2011年8月13日下午一点至三点，塔省中文学校在New Town Ogilivie女中成功举办了一次寓教于乐的汉语实践“跳蚤小市场”活动。总共约有八十多名学生和家长参加了这次活动。活动目的在于为学习中文的学生提供生活买卖的日常用语实践平台、促进亲子交流。中文学校在活动中设立了食品、书籍、玩具、等几个买卖摊位和专门的游戏场地。
Teach through lively activity
Tasmania Chinese School ‘Little Flee Market’ Report
‘Little Flee Market’ was successfully held by Tasmania Chinese School in order to teach Chinese through lively activity at New Town Ogilvie High School from one o’clock to three o’clock on 13th, August, 2011. More than eighty students and their parents took part in the activity. The activity is organized in order to give students an opportunity to practice the frequently used dialogue when they do shopping if they were in China; meanwhile it’s for letting students and their parents play games together and become more close to each other. In this activity, the school set up several stalls such as food stall, book stall and toy stall and a special game playground.
While the students were buying goods, both parents and teachers would encourage them and guide them to bargain in Chinese. The bargain process in Chinese will help students to know more about Chinese culture and meanwhile it was a good practice and preparation opportunity if they go to China for travelling, working or studying in the future. On the day, lots of students even brought the teaching material with bargain dialogue in Chinese on it in case they forgot the sentences. Photos of the activity is attached, you’ll see what a lively activity it is through the photos.
In order to let our students know more about life in China and Chinese culture, Tasmania Chinese School printed a sample of Chinese currency, Ren Min Bi, to let students use in the activity, so the unit of the transactions was Yuan and Jiao instead of Dollars and Cents.
Furthermore, the games were also attractive to students and their parents. In the game of three legs race, the leg of a parent was tied with the leg of his child, so through the activity, parents and their kids may become closer by racing together. Another game of ‘match vocabularies with pictures’ was also popular among students and their parents. Students had to pick up the right vocabularies card with Chinese characters and stuck them under the right picture in a limited time. The game is a good way to try to enhance kid’s memory of the Chinese vocabularies they’ve learned in class. Every student who anticipates in the game was rewarded with a prize from Tasmania Chinese School.
In the activity, many warm-hearted and kind parents donated beautiful and yum snacks and cupcakes for the school, and many students also donated their toys, books and stationary. All these donations made the stalls more lively and interesting, which was highly appreciated by the Tasmania Chinese School.
Tasmania Chinese school website training workshop report
In the age of internet and technology, in order to offer better service for our students and make things easier for their parents, Tasmania Chinese School set up its own website last year. Meanwhile, in order to guide parents to make full use of our school website and enhance the communication between parents and teachers, our school held a demonstration for the parents on 7th, May, 2011.
The workshop was demonstrated by Miss Han, who had taken part in the design of the school website, and it was held to introduce the function of the school website. First of all, parents can find most of the important information on the homepage, including mandarin classes introduction, school fee policy and school annual report. In addition, the history of our school and teachers’ introduction and background information are listed under relevant sections.
With the important information known, if you decide to come to our school or your kids would like to come, then the next step you need to do is to enroll. Our school website realized the online enroll function now, when you submit the required information online, the information would be sent to the principal through e-mail instantly. Then based on the information you have provided, the principal would choose the best class which would suit you or your kids and get the learning materials ready for use.
Later on, when you or your kids start to learn mandarin in our school, the school teachers would post the unit outline, teaching schedule and class activities of each week on the website, including the homework. Therefore, as long as you open our school website, you will find the information such as what the kids are learning in Chinese school and what is their homework are all there. Our school hopes that through the online posting function, we can let parents know better about what the kids are learning in our school so that parents can help the kinds study mandarin at home as well.
What we have found is that if you want to learn Mandarin well, the only two hours’ study in Chinese school is not enough; what’s more important is to cultivate kids’ interest to learn mandarin and Chinese culture. We hope to work together with parents to cultivate kids’ interest to learn mandarin, once they have the interest, the day when they can speak mandarin well will be not far away.
What worth mentioning is that if parents have any feedback or advice, you can submit this information online or leave a comment on the website. Your advice and feedback will be treated seriously and highly appreciated. In addition, on the school website, there is a special section called student playground for kids learning drawing in our school. If you click the playground, a marvelous world will be in front of you. The world is full of beautiful colors and imagination. Kids are drawing the beauty in their eyes with their little hands. If you have time, dear parents, why not come to our school website, one of your kids’ masterpiece might be there.
Finally, many thanks go to the parents for your support. It is your support that is encouraging our school to become better and better. We believe that with the hard work of the principal, all the teachers and parents together, our school will become the happy garden for kids to learn Mandarin.
No matter whether a business is large or small, bargaining is one important characteristic of transactions in China. There are full of wisdom and fun. Buyers and sellers have their own bottom lines and the goal of bargaining is win-win. Sellers want to sell the goods at the prices over their bottom lines and they always prepare room for the offers of buyers while buyers want to buy goods at the prices under their bottom lines and are always ready to argue on the prices. In fact, bargaining never fails to fascinate people and it can cultivate eloquence, broaden thinking and develop life skills.
Recently, our Chinese school held a “bargaining” activity. The passion of the students engaging with this activity indicated their interest in this culture. They used the language as they learned from the teachers. They learned a lot of common words and terms of bargaining as well as gained something materially. Some sold their second hand stuff at very good price, and others bought something they desired for only several cents. Of course, there were also students who got a loss in their “business”. They need to learn more!
In this activity, our school provided a lot of “goods” and “money” for students to practise bargaining. Even the students of Grade one were attracted by the activity and felt so hard but so much fun to negotiate in Chinese.
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