Creative Classes at the Chinese Academy!

July 10, 2019

Language: Chinese

Location: Saint Michael’s College

What the Chinese Academy did today: We’ve been kicking off a wonderful Week 3 here at the Chinese Academy! Students are settled back into their routines and truly showing off their skills in communication. In lessons, they’ve been engaging in activities like poster making, calligraphy, and more to apply their studies in context. 

Here’s a more in-depth look at what’s been happening in our classrooms...

Level 1 students are talking about health today, with can-do statements of “I can select and match physical symptoms to an illness” and “I can identify and name 3-5 common illnesses and physical discomforts.” They will watch a video, create a list of symptoms they hear, and then create a game of “Doctors vs. Patients”.

In Level 2 classes, students are learning about social customs. Their can-do statements are “I can extend and politely accept and/or decline invitations” and “I can understand a voicemail, a text, an email, or letter that accepts or rejects an invitation.” For their activity, they will read copies of invitations found on Google, discuss the structure of the invitations, brainstorm on how to accept or reject, and create short skits together.

Our Level 3 students will be able to “prepare notes about transportation, lodging, sites, and good options in a target city” by the end of today. Their activity is to explore a website, create a vocab wall with new terminology related to public transportation, and work in pairs to create a list of pros and cons for each type. Then, they will describe what some challenges of moving through a Metropolis might be.

Finally, Level 4 students are making presentations about a cultural event or tradition and its historical origin. They will watch a video about the celebration of the 100th day of life for a newborn, focusing on key cultural moments such as a newborn’s first haircut and the gifting of red envelopes. Then, they will role play in groups and describe either a Chinese or American holiday.

That’s it for today! Our students have a full week of learning to tackle, then even more exciting events this weekend.

Today’s Schedule

7:30 am—Breakfast

9:00 am—Assembly

9:30 am—Class Block 1/break

10:30 am—Class Block 2/break

11:30 am—Class Block 3

12:30 pm—Lunch

1:15 pm—Free Time

2:00 pm—Cultural Exploration

3:45 pm—Activities/Exercise/Free time

5:30 pm—Dinner & Free Time

7:30 pm—Evening Activities

9:15 pm—Dorm activities/snack

10:00 pm—In room/Journaling

10:30 pm—Lights out

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