. 8 out of 9 students will not be able to make the class, and the class is cancelled. Next time we meet will be on April 19th, the day of the character recognition fishing contest.
  • Do not neglect to memorize the texts in Go100 and in your Epen3 textbook! Please do this to increase your listening comprehension and speaking ability. This is EXTREMELY important! Parents, please supervise your child on this assignment. Remind them about it. Make it part of going-to-bed routine, make it a time filler for car rides, breakfast table, etc.
  • Character Recognition Contest will be held on 4/19 in the form of fishing contest (same format as last year). Two packets of vocabulary study guides have been sent home this week; one set is for words from Go100, and the other is for words from our textbook (Epen3). Students are expected to know BOTH the pronunciation and the translation of these words or phrases in order to catch these "fish". Each student would be able to bring up to 5 fish each time to the judges. At the end of the fishing contest (either one class period or when the fish run out), the fish will be weighed and counted.
  • Speech Contest is planned for 4/26.
    • Each student will be given three minutes to deliver the speech. Any extra time beyond the 3 minutes will reduce the final score.
    • Students are to prepare the chants and memorized blocks of text from Go100 and from the Epen3 textbook.
    • Pronunciation is extremely important, as well as convincing tone.
    • Student are encouraged to do some simple acting or gesturing to go with the speech. Hand-puppets or props are also recommended. Make it fun.
    • The Go100 chants are very short. Each takes about 15 seconds to read. The texts from our textbook take a little bit longer to deliver.
    • Student must fill up the 3 minute time with a minimum of 3 blocks of memorized text.
  • Reminder: No Chinese school on 4/5 (canceled due to low attendance) 4/12 (Easter) and 5/10 (Mother's Day).
  • Reminder: Commencement is on May 17th. We do not have many more classes left this spring! Please work hard until the end!

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • Aural training
  • Grammar -- Epen3 page 33
  • Reviewed the handwriting homework from last week: 。 我最喜歡吃的是巧克力。冰淇淋也很好吃。 That I like to eat the best is chocolate. Ice cream is also very delicious.
  • Reviewed key vocabularies related to positions. Then we tried to draw circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles on a piece of paper with verbal directions from Liu Laoshi. It was hard work, and nobody got it right. We'll attempt this again. These are the vocabulary for the shapes:
    • 圓形 [yuan2 xing2] = circle
    • 三角形 [san1 jiao3 xing2] = 3 + corner + shape = triangle
    • 正方形 [zheng4 fang1 xing2] = proper + square + shape = square
    • 長方形 [chang2 fang1 xing2] = long + square + shape = rectangle
  • Killer Bunnies Magic Carrot -- We didn't do this game this week -- no time.
  • Fishing Practice -- We practiced fishing with newly made fish from Go100 words.

ABSENT: Nobody

HANDOUTS:
  • Handwriting homework for this coming week. 我們的中文學校是在星期天下午,從一點鐘到四點鐘。 Our Chinese School is on Sunday afternoons, from one o'clock to four o'clock.
    • 我們的 [wo3 men5 de5] = our
    • 中文學校 [zhong1 wen2 xue2 xiao4] = Chinese school
    • 是 [shi4] = am/are/is
    • 在 [zai4] = at
    • 星期天 [xing1 qi2 tian1] = Sunday (same as 星期日)
    • 下午 [xia4 wu3] = afternoon
    • 從 [cong2] = from
    • 一點鐘 [yi4 dian3 zhong1] = one o'clock
    • 到 [dao4] = to, until
    • 四點鐘 [si4 dian3 zhong] = four o'clock
  • A 10-page packet of vocabulary from Go100 for the Character Recognition Contest. Note: Page 9 has serious typos and the correction will be forwarded as a PDF file to the students via emails.
  • A 13-page packet of vocabulary from Epen3 Lessons 1-4 for the Character Recognition Contest.
  • A check-off list for the Chants and Text Memorization projects that the students have been working on since middle of February. This is to make sure that the students and their parents are clear on which blocks of text they can still present for correction.

HOMEWORK:
  • Memorize chants and blocks of text -- Please please please continue to memorize any chants from Go100 and Epen3 pages. Start preparing for your speech contest.
  • [Go100 homework] -- No assignment this week
  • Handwriting: The pages were handed out on Sunday. Please write them out.
    • Very important is the stroke order. Please review the stroke order using the "Stroke Orders of Zi" (see instruction from last week).
    • Write the entire Hanzi before moving on to the next Hanzi.
    • Please say each Hanzi out loud as you write.
  • Preparing for Character Recognition Contest -- You may toss out the previous packets. The only ones that matters are the two packets from THIS SUNDAY.
  • Prepare for the Speech Contest
    • The main goal of the speech contest is to showcase your pronunciation and fluid delivery of the text.
    • Please choose some text from Go100 and some from Epen3 textbook.
    • You may call Liu Laoshi any day from 9am until 9pm to consult with her on pronunciation. 484 643 2044
    • Strongly encourage you to make this a fun experience by adding props (signs or hand puppets) to your collection of memorized texts.
    • You may have index cards to write down key words or phrases for your speech.
    • Liu Laoshi will expect you to do a dry run (rehearsal) on April 19th.



Session 10: 3/22/2009 二零零九年三月二十二日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  • Do not neglect to memorize the texts in Go100 and in your Epen3 textbook! Please do this to increase your listening comprehension and speaking ability. This is EXTREMELY important! Parents, please supervise your child on this assignment. Remind them about it. Make it part of going-to-bed routine, make it a time filler for car rides, breakfast table, etc.
  • Character Recognition Contest will be held on 4/19 in the form of fishing contest (same format as last year). Laoshi will hand out the vocabulary list. Students are expected to know BOTH the pronunciation and the translation of these words or phrases.
  • Speech Contest is planned for 4/26.
    • Each student will be given three minutes to deliver the speech. Any extra time beyond the 3 minutes will reduce the final score.
    • Students are to prepare the chants and memorized blocks of text from Go100 and from the Epen3 textbook.
    • Pronunciation is extremely important, as well as convincing tone.
    • Student are encouraged to do some simple acting or gesturing to go with the speech. Hand-puppets or props are also recommended. Make it fun.
    • The Go100 chants are very short. Each takes about 15 seconds to read. The texts from our textbook take a little bit longer to deliver.
    • Student must fill up the 3 minute time with a minimum of 3 blocks of memorized text.
  • Reminder: No Chinese school on 4/12 (Easter) and 5/10 (Mother's Day).
  • Reminder: Commencement is on May 17th. We do not have many more classes left this spring! Please work hard until the end!

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • Aural training
    • time: hours - minutes
    • date, days of the week, relative days
      • 昨天 [zuo2 tian1] = yesterday
      • 前天 [qian2 tian1] = day before yesterday
      • 今天 [jin1 tian1] = today
      • 明天 [ming2 tian1] = tomorrow
      • 後天 [hou4 tian1] = day after tomorrow
      • 大後天 [da4 hou4 tian1] = day after after tomorrow
    • all words flavored with 好 [hao3] and 難 [nan2]
  • Grammar with 的 [de5]
    • 的 is common used to indicate possessive. For example: Mary's book --> Mary 的 book.
    • 的 can be used to frame a subjunctive clause. For example: The book that I like to read --> I like to read book.
      • 我喜歡吃 [wo3 xi3 huan1 chi1] = I like to eat
      • 冰淇淋 [bing1 qi2 lin2] = ice cream
      • 我喜歡吃冰淇淋 [wo3 xi3 huan1 chi1 de5 bing1 qi2 lin2] = the ice cream that I like to eat.
      • 巧克力 [qiao3 ke4 li4] = chocolate
      • 我喜歡吃的冰淇淋是巧克力 = the ice cream that I like to eat is chocolate.
  • Reviewed the handwriting homework from last week: 。 媽媽說:「不可以用手吃飯。要用筷子吃。」
  • Read the handwriting homework for this coming week (see below on Handouts). 我最喜歡吃的是巧克力。冰淇淋也很好吃。 That I like to eat the best is chocolate. Ice cream is also very delicious.
    • 最 [zui4] = most, best, indicating superlative
    • 最好 [zui4 hao3] = most + good = best
    • 最好看 [zui4 hao3 kan4] = most + good + look = prettiest, most beautiful
    • 最喜歡 [zui4 xi3 huan1] = most + like = like the most
  • Reviewed Go100 Lesson 8
  • Chinese Chess -- played a few rounds of connect-5 with grid of words for the character recognition contest.
  • Introduced and reviewed key vocabularies related to positions
    • 中間 [zhong1 jian1] = middle, middle space
    • 右邊 [you4 bian1] = right, right side
    • 左邊 [zuo3 bian1] = left, left side
    • 上面 [shang4 mian4] = upper face, up
    • 下面 [xia4 mian4] = lower face, down
    • 右上 [you4 shang4] = upper right
    • 右下 [you4 xia4] = lower right
    • 左上 [zuo3 shang4] = upper left
    • 左下 [zuo3 xia4] = lower left
    • 角 [jiao3] = corner
  • Killer Bunnies Magic Carrot -- students were able to comprehend (listening comprehension) a wide range of words, phrases, and sentences from virtually everything that we've covered. Amazing! Michelle won the magic carrot.

