Ms. HUANG Xiaojing from Tongji’s International School has made outstanding achievements in the Experience China short video display activity for preparatory students with a Chinese government scholarship and has thus been voted Excellent Supervisor by the China Scholarship Council. HUANG has rich experience in preparatory teaching and outstanding educational achievements. Let us take a look at what she has to share.
Honor Certificate for Excellent Supervisor
How to use short videos to ignite the passion for Chinese learning?
HUANG with her International Students
As modern science and technology advances, Chinese learning by virtue of multiple tools and approaches can yield twice the results with half the effort. This short video contest is an effective way to motivate students to do so. Short videos are the extracurricular extension of classroom teaching, presenting a complete Chinese work in both auditory and visual ways which stimulates students' interest in Chinese learning. In addition students are enabled during the preparation process to take the initiative to learn about Chinese culture in various directions, and to train themselves on their Chinese ability in listening, speaking, reading, and writing so that students' Chinese proficiency and cross-cultural communication skills can be improved effectively.
How to learn Chinese outside class?
Learning Chinese is fun
Language Learning is a practical course with strong presence, more dialogues, and increased practice that should integrate in-class and extra-curricular teaching rather than be confined to the classroom. Classroom teaching is just limited while society can teach more. In the teaching process, I have always encouraged students to step out of the classroom and enter authentic language environments, get over their shyness, and take the first step bravely to communicate more in Chinese. Despite more mistakes you make, you should continue talking in Chinese while it becomes easier to realize your mistakes, correct them, and therefore improve your Chinese language level. Facts have proved that students with a more cheerful and lively personality in class have improved their oral Chinese rapidly over a short period of time.
There are certain requirements for teachers to enable students to apply in-class knowledge to extra-curricular activities. First, it is necessary to satisfy the needs and interests of students in the arrangement of course content to inspire their willingness and motivation of active learning. Second, , teachers should adopt a variety of methods flexibly in terms of teaching methods and create certain conditions so as to connect the in-class and extra-curricular activities. Also, certain tasks should be assigned to students to encourage them to conduct language practice after class. Thirdly, more emotional care should be brought to students. Those international students who are newcomers to China will not only encounter academic pressure, but will also have to overcome cultural conflicts. During this period, teachers should encourage and guide students to get out of the shock period as soon as possible, and adapt themselves gradually to, and fall in love with, the culture of their target language country. In a nutshell, teachers should touch students with affection more than they should educate people with teaching.
Talk about good methods of Chinese learning for international students
Learning Chinese in a relaxing way
There are no shortcuts to learning a language; the only way is through more practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. But, practice options are varied.
Students should make full use of their time in class, and they can effectively use resources available based on their self-condition after finishing their homework. For instance, students who like singing can learn to sing more Chinese songs. Students who enjoy watching movies can watch more Chinese movies and TV shows. Students who love chatting can find Chinese elders in the park or on the square to be good partners. Students who love Taobao shopping can visit Taobao more on the Chinese Web page, reading the Chinese names and descriptions of the various products carefully and comparing with other versions. Students who favor travel can pay more attention to the names of roads and stores, as well as various Chinese instructions. And students who even like shopping in the supermarket can learn the Chinese names of various products there. Besides, whoever has a good command of those names will be considered “half Chinese.”
In addition, students can make more full use of their surrounding environments. For example, various items in the dormitory can be labeled in Chinese. Once they are used, students can then review those Chinese expressions. If you have a roommate, you can set aside Chinese time during which communicating using only the Chinese language is permitted. With the improvement of your Chinese language proficiency, Chinese time can become increasingly longer until you finally replace your mother tongue with speaking Chinese all the time while in the dormitory.
Learning Chinese well is a slow process and all you have to do is persist. Only from the mountain peak can you see the most beautiful scenery.