On Chinese Teaching

1. What are your biggest challenges? Why are these the biggest challenges for you?

For elementary level and intermediate level teaching, the main challenges are: it is hard for students to have a clear idea about Chinese character’s structure because we do not have a lot of time learning strokes and radicals. For advanced level students, grammar becomes the most challenge part. When it goes to detailed and complicated sentence structure, the difference between Chinese and English grammar becomes very different. e.g. When you say “the car is really cool” we say “the car really cool”. For elementary or intermediate level students, the grammar mistake doesn’t effects the target learner’s understanding of the meaning. However, for advanced level students, speaking a short sentence correctly and express a complicated idea using a long sentence are expected, so grammar build is very important from the very beginner of a project’s design.

2. What software (if any) do you use to prepare for your lessons?

On online teaching session, I use compass based moodle system, just for uploading materials and create writing assignments for my students.

I recommend youdao online dictionary to my students; and I know Pleco is very popular among them.

3. What materials are lacking, outdated, or unsatisfactory? On what materials do you waste the most time preparing?

The Business Chinese textbook we are using now is super outdated. In most business occasions today, there is a set of global context and discourse used (sometimes even a combination of English and Chinese). Many of young employers had a study abroad experience, and companies start to change into a more international organization structure.

Project based task is the most time consuming thing. I prepared the most up-dated materials for my students, and design the project that share the same topic with their textbook, then planning them into a week’s project.

Dear Nora, this is just a very brave answer to your questions. If there is any specific project that I may help with, please do not hesitate to let me know.

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Dear Kid(s), what is mom thinking about when she is…

10: How to win the popular video game with her primary school boyfriend.

11: How cool it is to skip he after school activity session with her best friend.

12: How to get enrolled into one of the best junior high school in the city.

13: How to get No.1 ranking in final exams to make her parents being proud of her.

14: How to keep a not innocent friendship with the boy she secretly likes.

15: How to not get enrolled into this so called best school which had been proved not suitable for her.

16: How to get closer to someone she could never get close to.

17: How to get closer to someone she could never get close to while she believed she find a way to do that.

18: How to build a world and maintain her faith.

19: How to get into this world.

20: How to get closer to her dream.

21: How to get closer to her dream.

22: How to keep a balance between her world and this world.

23: How to do something practical and be kind to this world.

24: How to synthesize what she has learnt for the former 24 years to apply it in a job.

25: How to become a whole person, and how to create a stable environment for my future family.

26: How to live with those she has loved within, and how to be brave.

27: What the hell happened when she was 25, and how to get unstuck from the past.

I am surprised to see how myself tracing what I’ve been through all those years. Only one sentence tells nothing about a year. However, the way I put it, the event or core thoughts I extract from my past experience, are both saying something true to me. Dear kid(s), if you read this one day, the only thing so true about this “letter” is that how your mom looked back at herself when she is 24, and later on. Your confusions, your problems, your understanding towards the world will be changing all the time. Keep it simple and I will come back to write down the same topic when I’m getting older.