ABSENT: Lauren

HANDOUTS:
  • Handwriting homework for this coming week. 我最喜歡吃的是巧克力。冰淇淋也很好吃。 That I like to eat the best is chocolate. Ice cream is also very delicious.
  • 1 page summary of the vocabulary related to positions (see above).

HOMEWORK:
  • Memorize chants and blocks of text -- Please please please continue to memorize any chants from Go100 and Epen3 pages. Start preparing for your speech contest.
  • [Go100 homework]
    • Learn the Lesson 8 chant
    • Do Lesson 8 -- Drill Sentence-builder
  • Handwriting: The pages were handed out on Sunday. Please write them out. Very important is the stroke order. Please review the stroke order using the "Stroke Orders of Zi" (see instruction from last week). Please say the sentence out loud.
  • Preparing for Character Recognition Contest -- Study the characters with the packet handed out this Sunday. You will need to study this for our game this coming Sunday.
  • Read the words on the handout sheet for the Positions.



Session 9: 3/15/2009 二零零九年三月十五日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  • Do not neglect to memorize the texts in Go100 and in your Epen3 textbook! Please do this to increase your listening comprehension and speaking ability. This is EXTREMELY important! Parents, please supervise your child on this assignment. Remind them about it.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • A quick aural review of telling dates, days of the week, and
    • 今天 [jin1 tian1] = today
    • 明天 [ming2 tian1] = tomorrow
    • 後天 [hou4 tian1] = day after tomorrow
    • 大後天 [da4 hou4 tian1] = day after after tomorrow
  • 難 [nan2] = difficult. This is used in the following way (opposite of what we had learned last week.)
    • 難聽 [nan2ting1] = difficult + listen = sounds ugly or screechy
    • 難吃 [nan2chi1] = difficult+ eat = tastes yucky,
    • 難看 [nan2kan4] = difficult+ look = ugly,
    • 難玩 [nan2wan2] = difficult+ play -- THIS COMBINATION DOES NOT EXIST !
  • Position of adjectives: When an adjective is followed by a noun, one must insert 的 between the adjective and the noun. For example,
    • 難聽的歌 [nan2ting1 de5 ge1] = a song that grates against your ears
    • 難吃的飯 [nan2chi1 de5 fan4] = yucky meal
    • 難看的衣服 [nan2kan4 de5 yi1 fu2] = ugly clothes
  • Reviewed the handwriting homework from last week: 。 春天快到了。我要多一點在外面玩。 Spring is almost here. I want to play a bit more outside.
  • Read the handwriting homework for this coming week (see below on Handouts). 媽媽說:「不可以用手吃飯。要用筷子吃。」 Mother says, "Do not use your fingers to eat food. (You) need to use chopsticks."
  • Introduced the times of the day:
    • 早上 [zao3 shang4] = early + up = morning
    • 上午 [shang4 wu3] = up + noon = before noon
    • 中午 [zhong1 wu3] = middle + noon = 12 o'clock noon
    • 下午 [xia4 wu3] = down + noon = afternoon
    • 晚上 [wan3 shang4] = late + up = evening
  • Started Go100 Lesson 8
    • 請問現在幾點鐘? May I ask, what time is it now?
      • 請問 [qing3 wen4] = please let me ask..., may I ask...
      • 現在 [xian4 zai4] = now, right now
      • 幾點鐘 [ji3 dian3 zhong1] = how many + dot + clock = what time
    • 下午三點五十分, 3:50 in the afternoon
      • 下午 [xia4 wu3] = down + noon = afternoon
      • 三點五十分 [san1 dian3 wu3 shi2 fen1] = 3 dot + 50 cent = 3:50
    • 還有十分四點鐘。 still have 10 minutes to 4 o'clock
      • 還有 [hai2 you3] = still have
      • 十分 [shi2 fen1] = ten minutes
      • 四點鐘 [si4 dian3 zhong1] = 4 + dot + clock = 4 o'clock
    • 四點半時我要走。 When it's 4:30 I'll need to go.
      • 四點半 [si4 dian3 ban4] = 4 + dot + half = 4:30
      • 時 [shi2] = time, when
      • 我要走 [wo3 yao4 zou3] = I need to go
  • Culture Class -- played a few rounds of "connect-5" with black and white pieces. We will play it again next week -- using a grid with Chinese words.
  • Killer Bunnies Magic Carrot -- aurally reviewed dates and today, tomorrow, etc. Also used the vocabulary from Sentence of the Week from last week 春天 快到了。我要 多一點 在外面玩. Leo won the Queen Anne chocolate.

ABSENT: Jh. Y.

HANDOUTS:
  • a table of adjectives: 好聽, 好吃, 好看, 好玩, and 難聽, 難吃, 難看
  • Handwriting homework for this coming week. 媽媽說:「不可以用手吃飯。要用筷子吃。」 Mother says, "Do not use your fingers to eat food. (You) need to use chopsticks."
    • 媽媽說 [ma1 ma5 shuo2] = mother says
    • 不可以 [bu4 ke3 yi3] = not + may = may not
    • 用手 [yong4 shou3] = use hands (use fingers)
    • 吃飯 [chi1 fan4] = to eat meal, to eat food
    • 要用 [yao4 yong4] = need to use
    • 筷子 [kuai4 zi5] = chopsticks
    • 吃 [chi1] = eat
  • Table of characters for our character recognition contest.

HOMEWORK:
  • Memorize chants and blocks of text -- Please continue to memorize any chants from Go100 and Epen3 pages.
  • [Go100 homework]
    • Practice the Lesson 8 chant (See above for the exact definition of every word in the chant.)
    • Do Lesson 8 -- Drill Word-builder
  • Handwriting: The pages were handed out on Sunday. Please write them out. Very important is the stroke order. Please review the stroke order using the "Stroke Orders of Zi" (see instruction from last week). Please say the sentence out loud.
  • Preparing for Character Recognition Contest -- Study the characters with the packet handed out this Sunday. You will need to study this for our game this coming Sunday.



Session 8: 3/8/2009 二零零九年三月八日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  • Do not neglect to memorize the texts in Go100 and in your Epen3 textbook! Please do this to increase your listening comprehension and speaking ability.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • Epen3 page 32 -- We used this page to launch a series of adjectives with 好 [hao3] = good.
    • 好聽 [hao3 ting1] = good + listen = sounds good,
    • 好吃 [hao3 chi1] = good + eat = delicious,
    • 好看 [hao3 kan4] = good + look = beautiful, looks good,
    • 好玩 [hao3 wan2] = good + play = fun
  • Position of adjectives: When an adjective is followed by a noun, one must insert 的 between the adjective and the noun. For example,
    • 好聽的歌 [hao3 ting1 de5 ge1] = nice song
    • 好吃的飯 [hao3 chi1 de5 fan4] = delicious meal
    • 好看的衣服 [hao3 kan4 de5 yi1 fu2] = pretty clothes (Liu Laoshi brought in three garments for students to vote, 好看不好看.)
    • 好玩的遊戲 [hao3 wan2 de5 you2 xi4] = fun game
  • Learned how to express fractions of a dollar. 塊[kuai4] is used to express dollars, 毛 [mao2] is for dimes, pennies are just numbers following 毛. For example $1.23 = 一塊二毛三.
  • Reviewed price discount vocabulary. 打折 The students seem to have a better grasp of the concept this week.
  • Read the handwriting homework from last week: 星期一下了大雪。我不用去學校。 (It snowed a lot of Monday. I did not need to go to school.)
    • 星期一 [xing1 qi2 yi1] = Monday
    • 下了 [xia4 le5] = came down, dropped down
    • 大雪 [da4 xue3] = big snow
    • 我不用 [wo3 bu2 yong] = I not need
    • 去學校 [qyu4 xue2 xiao4] = go to school
  • Read the handwriting homework for this coming week (see below on Handouts).
  • Snack time story: Animals
  • Killer Bunnies Magic Carrot game: Students won carrots for correctly translating monetary values (dollars and cents) that teacher said. Winner of the Magic Carrot won a piece of Queen Anne chocolate.

