Time: 5 - 10 minutes
Organization: Pair Work
Aim: This activity targets beginner students and helps them increase their awareness on Chinese pronunciation (including some unique sounds in Chinese and different tones). To speak (Chinese) out in pairs decreases the students' pressure to perform, and increases their confidence to speak out. It also builds class rapport among students.
(The example of words is taken from Mandarin Express Intro Level A Student’s Book. Teachers can prepare their own lists of words which target specific pronunciation areas.)
Preparation: This activity can be done at beginning of each class. Teacher tells students: "Let us warm up for today's Chinese class!"
Different pronunciation areas: