July 18

East meets west: Chinese your way (July 18th)

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Day 10 was a wrap to the program.  It has been a great two weeks.  The students were all patient and willing to learn.  Hopefully we have all got a different take on culture and how we play into it.  Thank you all.  All the best for the upcoming school years. Continue reading

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July 17

East meets west: Chinese your way (July 17th)

Day 9 students learned the four seasons and what season they were born in.  Practiced Chinese painting on   second piece of fabric and when they were ready began to paint the drawings onto the fabric bag.  Students were then asked to think of a Chinese word that they would like to write on the back or front of the bag.
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July 16

East meets west: Chinese your way (July 16th)

Day 8 greetings. We began by brainstorming Chinese words that the students would like to have put on the back of their bags. We then completed the Chinese dragonfly made using two pieces of string. Students continued to practice the Chinese painting that they would like to have put on their fabric bags tomorrow.
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July 15

East meets west: Chinese your way (July 15th)

Day 7 greetings.  Mounted the Chinese painting and finished designing the puppets.  Chinese discussion on dreams and likes.  What sports students like and what they dream to be when they grow up.  Began the project on the fabric bag which will include a painting of either a snake, dragon or bunny.
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July 14

East meets west: Chinese your way (July 14th)

Day 6 of teaching we started off with mounting the final Chinese paintings onto a piece of paper.  We then introduced the Chinese words for different body parts. (i.e. tou, bi zi, er duo, shou).  This knowledge was taken into practice as we prepared to make our Chinese puppets out of fabric and the Chinese yoghurt drink cups the students drank last week.  These puppets will then be used in different Chinese conversation scenarios.  As this was mainly a craft day students were able to listen to different Chinese songs while working. 7-14.17-14.2

 

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July 11

East meets west: Chinese your way (July 11th)

July 11- For the fifth day of teaching we began with a brief review of greetings in Chinese.  We then made Mango Ice cream and drank a Chinese style yogurt drink.  After the clean up students finished their Chinese Horse Paintings and worked on writing their Chinese names on a Chinese Gourd.  We worked a little bit more with the song ‘Earth Child’  by having students read out the Chinese lyrics on their handout.  We wrapped up the lesson with a discussion on different ‘question words’ in Chinese as students gave their responses.  Its been a fun week teaching this group.

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July 10

East meets west: Chinese your way (July 10th)

July 10- We started the fourth day by finishing the base of the folded box.  We continued working with greetings and times of the day (i.e. good afternoon, lunch, good evening, dinner).  We then reviewed the ‘Earth song’ followed by Chinese painting.  As this is the year of the horse in the Chinese Zodiac the students learned to draw a horse while being introduced to the various body parts of the horse in Chinese.  After the first drawing of the horse the students had an opportunity to choose another style of horse that they liked to draw.  We will finish this painting on Friday as we ran out of time today.3JPG Continue reading

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July 9

East meets west: Chinese your way (July 9th)

Wednesday July 9-  Day three we took the laminated Chinese names and the students each made their own Chinese knot using two strings and interweaving them together.  A powerpoint presentation of basic greetings was introduced as well as numbers.  This was reviewed on a basic worksheet and again through a number song that students listened to.  We then played a game called “Da Feng Chuei: Big wind blows” and “rock paper scissors.”  The remainder of the class we began working on the lid of an origami box which will be completed at the beginning of the next class session.
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July 8

East meets west: Chinese your way (July 8th)

Tuesday July 8- For the start of the second day of class, we finished the calligraphy project. The students wrote their full Chinese name on rice paper and then used water to separate and create the ripped effect of the borders.  This was then mounted onto a sheet of paper and laminated.  We then began to introduce shapes by completing an paper folded triangle box.
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July 7

East meets west: Chinese your way (July 7th)

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Ever wanted to learn Chinese, but felt you needed 10,000 hours of practice and a tiger mom to learn it?  Now is a time to debunk the myth of learning difficult languages.  Chinese your way is taught through an art medium, you being the artist.  Students will be guided through a series of projects including historical to modern Chinese calligraphy written on scrolls, Chinese painting sewn onto sustainable bags, and Chinese cultural song performances.  All projects including videos of performances can be taken-home at the end of the program.  Learn to express yourself through the language of Chinese.
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