ABSENT: Nobody

HANDOUTS:
  • a table of adjectives: 好聽, 好吃, 好看, 好玩
  • worksheet on money, with dollars, dimes, and cents.
  • worksheet on figuring out price discounts: 打折 [da3 zhe2] = discount.
  • handwriting homework due next Sunday: 春天快到了。我要多一點在外面玩。 (Spring is almost here. I want to play a bit more outside.)
    • 春天 [chun1 tian1] = spring (Note: chun1 is pronounced chi - wu - en)
    • 快 [kuai4] = fast, almost
    • 到了 [dao4 le5] = arrived
    • 我要 [wo3 yao4] = I want
    • 多一點 [duo1 yi4 dian3] = many + one + dot = a little bit more
    • 在外面 [zai4 wai4 mian4] = at outside, outside
    • 玩 [wan2] = play

HOMEWORK:
  • Memorize chants and blocks of text -- Memorize Epen3 page 31 (the two brothers arguing over the small pear.) In addition, please continue to memorize any chants from Go100 and Epen3 pages.
  • [Go100 homework] Do Go100 Lesson 6 (SIX) - Sentence Quiz Level 3 (audio). Please do at least the FIRST THREE pages and then hit STOP. Repeat as many times as you need to get as close to 100% accuracy as possible.
  • Handwriting: The pages were handed out on Sunday. Please write them out. Very important is the stroke order. Please review the stroke order using the "Stroke Orders of Zi" (see instruction from last week).



Session 7: 3/1/2009 二零零九年三月一日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  • Please unzip the file "Stroke Orders of Zi" and click on "Animated Characters". Use this to practice correct stroke orders.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • Practice stroke orders with 部件 [bu4 jian4]. Bu4 Jian4 just means "parts". Imagine taking scissors and cut up a Hanzi. You will end up with parts or building blocks. Most Hanzi are just made up of a collection of Bujian. Workbook B page 16 introduced us to the Bujian for the characters in Epen3 Lesson 4. It helps to learn the stroke order for some frequently used Bujian.
  • 打折 -- Students were introduced to the typical signs one sees in the stores when an item is reduced or "on sale". 打 [da3] is the verb which means "to hit". 折 [zhe2] means "to fold". 打折 [da3 zhe2] means "to discount the price". The following should help understand the concept (which the students had a hard time grasping in class.)
    • 打九折 [da3 jiu3 zhe2] = sale price is list price * 0.9 = 10% off
    • 打八折 [da3 ba1 zhe2] = sale price is list price * 0.8 = 20% off
    • 打七折 [da3 qi1 zhe2] = sale price is list price * 0.7 = 30% off
    • 打六折 [da3 liu4 zhe2] = sale price is list price * 0.6 = 40% off
    • 打五折 [da3 wu3 zhe2] = sale price is list price * 0.5 = 50% off
  • Culture class with Chinese Musical Instruments. Each student had a chance to play the gu3 zheng1 and listen to a concert played with an er4 hu2 (a two stringed violin with the bow sandwiched between the two strings.)

ABSENT: Jennifer and her Mickey Mouse

HANDOUTS:
  • Schaum's Chinese Grammar pages 13-15

HOMEWORK:
  • Memorize chants and blocks of text -- continue to memorize the Go100 chants (Lessons 1 through 7) and any blocks of text in our Epen3 textbook up to Lesson 3.
  • [Go100 homework] Do Go100 Lesson 7 - Sentence Quiz Level 3 (audio). Please do ONLY the first three pages and then hit STOP. Repeat as many times as you need to get as close to 100% accuracy as possible.
  • Install on your PC: Please unzip the file "Stroke Orders of Zi" and click on "Animated Characters". Use this to practice correct stroke orders. If you cannot open the attachment, please download it from http://www.csulb.edu/~txie/azi/page1.htm
  • Handwriting: Print out the PDF file attached with your homework email. Write the message on the squares below.
  • Cut out all the flashcards from the three sheets that were handed out. At least twice a week, sort them into piles of know these and don't know these. Study the ones that you don't know.



Session 6: 2/22/2009 二零零九年二月二十二日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  • Do some homework every day. Parents: Please help your child/children with managing the time for homework. The chant memorization part of the homework can be done over a bowl of cereal or in the car. The flash cards for the character recognition contest can be placed strategically in the powder room.
  • On March 2nd we will have a culture class on Chinese musical instruments. Stay tuned!
  • We have to nail down a date for our speech contest... To be discussed this Sunday. Please tell the teacher whether you will do a slide show (as we had originally planned) or a series of memorized text (you are free to liven them up with karaoke sound tracks, props, or dance motions as long as your pronunciation is not impaired). Other options also possible.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • Whole class read text and chants together. Tongue loosening exercise.
  • Listening comprehension quiz on Go100 Lesson 7 dialogs and sentence patterns (money and shopping)
  • Continuing to check off students' reciting of memorized text from Go100 and Epen3 textbook.
  • Grammatical point on adjectives
    • 這個梨子很大 [zhe4 ge5 li2 zi5 hen3 da4] = this pear is very big
    • 很大的梨子 [hen3 da4 de5 li2 zi5] = very big pear <-- need to insert 的 before the noun which the adjective modifies.
    • 大的 [da4 de5] = the big one <-- the noun is implied.
  • We started Epen3 Lesson 4. The main text is about two brothers fighting for the little pear because both wanted to give the big one to the other.
    • We read through the text. Teacher gave the definition of the new words, and the students figured out meaning from their knowledge of the other words.
    • Played a game of Hulaballoo. It's helpful to know the words for some basic shapes and colors. The caller called out a shape or color and students jumped or walked their way to the target. Then the caller call out the winning phrase or word. Whoever is standing on it won a piece of Queen Anne's chocolate. We used the vocabulary in today's Lesson 4.
    • Stroke Order Mania: Workbook A-16. Students had to practice the 5 Hanzi and from memory write the characters with the correct stroke order.
  • Teacher read (in Mandarin) Once Upon a Potty. Students enjoyed it a little bit too much!
  • Snack was provided by the Jhun Yee. 很好吃的Chocolate Chip Cookies!

ABSENT: nobody

HANDOUTS:
  • Copy of all the chants in Go100 as well as texts from our textbook, Epen3. Leave this copy in your car or your powder room or at your breakfast table. It is meant to be reviewed when you have nothing else to do. Practice makes might.
  • Sheet that was used for the Hulabaloo game.

HOMEWORK:
  • Memorize chants and blocks of text -- continue to memorize the Go100 chants (Lessons 1 through 7) and any blocks of text in our Epen3 textbook up to Lesson 3.
  • [Go100 homework] Lesson 7 Sentence Quiz #1. Strive for 100% accuracy rather than speed.
  • Practice stroke order for the 5 new Hanzi from Epen3 Lesson 4.
    • 哥 [ge1] = big brother
    • 弟 [di4] = younger brother
    • 說 [shuo1] = say (Please write the strokes #8 and #9 like rabbit ears sticking up and out and not like the character 八)
    • 玩 [wan2] = play
    • 長 [chang2] = long. Important: alternative pronunciation [zhang3] means to grow.
  • Cut out all the flashcards from the three sheets that were handed out. At least twice a week, sort them into piles of know these and don't know these. Study the ones that you don't know.



Session 5: 2/15/2009 二零零九年二月十五日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  • Do some homework every day. Parents: Please help your child/children with managing the time for homework. The chant memorization part of the homework can be done over a bowl of cereal or in the car. The flash cards for the character recognition contest can be placed strategically in the powder room.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • Pinyin test: Definite improvement with most students.
    • zhong1 wen2 xue2 xiao4 (Chinese school)
    • gong1 xi3 fa1 cai2 (congrats and get rich -- New Year's greeting)
    • hong2 bao1 na2 lai2 (bring me red envelopes)
    • ni3 zai4 chang4 ge5 (you are singing)
  • Reciting text from memory: Many more checked off!
  • Played a basic version of the Magic Carrots. We have 15 carrots, and these carrots were awarded to those who can correctly translate the the sentence structures on Epen3 pages 24 and 25. Magic carrot was won by Jennifer.
  • Another game of Froggies and Lily Pads -- we had too many frogs and lily pads and the game design will have to be trimmed to be playable.

  • Go100 Lesson 7 Text Dialog -- important phrases for shopping and bargaining.
  • Snack was provided by the Snavely's. 謝謝!

ABSENT: Jhun Yee

HANDOUTS:
  • Print out of Go100 Lesson 7 dialog and sentence patterns.

