Welcome to our new Mandarin Classroom!!
Miss Donna’s ‘real’ Mandarin classroom at Kormilda College!
For the first part of term 1, we will be getting to know each other, establishing our safe and fun Mandarin learning environment, and bringing in the Chinese New Year of the Sheep!!
Students will experience the sounds of Mandarin through song and story. Meaning will be enjoyed through facial expression, body language, movement, props and visual aids. The songs and stories are chosen to scaffold vocabulary and sentence patterns, enabling students to make meaningful connections. Over the primary years, students will have confidence in singing rhymes, interacting in plays, and respond to variety of classroom language. These experiences will allow the students’ brains to network the syllables, tones and sentence structures of Mandarin in a meaningful context.
It’s a lifelong journey to learn a second language! Philosopher Laozi once said ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step’, and with these first steps in the Primary Years we will have little bilinguals in the making!
Just click below to watch the ‘How are you’ song we use to start our lessons, once it opens just click on the big green button!
ni hao ma song
Enjoy looking around my previous posts as there are lots of fun things to see already! But I’ll post links to more fun things that we do as we go through the year.
We have an exciting 2015 semester 1! Click on the link below for an overview of our unit plan:
Middle School Mandarin semester 1 2015
Our MYP question ‘How does connecting with others open my world?’ will be asked and reflected upon for every task. As springboards to our tasks, we will also look at how others ‘connect’ and open their worlds: Sophie Koh’s China Tour, The world’s biggest human migration during Chinese New Year, and Japanese students’ free hugs campaign in Beijing!
Lots to keep us busy and open our eyes to the amazing big world out there! We have lots of projects! Not only do we need to learn the content to do these projects, but we also have to learn how to manage our Chinese character learning, how to remember our characters, how to type in Chinese for our blog, how to share our learning with people in China, how to politely make connections with people in China, and we’ve got to listen and understand, speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese!
We will tackle each organisation skill and task together as a group. Our classroom will be a safe, fun learning environment where we can be risk takers to make funny mistakes and gain the confidence to learn from them!
Blog posts will be added with more info about our learning tools and tasks as the semester progresses. Looking forward to the semester ahead…
Ms Donna Royle