You’ll have no trouble throughout the world once you've learned Chinese
Since Zhejiang University Helen Chinatefl Company Shenzhen Branch began to organize the teaching and researching activities every Wednesday afternoon from the beginning of this semester, this activity has been more and more popular with all of our foreign teachers. The contents of the activities include educational research, outdoor tree planting, social life practice and so on.
With the help of Xiwan Primary School, our company held the Chinese learning class for foreign teachers on March 29th 2017. The foreign teachers arrived at the classroom on time and brought pens and books to make notes.
At the beginning, the Chinese teacher, Zhang junqian greeted to every participant. Then he used PPT and started to give lessons. The theme of this class was “Let’s meet Chinese”. Because he hopes that all the foreign teachers can first meet Chinese, then learn it, gradually master it and finally practice it in their daily work and life. It’s very helpful to their teaching and living. They can also take Chinese as an opportunity to expand the circle of friends and build health relationship with more Chinese friends.
Mr.Zhang gave lessons clearly with interesting methods and the foreign teachers listened very carefully. Furthermore, they came up with a lot of questions and asked Mr.Zhang, such as the difficulties they meet when they speak Chinese in daily life, the knowledge they have about Chinese, the content they want to know about Chinese and so on. They enjoyed the strong academic atmosphere and the heated discussion. And Mr.Zhang answered them patiently.
When Mr.Zhang was teaching the culture of Chinese names, he mainly used the blackboard-writing. He gave some examples of Chinese names and analyzed the structure of them. In addition, he added more knowledge about the normal appellation that Chinese often use in daily life. Others listened to him with interest and came up with their questions.
The teaching supervisor of Helen Company, Karl even stood up and shared his own opinions about Chinese with other teachers. He said:”For example, this Chinese word ”nan(male)”.In the ancient China, most of men were working in the farmland and they needed a lot of energy. Therefore, the Chinese word male is made up of “tian(land)” and “li(energy)”.” His surprising explanation made our class more interesting and active.
In the last step, Mr.Zhang taught 23 Chinese initials to the foreign teachers and everyone read the alphabet loudly after him. At last, all the teachers clapped enthusiastically to Mr. Zhang for his wonderful Chinese learning class.
Through this activity the foreign teachers improved their Chinese speaking level and enhanced their learning interest. They had a better understanding of Chinese language and culture and learned some easy Chinese greetings and initials. What’s more, they also wished we would organize more Chinese learning activities such like this class so that they could learn more about Chinese language and culture which would be very useful and helpful in their daily teaching and living in Shenzhen.
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