HOMEWORK:
  • Memorize chants and blocks of text -- continue to memorize the Go100 chants (Lessons 1 through 7) and any blocks of text in our Epen3 textbook up to Lesson 3.
  • [Go100 homework] One more time: Go through the Lesson 7 chant, dialog, and sentence pattern. There will be a listening comprehension quiz next week.
  • Review Sentence Patterns from Epen pg 24-25. -- We studied them in class. Read these sentences on your own. You'll be expected to apply them in our Chinese conversations this coming week.
  • Cut out all the flashcards from the three sheets that were handed out. At least twice a week, sort them into piles of know these and don't know these. Study the ones that you don't know.



Session 4: 2/8/2009 二零零九年二月八日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  • Do some homework every day.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • One Minute of Chinese Conversation:
  • Pinyin test: We are continuing to push for pinyin spelling and tone differentiation. We quizzed and learned:
    • zhong1 wen2 xue2 xiao4 (Chinese school)
    • gong1 xi3 fa1 cai2 (congrats and get rich -- New Year's greeting)
    • hong2 bao1 na2 lai2 (bring me red envelopes)
  • Again reviewed all our questions words. (See list from 2/1/2009 writeup) Students have retained their memory!
  • Reciting text from memory: We still have two students who have not memorized any text for check off!
  • Studied the sentence structures on Epen3 pages 25.
    • 這裡(here) 有(have, are) 兩個梨子(2 pears),一個大(one big),一個小(one small)。
    • 你要(you want) 大的(big's, big one),還是(or) 小的(small's, small one)?我要(I want) 小的(small's)。
    • 為什麼(why) 不要(not want) 大的(big's, big one)?因為(because) 小的(small's) 甜(sweet),大的(big's) 不甜(not sweet)。
  • Went out to the playground to play Simon Says: 著 [zhe5] is inserted after a verb but before its object to turn it into a present participle -ing.
    • 走著 [zou3 zhe5] = walking,
    • 唱著歌 [chang4 zhe5 ge1] = singing,
    • 打著球 [da3 zhe5 qiu2] = hitting/playing ball,
    • 看著老師 [kan4 zhe5 lao3 shi1] = looking at the teacher
  • Brown bears fishing for Alaskan salmon before the fish get contaminated with toxic chemicals -- We were supposed to have a mini character recognition fishing contest (using vocabulary from the first 5 lessons of Go100), but Liu Laoshi could not find her magnetic fishing poles! So we all became brown bears and fished with our paws. There were quite a few fish that were too slippery to be caught.
  • Introduced the main text (chant) in Go100 Lesson 7.
    • 請問 [qing3 wen4] = please may I ask...
    • 那個 [na4 ge5] = that one
    • 多少錢 [duo1 shao3 qian2] = how much (money)?
    • 太 [tai4] = too
    • 太貴了 [tai4 gui4 le5] = too expensive
    • 不要 [bu2 yao4] = not want
    • 買 [mai3] = buy
    • 不要買 [bu2 yao4 mai3] = don't want to buy
    • 便宜 [pian2 yi2] = cheap, inexpensive
    • 一點 [yi4 dian3] = a little bit (also known as 1 o'clock)
    • 便宜一點 [pian2 yi2 yi4 dian3] = a little cheaper
    • 好不好 [hao3 bu4 hao3] = ok? good or not good?
    • 算 [suan4] = to count, calculate
    • 一共 [yi2 gong4] = in total, altogether
  • Snack was provided by the Snavely's. 謝謝!Please sign up for snacks if you haven't done so. See the email from Mary Lai.

ABSENT: no one

HANDOUTS:
  • Three sheets of flashcards for this year's character recognition contest. (More to come).

HOMEWORK:
  • Memorize chants and blocks of text -- continue to memorize the Go100 chants (Lessons 1 through 7) and any blocks of text in our Epen3 textbook up to Lesson 3. We still have two students who are not doing this very important homework.
  • [Go100 homework] Study (see above on the list of vocabulary) and memorize the chants for Go100 Lesson 7. The topic is on money and shopping. Also read on your own the sentences in Text-Dialog to prepare for what we'll learn next Sunday. Do Word-Drills.
  • Review Sentence Patterns from Epen pg 24-25. -- We studied them in class. Read these sentences on your own. You'll be expected to apply them in our Chinese conversations this coming week.
  • Cut out all the flashcards from the three sheets that were handed out. Start studying them.




Session 3: 2/1/2009 二零零九年二月一日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  • Look over your report card. Questions? Please call or email Liu Laoshi.
  • Do your homework.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • One Minute of Chinese Conversation: A few students resorted to just saying "ding1 dong1 ding1 dong1 ding1" to each other. A few others used part of the chants they have memorized for homework -- you've got the right idea!
  • Pinyin test: Gong1 xi3 fa1 cai2. Liu Laoshi said it out loud slowly, and the students transcribed the New Year's greetings. One student got the pinyin and the tones correct. Most students got the pinyin correct but the tones were wrong. We will continue to have these pop quizzes to transcribe what one hears.
  • We reviewed quickly the list of question words we have practiced with the game of Froggie from three weeks ago. And the students have remembered!!! Liu Laoshi was very happy. 什麼 [shen2 me5] = what? 為什麼 [wei4 shen2 me5] = why? 哪裡 [na3 li3] = where? 幾點 [ji3 dian3] = what time? 誰 [shei2] = who? 多少 [duo1 shao3] = how much? 幾個 [ji3 ge5] = how many? 幾塊錢 [ji3 kuai4 qian2] = how many dollars?
  • Reciting text from memory: 6 out of 9 students had memorized some textbook text or Go100 chants.
  • Studied the sentence structures on Epen3 pages 24 and 25. Read out loud these sentences from bottom of page 24 to the middle of page 25.
    • 你喜歡_A_還是_B_? (Do you like A or B?) _A_,_B_,我都喜歡。 (A or B, I like them all.)
    • 你要_A_,還是_B_? (Do you want A or B?) _A_和_B_,我都不要。我要_C_。 (A and B, I do not want. I want C.)
    • 他是在_actionA_,還是在_actionB_? (Is he A-ing or B-ing?) 我不知道。我們一起去看看吧。 (I don't know. Let's go together and see!)
      • 喜歡 = like
      • 都 = all
      • 要 = want
      • 我不知道 = I don't know.
      • 一起 = together
      • 去 = go
      • 看 = see
      • 我們一起去看看吧 = Let's go together to check it out.
  • Celebrated Pearl's birthday.
  • Culture class: Abacus.

ABSENT: no one

HANDOUTS:
  • Red envelopes
  • Report cards for Fall 2008

HOMEWORK:
  • Memorize chants and blocks of text -- This is very very important. In order to improve everybody's listening and speaking skills, Liu Laoshi is on a campaign to get everybody to memorize text. So far we have the chants from Lessons 1 through 6 in Go100. We also have main lesson texts from lessons 1 through 3 in our Epen3 textbook. Every week, each student is required to recite from memory two new chants or text. Even though there is monetary reward (CR$500 per piece per week), it is not an optional assignment. We also want to hone in on our awareness of the 4-plus-1 tones. Please practice with arm motions corresponding to the tone of each word. For effective memorization, please review it once a day. Print a copy and read it out loud in the car, on the school bus, at the kitchen table, etc.
  • [Go100 typing homework] Please do any Word or Sentence Drills in any lesson from 1 through 6. Pick the lesson that you are least sure of. Next week we'll also start Lesson 7. Word and Sentence Drills are more valuable right now than Sentence Quiz.
  • Review Sentence Patterns from Epen pg 24-25. -- We studied them in class. Read these sentences on your own. You'll be expected to apply them in our Chinese conversations this coming week.



