Reading a long Chinese article

Level: Intermediate

Time: 4 - 6 hours

Organization: Group of two or three students & Whole Class

Aim: This class activity is used in getting students involved in reading, comprehending and discussing long articles written in Chinese. It will develop students’ Chinese reading comprehensions and their analytical and critical thinking skills. Students will make contributions to their Chinese class by researching and delivering presentations in Chinese.

(The examples are selected from Mandarin Express Intermediate Level A.)

Preparation: Direct students to the first section of the Chinese texts.

Procedure:

  1. Organise students into small groups of two or three.
  2. Ask each group to work together to find out the meanings of the listed words.
  3. In each group, students search for the meaning of each word and practicing explaining these words in Chinese.
  4. Teachers walk around the class and monitor the progress.
  5. After students understand all the words, they will have a basic idea on what the reading is about as well. Revert the classroom arrangement to the whole class setting.
  6. Teachers direct students to read the article. Asking and answering questions about the article until students understand it.
  7. Teachers proceed to the following two follow ups.

 

Follow up 1:

Teachers organise students into small groups of two or three. Ask each group to discuss the questions presented in the Chinese textbook. And later students work individually and write down their opinions. Teachers walk around the class and monitor the progress. Once everyone is finished, teachers invite five or six students to read their writings to the whole class.

Follow up 2:

Teachers organise students into small groups of two or three. Based on the article, each group will select a point of interest and do some research on it. As a group, students will prepare and present a five-minute presentation in Chinese to the whole class. 

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