Hello,everyone.I’m very happy you enjoy reading this blog.
I am a volunteer Chinese language to American by Hanban. I have been here less than two months . I will teach Chinese in the Westside elementary school for a year.
My major is teaching Chinese as a second language. Now I’m pursuing my master degree in Nanjing University. I spent half a year teaching Chinese in a middle school, which was just wonderful for my teaching experience.
In fact, This is my first time to teach American kids Chinese.Frankly, if I say I don’t to feel nervous ,it must be untrue. Looking forward for the first class has been mixed with anxiousness, it come as expected.
It is just a normal start with my introduction with my partner.”Where are I from;What’s your hometown famous for:How many people are in my family.” My hometown is famous for the Yellow River, Shaolin Temple,and Longmen Grottoes, which with its unique historical charm and strong cultural contents, which kindle the curiosity of children.Then we taught children the most common greeting–“nihao”(Hello).To my surprise, the kids’ pronunciation of “nihao” is so accurate and authentic. Two weeks latter,all school students have learnt “nihao” from Chinese class.I’m very glad to hear the morning greeting “nihao” instead of “Hello or Good morning”from kids.I enjoy the hugs that children give me.I’m happy that I and students have already made a good start.You know,before that, the children thought we were taught Japanese or Spanish and even greeted us with “こんにちは” or“hola”.
The first festival is Mid-autumn festival in the Strong Land, which is a traditional Chinese holiday.We want to share this festival culture with kids.I believe that cultural activities can open the children’s eyes to new world.Given that the children of the first grade and the second grade is so young.We decided to teach the lesson only for the fourth and the fifth grade.We try to let the children draw some pictures for the moon festival based on the clues.Such as “Ten suns rose to the sky at the same time”;”As soon as Cheng-E drank the elixir, she flew out the window ascending towards the moon”.But after class, we found it’s difficult for children to draw some pictures for it.So in the next class, we printed some sketch for children to color.
Finally,we collected the works of the children and put them on the wall.Now they are still on the hallway’s wall，telling the legend of Mid-autumn Festival.