No school on the eve of Chinese New Year: 1/25/2009 二零零九年一月二十五日



Session 2: 1/18/2009 二零零九年一月十八日

Field trip to the Delaware Art Museum for the Chinese New Year's Festival



Session 1: 1/11/2009 二零零九年一月十一日 [First Class of the Spring Semester]

VERY IMPORTANT:
  1. Welcome New Student -- Nathaniel Li (parents John and Leann).
  2. Field Trip to Delaware Art Museum this Sunday (1/18). The Chinese New Year Celebration activities start at 12 noon to 3:30 PM and it is free. There will be lots of activities like in the previous years. The highlight of the event is a kungfu puppet show called "Wu Song Kills a Tiger." Look up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Wu_Song for info on the background of the story. The show is 30 minutes long. Expect it to be loud and full of kungfu style action for the puppets. There are two puppet shows. One show is at 1:30pm and another is at 2:30pm. Our class is scheduled to go for the 2:30pm show and you should line up at 2:15pm. The crowd for the 1:30pm is expected to be big. If you need to attend the 1:30pm show, just let the teacher know. This is the direction to Delaware Art Museum: http://www.delart.org/ visit/directions.html.
  3. No school on 1/25 -- Chinese New Year is on Monday, January 26th. We will not have classes on New Year's Eve. Liu Laoshi is hosting a hot pot dinner at her house for the English Ministry Fellowship from the Wilimington Community Evangelical Church (known as the local Chinese church). Guests are welcome, but must RSVP and contribute some ingredients towards the hot pot 火鍋 [huo3 guo1].
  4. New emphasis on memorizing text -- The students in general are doing very well in pinyin spelling and in character recognition (largely due to everybody's effort with Go100). In order to achieve equal improvements in listening comprehension and in speaking abilities, we are going to start reciting blocks of text from memory. Text to be memorized includes all the chants from Go100 as well as the main texts of each lessons in our E-pen textbook. Feedback on this new initiative is always welcome.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • One Minute of Chinese Conversation: Students were asked to speak pure Mandarin for a minute with one another. A bit tongue tied for this first attempt. We will repeat this exercise every Sunday.
  • Game of Froggie -- to memorize 8 important question words that the students should have already learned: 什麼 [shen2 me5] = what? 為什麼 [wei4 shen2 me5] = why? 哪裡 [na3 li3] = where? 幾點 [ji3 dian3] = what time? 誰 [shei2] = who? 多少 [duo1 shao3] = how much? 幾個 [ji3 ge5] = how many? 幾塊錢 [ji3 kuai4 qian2] = how many dollars?
  • Only one student could recite the whole text from E-pen textbook Lesson 3 (p 21) 雨在窗外下著. So we took the time to practice.
  • Reconstruct the E-pen p21 text -- the text had been cut up into each individual Hanzi. We had teamwork to reconstruct the text. Sorry, Liu Laoshi had left out several critical Hanzi.
  • Quiz -- translate the text (chant) from Go100 Lesson 6. Everybody did well, but nobody knew the meaning of 一共 [yi2 gong4] = total, totally.

ABSENT: none

HANDOUTS:
  • .

HOMEWORK:
  • [Go100 Lesson 6: Word Drill and Sentence Drill] Please especially remember to learn the meaning and pinyin for 一共.
  • Jennifer and Lauren: Install your Pinyin CD and start using it.
  • Memorize the main text of Epen3 Lesson 3. (Epen3 page 21). Recite it from memory. Know the English translations.
  • Memorize any chant you want from Go100 Lessons 1 through 6. You will be paid CR$500 for every chant memorized without reading it from a piece of paper. You are allowed to earn $500 for the same chant for a total of 3 times spread over 3 separate Sundays. So far we have done 6 lessons. You can earn up to 3 Sundays x 6 chants x CR$500 = CR$ 9000. Teacher will keep a checklist. Don't forget to also know the meaning of the words in the text! You may take your time and spread this assignment out over several weeks.
  • Tip for the above memorization homework: copy or print out the text and paste it to somewhere that you will likely see several times a day (like your bathroom mirror). Memorize a little bit each time you see the paper. Don't forget to also learn the English translation.




Session 16: 1/4/2009 二零零九年一月四日 [Last Class of the Fall Semester]

VERY IMPORTANT:
  1. Speech Contest -- Speech contest has been postponed until sometime in March or April We are free to host it whenever we want. The actual date will depend on our progress in the preparation.
  2. We have rich students in class. -- The students have all been earning lots of classroom cash. If you have any items for auction please bring them in. I do not want anybody to go out to buy anything. If the parent contributes the item, the income will go back into the bank. If the student contributes the item, the student will keep the profit. If you have any other idea of how to give the students opportunities to spend their hard-earned cash, let Liu Laoshi know.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • Reviewed quick translations of the days of the week.
  • Review and learned: 今天 [jin1 tian1] = today; 昨天 [zuo2 tian1] = yesterday; 明天 [ming2 tian1] = tomorrow
  • Played Rabbit Ears in the gym: Vocabulary from the main text of Lesson 3 of E-pen3 textbook were used. Liu Laoshi called out phrases, and the students ran to tag the correct text taped on the wall of the gym.
  • Practiced writing the five new Hanzi in Epen3 Lesson 3: Stroke order is emphasized. 門 [men2] = door; 家 [jia1] = family/home; 雪 [xue3] = snow; 個 [ge5] = noun counter; 跟 [gen1] = wish
  • Previewed the main text of the Go100 Lesson 6. 請問你家幾個人? 爸爸,媽媽,哥哥,姊姊,弟弟,妹妹,還有我。我家一共有七個人。
  • We had Taiwanese snacks: 豬肉鬆 [zhu1 rou4 song1] = pork jerky; 可口奶滋 [ke3 kou3 nai3 zi1] = coconut crackers; 海苔煎餅 [hai3 tai1 jian1 bing3] = seaweed cookies.

ABSENT: Sisi Gwenith

HANDOUTS:
  • Bare version of 雨在窗外下著.

HOMEWORK:
  • [Go100 Lesson 6: Exercise - Sentence Quiz > Level 1] You will need to do Drill - Word Builder and Sentence Builder to learn your Lesson 6 vocabulary first.
  • Memorize and recite the main text of Epen3 Lesson 3. (Epen3 page 21).
  • Practice the stroke orders on the Hanzi that we did in class today (see above).
  • Speech contest: Liu Laoshi is working on some translations. We can set our own date for the speech contest.
  • Character Recognition contest: We have a character recognition contest coming up in late spring. We will have a new vocabulary list to add to our list last year. Remember our fishing contest? Please dig up your old study sheets and flashcards from last year and start looking at them.
  • Chinese Phrase Practices 請問: Please practice starting the questions you ask with 請問 [qing3 wen4] = please let me ask. 請問 precedes a question to grab the attention of the listener. For example, say "請問 (pause), may I have a cookie?" 請問 is a phrase usually used in questions to strangers. However, for practice, use it on anybody you know.





Session 15: 12/21/2008 二零零八年十二月二十一日

VERY IMPORTANT:

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS: Practiced stroke orders for characters from the E-pen book 1 and book 3 (up to lesson 2). Played another round of Battleship with vocabulary from E-pen3 lesson 3 main text.

ABSENT: Liu Laoshi, Sisi, Gwenith, Pearl, Leo, Michelle, JhunYee

HANDOUTS: none

HOMEWORK:
  • Just enjoy your holiday breaks. 祝大家 聖誕快樂 新年萬事如意。 Wish everybody a merry Christmas and a new year with everything going according to your wishes.
  • 祝 [zhu4] = wish
  • 大家 [da4 jia1] = big + family = everybody
  • 聖誕 [sheng4 dan4] = holy + birth = Christmas
  • 快樂 [kuai4 le4] = happy
  • 新年 [xin1 nian2] = new year
  • 萬事 [wan4 shi4] = ten-thousand matters = everything
  • 如意 [ru2 yi4] = as wished/planned



Session 14: 12/14/2008 二零零八年十二月十四日

VERY IMPORTANT:

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:

ABSENT: Nobody

HANDOUTS:
*

HOMEWORK:
*


Session 13: 12/7/2008 二零零八年十二月七日

VERY IMPORTANT:

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:

ABSENT: Nobody

HANDOUTS:
*

HOMEWORK:



Session 12: 11/23/2008 二零零八年十一月二十三日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  1. IQChinese's Pinyin CD -- The Pinyin CDs have arrived. For those who have ordered them, please remember to get your copy.
  2. We have rich students in class. -- The students have all been earning lots of classroom cash. If you have any items for auction please bring them in. I do not want anybody to go out to buy anything. If the parent contributes the item, the income will go back into the bank. If the student contributes the item, the student will keep the profit. If you have any other idea of how to give the students opportunities to spend their hard-earned cash, let Liu Laoshi know.
  3. Next week is Thanksgiving. No classes.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:

ABSENT: Nobody

HANDOUTS:
*

HOMEWORK:
  • Please just work on the powerpoint presentation for your speech. Please write out the speech content in English. Email it to the teacher, and wait for the Chinese translation.



