Students are learning Chinese through a variety of ways across the school, including stories, songs, diary writing and Chinese culture-related activities.
Our Nursery children finished their unit of all about me. Now we are learning food. They are encouraged to cherish food and eat more vegetables. Reception students learned the story of a grain of rice. The famous poem-Sympathy for the peasants was introduced in the learning.
Year 1 and Year 2 are busy practicing Chinese strokes and basic characters, expanding unit vocabulary through songs. Year 3 to Year 6 native students are using the language to write a diary, poem and essays. Katherine in Year 3 write the most, up to 25 diaries within three weeks and Matthew and Winnie in Year 3 also wrote the best quality diaries in the Year 3 native class. The native Year 4 students had a recital contest in praise of Autumn. Annabel and Birtin in Year 4 were awarded the best reader.
In Secondary, students in acquisition classes are working hard to improve their speaking and writing. Kenzo in Year 7 and Michael in Year 9 are nominated for the MYP learner profile awards and Positive Behavior certificates in Chinese classes. Students in literature classes are learning the characteristics of prose and how to appreciate poems. DP students are working on symbols of good luck in traditional Chinese culture.
In Parents meeting – with Chinese Language Teachers, it has been wonderful this week to meet so many parents from Nursery to Secondary. Chinese teachers received a lot of great feedback from parents. Parents expressed their thanks for the great effort Chinese teachers have put in their children’s Chinese learning. They often heard their children chanting the Chinese poems and singing the Chinese songs and Children like to spend more time in Chinese reading and writing. Parents felt satisfied with the progress their children made and the ways that Chinese are taught through songs, games and stories for new to the language students and the wordlist, diary, reading and situational tasks for those more advanced students.
It is valuable at this special moment to have a face to face chance for all teachers to meet with parents. We communicated with the parents directly about the students’ strength and the aspects that need to improve. We also patiently gave the specific suggestions about how parents can support their children’s Chinese learning at home. Links of useful video and songs and the Chinese learning Apps are recommended for non-native parents and book names or articles of practicing Chinese characters and diary, essays are offered to native parents.