Session 11: 11/16/2008 二零零八年十一月十六日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  1. IQChinese's Pinyin CD -- The Pinyin CDs have arrived. For those who have ordered them, please remember to get your copy.
  2. We have rich students in class. -- The students have all been earning lots of classroom cash. If you have any items for auction please bring them in. I do not want anybody to go out to buy anything. If the parent contributes the item, the income will go back into the bank. If the student contributes the item, the student will keep the profit. If you have any other idea of how to give the students opportunities to spend their hard-earned cash, let Liu Laoshi know.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • Students were amply rewarded CR$500 for their excellent scores in Go100 Lesson 3: sentence Quiz -Level 3. Keep it up!
  • Game: Grandma packed her suitcase to come to my house -- 外婆要來我家玩. We meant to have a quick round of this game, but it did get bogged down. One thing is clear: Stud ents still have trouble remembering to attach a classifier between the number and the noun. We'll get this sooner or later.
  • Bingo: We played two rounds. Liu Laoshi was just a tiny bit merciless in saying the Hanzi fast.
  • E-pen textbook Page 19: We went through the the text line by line with literal and idiomatic translation. 放假了,我要到台灣去玩。 We replaced 台灣 with other dream destinations. Students often forgot to use the preposition 到 [dao4] (arrive, to).
  • Mystery Words: The English word for lightbulb is a compound word with light and bulb. Knowing the words separately may help one guess what the meaning of the compound word could be. We guessed at a few compound words in Chinese: 電視 [dian4 shi4] = electric + vision = TV, 電扇 [dian4 shan4] = electric + fan, 電腦 [dian4 nao3] electric + brain = computer, 太空 [tai4 kong1] too + empty = outer space, 太空人 [tai4 kong1 ren2] = too + empty + person = astronaut. We'll munch over more mystery words during snack time next week.
  • Impress the Students: Liu Laoshi took the [Go100 Lesson 4: Sentence Quiz Level 1] and got the score of 38 accurate words per minute with 98% accuracy rate. Whoever can match the score will be awarded CR$10,000. Hint: It would be helpful to learn touch typing (typing without looking at the keyboard.)

ABSENT: Nobody

HANDOUTS:
  • New Version of Grandma's Packing Suitcase 外婆要來我家玩.

HOMEWORK:
  • [Go100 Lesson 4: Exercise - Sentence Quiz > Level 1] You will need to do Drill - Word Builder and Sentence Builder to learn your Lesson 4 vocabulary first. Lesson 4 is about different polite ways you can ask for somebody's name.
    請問 = please + ask = May I ask... 名字 = famous + word = name. 叫 = to be called. 姓 = family name 貴姓 = noble + family name. 貴姓大名 = noble + family_name + big + fame = the most polite way to ask for somebody's name.
  • Speech contest: Parents, please help your child come up with a cohesive train of thought for the speech. Please put your speech contest material in an electronic file. Preferably Powerpoint. If not, MS Word or something else. I only need the text right now. Do the captions in English and sprinkle in with Hanzi (type it in with pinyin and convert them to Hanzi that you have in mind.) Email them to me as you go along. I will start doing the translations and email the file back to you. Do not print out any hard copy to hand in in class.
  • Turn to Page 19 of the E-pen textbook. Write or type out all the sentences line by line. If you choose, you may substitute Taiwan for other destinations of choice. It doesn't have to be a place name; it can be "your home" 我家 or 我的家. Chinese School is called 中文學校 [zhong1 wen2 xue2 xiao4]. Please also translate the text line by line. Either literal or idiomatic translation is acceptable.
  • Please count all the classroom money that you have and complete the sentence

我 很 有 錢。 [wo3 hen3 you3 qian2] = I am very rich. 我 有 xxx 塊 錢 [wo3 you3 xxx kuai4 qian2] = I have $xxx.




Session 10: 11/09/2008 二零零八年十一月九日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  1. Purchase orders for IQChinese's Pinyin CD -- I have two firm orders for the CD. Anybody else interested must give me an email by end of Wednesday. This is a great product not just for learning pinyin but for producing and recognizing accurate tone and consonant sounds. We have to put in the order by 11/15/08 to secure the $20/CD price. There will be an additional $1 or $2 for shipping. After you become very proficient with the content, you can always "sell" your CD and license to somebody else in the school. It will be very good to really graft permanently on a pair of Mandarin ears with this CD.
  2. DVD of Chinese fonts for your PC. -- Please see me next Sunday if you haven't already received your copy. Don't need to pay the teacher anything for this.
  3. We have rich students in class. -- The students have all been earning lots of classroom cash. If you have any items for auction please bring them in. I do not want anybody to go out to buy anything. If the parent contributes the item, the income will go back into the bank. If the student contributes the item, the student will keep the profit. If you have any other idea of how to give the students opportunities to spend their hard-earned cash, let Liu Laoshi know.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • We compared the scores people got from their homework from Go100 Lesson 3: sentence Quiz -Level 3. This was a hard homework because it really required the ears to be sharp and the knowledge of the vocabulary to be firm. The purpose of comparing the individual scores was not to make anybody look bad but to help the students see what can be accomplished with what strategy. According to one student: "Level 3 was hard so I had to do Levels 1 and 2 first."
  • Game: Grandma packed her suitcase to come to my house -- 外婆要來我家玩. See homework below for what exactly the class had the grandma pack. We also used the words 高興 [gao1 xing4] = happy. 不高興 [bu4 gao1 xing4] = not happy. Five students were not happy with what 外婆 had packed. Two voted 高興.
  • With the help of Google Earth, we invited ourselves to each other's house for play date: Q: 我可不可以去你家玩? (May I go to your house to play) A: 可以 (you may). Q: 你家在哪裡?(Where is your house) A: 我家在。。。(My house is at...)
  • We did have difficulty with rolling out the bingo game because the students did not have completed boards. Please see homework instructions below. We will try to do the bingo next week.

ABSENT: Michelle

HANDOUTS:
  • A DVD with lots of Chinese Fonts for your PC.

HOMEWORK:
  • [Go100 Lesson 3: Exercise - Sentence Quiz > Level 3] This is an exercise in ear training. Click on the speaker symbol if you need to hear the phrases again. Do the level1 and level2 in the Sentence Quiz if you need to practice. Please print out the summary report and the Detailed Report after you have completed the audio quiz. You are welcome to try the audio quiz several times to improve your score. CR$500 for the top 3 scorers for Accurate Words Per Minute. CR$200 for all who finished this exercise.
  • Please start to put your speech contest material in an electronic file. Preferably Powerpoint. If not, MS Word or something else. I only need the text right now. Do the captions in English and sprinkle in with Hanzi (type it in with pinyin and convert them to Hanzi that you have in mind.) Email them to me as you go along. I will edit them and email the file back to you. Do not print out any hard copy to hand in in class. I have too many loose pieces of paper in my Chinese suitcase!
  • Follow up on the game 外婆要來我家玩: Please write out (or type and printout) in Chinese: "Grandma wants to come to my house to play. She will bring 1 flower, 8 umbrellas, 100 snacks, 5 leafy veggies, 7 boxes of chocolate, 1000 cats, 152 candies, and 1002 watermelons." The whole class contributed to this massive packing list. Liu Laoshi was only responsible for one little flower. Please add illustrations to your text.
  • Please put your bingo board in order. These are the Hanzi on the list:
  • 外 婆 雨 買 了 用 哇 花 瓜 上 我 家 水 果 地 方 青 菜 點 去 本 天 市 場 (24 squares)




Session 9: 11/02/2008 二零零八年十一月二日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  1. Get your PC set up for Chinese input (bring in your laptop to class to receive technical help.)
  2. Establish your speech contest theme and preliminary plan.
  3. Tell Liu Laoshi if you want to purchase IQChinese's Pinyin CD. This is a great product not just for learning pinyin but for producing and recognizing accurate tone and consonant sounds. We have to put in the order by 11/15/08 to secure the $20/CD price. There will be an additional $1 or $2 for shipping. After you become very proficient with the content, you can always "sell" your CD and license to somebody else in the school. It will be very good to really graft permanently on a pair of Mandarin ears with this CD.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • U-Theater (drumming/kungfu/dance) performance in Longwood Gardens.

ABSENT: Michelle

HANDOUTS:
  • none.

HOMEWORK:
  • Please turn in (or email in) outline of your speech for the speech contest. Include any Hanzi that you plan to use. We want the speech writing to be done by early December.
  • [Go100 Lesson 2: Exercise - Sentence Quiz > Level 3] This is an exercise in ear training. Click on the speaker symbol if you need to hear the phrases again. Do the level1 and level2 in the Sentence Quiz if you need to practice. Please print out the summary report and the Detailed Report after you have completed the audio quiz. You are welcome to try the audio quiz several times to improve your score. CR$400 for the top 3 scorers for Accuracy Rate. Additional CR$100 for the top scorer in Accurate Spelling per Minute. CR$100 for all who finished this exercise.



Session 8: 10/26/2008 二零零八年十月二十六日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  1. Get your PC set up for Chinese input.
  2. Establish your speech contest theme and preliminary plan.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • Workbooks page A-6.
  • Setup Bingo cards with Hanzi from page A-6, A-2, and from E-pen Level1 Hanzi (handed out in September)
  • Parent-teacher conference: Everybody has been alerted on the requirement and plans for the speech contest in January.

ABSENT: Our Homeroom Mom

HANDOUTS:
  • The Chinese text with its literal and idiomatic translations of powerpoint presentation 螃蟹找朋友 (crab looks for dog) Doing the literal and idiomatic translations was homework from last week.

HOMEWORK:
  • Start planning on your speech contest. Look over all the Chinese that you had ever learned, this includes materials from the E-pen textbook, from IQchinese Go100, from Muzzy, from all the lessons previous years. Come up with an outline (in English) on your speech. Start searching for supporting materials, i.e. photographs. Please present to teacher your initial ideas.



Session 7: 10/19/2008 二零零八年十月十九日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  1. Parent conference is this coming Sunday on 10/26/08 for 2nd and 3rd period. I will put up a schedule sign-up sheet on Sunday when you drop off your child.
  2. Every student should be thinking about his/her speech contest. Parents: please help your child pull a reasonable set of vocabulary together that can support your speech. Look over all the materials from IQchinese, from our E-pen textbook, from last year's handouts and character recognition contest, etc. Try to stick to vocabulary that the student has already learned or been exposed to. Write your outline or speech in English. You are encouraged to use the Parent-Teacher conference time to discuss the content of your speech.
  3. Please bring in checks or cash for your tickets to the U-Theater. Tickets will be distributed during Parent-Teacher conference.
  4. Get your PC set up for Chinese input.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • We read out loud the main text (page 13) from our E-pen Chinese textbook.
  • We learned how to ask to go to each others' house. 我可不可以去你家?
  • Go100 Lesson 4 is focused on different ways to ask for somebody's name. We introduced the difference between 姓 (used when asking for the family name) and 名字 (specifying the given name).
  • 老師 gave a Powerpoint presentation of the crab looking for his 朋友 (friend) the 狗 (dog). She will take the time to come up with similar slides to train the students to recognize characters and "read". This is character recognition in context.
  • We played a basic round of Mahjongg with cards severely rigged by our very own Mahjongg Expert (a.k.a. homeroom mom). The goal was to say 碰 [peng4] and 吃 [chi1] and assemble the triplets (series or identical cards) and the double (eye).

ABSENT: Jh.-Y.

HANDOUTS:
  • none.

HOMEWORK:
  • Start planning on your speech contest. Look over all the Chinese that you had ever learned, this includes materials from the E-pen textbook, from IQchinese Go100, from Muzzy, from all the lessons previous years. Come up with an outline (in English) on your speech. Start searching for supporting materials, i.e. photographs. Please present to teacher your initial ideas. A good time to present is at the Parent-Teacher conference on 10/26.
  • Go100 Lesson 4 : [Drill - Word Builder] Remember the difference between 姓 (used when asking for the family name) and 名字 (specifying the given name).
  • Give literal translation into English (word for word translation) of the text in the powerpoint presentation Crab Looking for His Friend the Dog.
  • Give idiomatic translation into English (make the literal translation sound more like natural English) of the same text.



Session 6: 10/12/2008 二零零八年十月十二日

VERY IMPORTANT:
  1. We are going to Longwood Gardens for the U Theater on 11/2/08.
  2. Students will be rewarded for doing extra credits. Note: homework must be completed before student-initiated extra credits are to be rewarded.
  3. Culture topics that the students had selected for themselves on 9/14 are considered extra credits. CR$ will be awarded based on the quality and depth of the presentation (story book, comics, diorama, games, Powerpoint, puppet shows, etc. Sky is the limit on creativity!) Please notify teacher when you have something ready for presentation.
  4. Do not hesitate to practice any un-assigned exercises in the IQchinese Go100 lessons. Parents: feel free to reward your own kids for spending time doing this. It would be also fun to have them "teach it" to you.
  5. Speech Contest announced:
  • Contest is in-class only.
  • Contest to be held in mid-January 2009
  • Speech is limited to 3 minutes. Penalties will be given for going over the time limit.
  • Students are free to choose his/her own topic.
  • Students are encouraged to use vocabulary that have already been introduced or learned.
  • Content of the speech does not have to be factual.

CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS:
  • We started discussing details of the speech contest in January.
  • Reading and conversational skill using a list of some basic questions and answers. This list was compiled from Go100 Lessons 2 and 3.
  • We played darts. Those who could read the sentences in Go100 Lesson 3 [Drill - Sentence Patterns] were given 3 chances at throwing the "dart". Score registered based on best-of-3. Since winning is also strongly based on the dart throwing, nevertheless, one gets a pretty good idea how well the students have absorbed the material.
  • Liu Laoshi gave a "speech" using a Powerpoint presentation of her family. 我的家人. The content of the speech was not entirely factual, but it was entertaining. This was used to illustrate how one can use the vocabulary we have already learned to build a reasonable presentation for the speech contest. It also shows that typing in pinyin is a useful skill.

ABSENT: nobody

HANDOUTS:
  • List of Questions and Answers from Go100 Lesson 2 and Lesson 3.

HOMEWORK:
  • Start planning on your speech contest. Look over all the Chinese that you had ever learned, this includes materials from the E-pen textbook, from IQchinese Go100, from Muzzy, from all the lessons previous years. Come up with an outline (in English or Chinese) on your speech. Start searching for supporting materials, i.e. photographs. Please present to teacher your initial ideas.
  • E-pen Lesson 2 pg 13: Practice reading the text on page 13. Then use the handout from 10/5 to read the text without help from pinyin.
  • Go100 Lesson 3 : [Drill - Sentence Builder] We did this in class today when we were playing the dart game. Please repeat the exercise on your own.
  • Go100 Lesson 3 : [Exercise - Teacher's Assignment] (see below)
  1. Type out these numbers in Chinese: 42, 955, 837, 61.
  2. Type this out and also the appropriate response (hint: use the handout from this Sunday).
    a) 你好嗎?
    b) 請
  3. c)大家早
  4. d) 謝謝你們
  5. e) 對不起
  6. f) 她好不好?
  7. g) 對不對?
  8. h) 你家大嗎?
  • Print it out, write your name on top, and hand in to teacher for CR$300. (You do not need to print out the other parts of the homework. Just the Teacher's Assignment page. If you are really keen on printing out the art border, please go to any lesson in Go200 or Go300 or Go400 and use the Teacher's Assignment page there.)



VERY IMPORTANT:
    1. We are still waiting on the publisher's words for the one bug we've found -- the art borders in Teacher's Assignment cannot be printed.
    2. Students will be rewarded for doing extra credits. Note: homework must be completed before student-initiated extra credits are to be rewarded.
    3. Culture topics that the students had selected for themselves on 9/14 are considered extra credits. CR$ will be awarded based on the quality and depth of the presentation (story book, comics, diorama, games, Powerpoint, puppet shows, etc. Sky is the limit on creativity!) Please notify teacher when you have something ready for presentation.

    • J.Y. presented his culture project on chopsticks. Good job!
    • Completed E-pen workbook A page A-2 and A-3
    • Played memory using Mahjong cards.

    • E-pen textbook Lesson 2 page 13 text without pinyin/zhuin.

    • E-pen Lesson 2 pg 13: Use the dictionary on the back, write in (with pencil only!) the definition of the various vocabulary on this text in the textbook. The textbook is yours to take notes in. You are welcome to look at the translation of this text on page 17.
    • Go100 Lesson 3 : [Text - chant] study it by repeating the words and use mouse-over to learn the pinyin.
    • Go100 Lesson 3 : [Text - dialog] study it by repeating the phrases and learn their meanings.
    • Go100 Lesson 3 : [Text - sentence pattern] study it by repeating the phrases and learn their meanings.
    • Go100 Lesson 3 : [Drill - Word Builder] do this exercise.
    • Go100 Lesson 3 : [Exercise - Teacher's Assignment] (see below)
    1. Type out these numbers in Chinese: 365, 28, 497, 123.
    2. Translate and type this out in Chinese:
      a) How are you? I am very well. [You good? I very good.]
      b) Good morning, everybody. [Big family early]
      c) Good-bye! [Again see]
      d) Thank you [Thank thank you]
      e) Please
      f) You are welcome [no need/use thank]
      g) Correct not correct?
      h) Not good.
      i) Very good.
    3. Print it out, write your name on top, and hand in to teacher for CR$300. (You do not need to print out the other parts of the homework. Just the Teacher's Assignment page.)




VERY IMPORTANT:
    1. Our class will likely go to Longwood Gardens on 11/2 for the U-Theater performance. We have 6 positive votes so far.
    2. Thank you everybody for installing Go100 on your PCs. We are still waiting on the publisher's words for the one bug we've found -- the art borders in Teacher's Assignment cannot be printed.
    3. Students will be rewarded for doing extra credits. Note: homework must be completed before student-initiated extra credits are to be rewarded.
    4. Culture topics that the students had selected for themselves on 9/14 are considered extra credits. CR$ will be awarded based on the quality and depth of the presentation (story book, comics, diorama, games, Powerpoint, puppet shows, etc. Sky is the limit on creativity!) Please notify teacher when you have something ready for presentation.

    • Abacus Culture Class during 2nd period -- we learned to add up to the thousands.
    • pinyin review: x, q, r, z, zh, s, sh, d -- students supplied the words that they know with these beginning letter sounds.
    • Go100 Lesson 2 text -- which words do you recognize from your knowledge of Chinese?
    • Make-your-own English sentences with 哎呀. Students have perfect mastery of this Chinese expression.
    • Pinyin Game show -- we had four judges and four contestants battling for the correct pinyin spelling of words from Go100 Lesson 1 and from E-pen Lesson1 pg 5.

    • printout of Go100 Lesson 2 chant text.

    • Use 哎呀 in your daily conversations. Teach it to your friends and family.
    • E-pen Lesson 1 pg 7: Study page 5 and 7 so that you would be able to read them without zhuin or pinyin help. In class you will be asked to construct English sentences using various vocabulary on these pages.
    • Go100 Lesson 2 : [Text - chant] study it by repeating the words and use mouse-over to learn the pinyin.
    • Go100 Lesson 2 : [Text - dialog] study it by repeating the phrases and learn their meanings.
    • Go100 Lesson 2: [Drill - Word Builder] do this exercise.
    • Go100 Lesson 2 : [Exercise - Teacher's Assignment] 1) Type out these numbers in Chinese: 98, 352, 47, 160. 2) Type out the entire Lesson 2 chant text. Hint, use the handout in class. 3) Print it out, write your name on top, and hand in to teacher for CR$300 ($100 for the numbers and $200 for the chant text.



VERY IMPORTANT:
    1. We as a class still have to decide whether our class will go to Longwood Gardens on 11/2 for the U-Theater performance. You may email me or talk to me next Sunday. For info see bottom of our classroom homepage.
    2. You must install IQchinese Go100 in your computer. Homework is assigned out of lesson 1.

    • Armadillo Q&A: 五十塊錢。 他很有錢嗎?Etc. Next week I'll start having the students take notes.
    • Introduced Textbook p.9 as a skit to the students. First round, students were asked to watch the entire skit in Mandarin and interpret the story. On the second round, the students listened to the skit line by line and were asked to translate.
    • We created crazy sentences in English with 害我 embedded in them. For example, "XXX pooped all over the computer, 害我 cannot play on the computer."
    • We ran out of 一百元 bills to hand out. Students were not as motivated without getting paid. :-(
    • In-class Mahjong: Thanks to homeroom mom, Snavely 太太, we handled real Mahjong tiles (well they were not made of ivory or bamboo) and were introduced to the name of the tiles.

    • IQchinese Go100, Go200, Go300, Go400 CD-ROMs. $52 if you have not already paid the teacher.
    • E-pen Chinese3 textbook pg 9 without zhuin/pinyin

    • Hanzi packet handed out on 9/7/08: Please learn the han4zi4 on pages 1 through 4. Test this week. You will be tested on the correct stroke order, the meaning of each Han4zi4 and the pronunciation. Based on how well you do, you will be paid either CR$0, CR$50, or CR$100.
    • Go100 Lesson 1 : Drill - Word Builder
    • Go100 Lesson 1 : Exercise - Word Game
    • Go100 Lesson 1 : Exercise - Teacher's Assignment [Type out 一 二 三 四 五 六 七 八 九 十 百 兩. Print it out and hand in to teacher.] Student will be paid CR$200 for this part of the assignment.



VERY IMPORTANT:
    1. Please all help out with moving the classroom furniture! We use the folding chairs with desks for our class. These chairs/desks are available on a wooden rack in the hallways. It is your responsibility to move your desk in and out of the classroom.
    2. You must give your input on whether our class should go to Longwood Gardens on 11/2 for the U-Theater performance. You may email me or talk to me next Sunday. For info see bottom of our classroom homepage.
    3. A word about the pinyin in your textbook: Most of the time pinyin is printed in RED. However, sometimes an alternative is given in GREEN. We always want to use the GREEN if the GREEN version exists. Simply take a pencil and cross out the RED one. Our class, as well as our school and most computers in the world, uses Hanyu pinyin.

    • Armadillo Q&A: 你叫什麼名字? (By what name are you called) 你是誰?(Who are you?) 你有沒有一隻貓?(Do you have a cat?) 它叫什麼名字?(What is it called?) 你是從哪裡來的?(What are you from?)
    • Pop a balloon: 哎呀,氣球壞了。 (Oh no, the balloon is broken/popped.)
    • Student recited text from textbook pg 5. (reward CR$100)
    • Draw self-portraits and had the pictures around a "dining table with a crab as the centerpiece". The crab went around the table: 左邊 (left),右邊 (right),中間 (middle).
    • Introduced vocabulary from textbook pg 7: 房子 (house),狗 (dog),貓 (cat),老鼠 (mouse)。 上面 (top),下面 (bottom),外面 (outside),裡面 (inside)。

    • class directory
    • E-pen Chinese3 textbook pg 7 without zhuin/pinyin

    • Hanzi packet handed out on 9/7/08: Please learn the hanzi on page 4. Note: Info for the Hanzi on this page: 巴 [ba1] 叫 [jiao4]= call/called; 也 [ye3] = also; 手 [shou3] = hand; 不 [bu2/bu4] = not. You will be tested on the correct stroke order, the definition of the Hanzi (except for 巴), and the pinyin. During the test you will be shown the Hanzi to recognize and to write. Correct stroke order is extremely important in this exercise.
    • Study the text on our textbook page 7. You will be expected to read it with correct pronunciation. Pay attention to the tones: many students this week have had trouble with the third tone. If it helps think the exaggerated English "well?" Fourth tone would be "Well!"
    • Study the pinyin on our textbook page 5. You will be expected to write them out line by line next Sunday. I will read them out loud first.



VERY IMPORTANT:
    1. Please all help out with moving the classroom furniture! We use the folding chairs with desks for our class. These chairs/desks are available on a wooden rack in the hallways. It is your responsibility to move your desk in and out of the classroom.
    2. Each student has already received the E-pen Textbook and Workbooks A and B.
    3. You must give your input on whether our class should go to Longwood Gardens on 11/2 for the U-Theater performance. You may email me or talk to me next Sunday. For info see bottom of our classroom homepage.

    • CR$ are the carrot sticks to motivate students to learn.
    • CR$ come in denominations of $50, $100, $500, and $1000.
    • With effort, each student will have plenty of opportunity to get rich.
    • With their wealth, they will be able to bid on prizes each week during snack time.
    • Student may also buy our lottery ticket to win the classroom jackpot (value varies depending on the number of lottery tickets sold).
    • Students may contribute prizes to the school. The student earns whatever the value the item is auctioned for.
    • Doing homework will greatly increase the chance of earning CR$.

    • E-pen Chinese3 textbook pg 5 text without zhuin/pinyin
    • E-pen Chinese3 textbook, Workbook A, Workbook B
    • Hanzi packet from E-pen Chinese Level1 workbook A.
    • List of Manjohng Hanzi

    1. Study the text on page 5 of our new E-pen Chinese 3 textbook. Study the pronunciation using Zhuin/pinyin or Epen3 pg5-3x.MP3 and the meaning of the individual characters (refer to page 69 of the textbook). I have given everybody a page with the same text but stripped of all zhuin and pinyin. Next Sunday whoever can read the text with correct pronunciation will be awarded CR$100 (classroom money). Whoever can translate the text (either for individual Hanzi or phrases) will be awarded another CR$100.
    2. Each Student has been handed out a packet. These are pages from E-pen Chinese Level 1 workbooks. With these sheets we will breeze through the Level 1 vocabulary. Please complete the first three pages for this week. Correct stroke order is extremely important!!! But note that there is a typo on the stroke order for 六 (six). The top dot should come before the horizontal "heng". Please refer to page 64 of Bjorksten's Learn to Write Chinese Characters that we had used last year. Expect some CR$ one way or another on your knowledge of these Hanzi [pinyin, definition, and the correct stroke orders]. These are the pinyin and definitions for the Hanzi on page 3: 早 [zao3] = early; 好 [hao3] = good; 來 [lai2] = come; 去 [qyu4/qv4] = go; 同 [tong2] = same.