Category: Teacher Teaching

“Can do” Statements in CEFR and ALG Mandarin Class

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, abbreviated in English as CEFR or CEF or CEFRL, is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries. Can-Do Statements describe what learners can independently do at each sublevel and help pave the way […]

Situations of Communicative Language Activities

To carry out communicative tasks, users have to engage in communicative language activities and operate communication strategies. Many communicative activities, such as conversation and correspondence, are interactive, that is to say, the participants alternate as producers and receivers, often with several turns. In other cases, as when speech is recorded or broadcast or written texts […]

You can enjoy the process of learning Mandarin!

It’s easy to hate learning Mandarin language. And it’s also easy to hate learning calculus and organic chemistry, mostly because others have said it’s too hard. Learning Mandarin in a formal classroom has no way to make us enjoy the process of learning. If your language class is filled with grammar or vocabulary drill, you […]

Chinese Paper Cutting Templates for Lunar Year of the Tiger 2022

Lunar New Year festivities can often last for up to 15 days, with different tasks and activities taking place over that period. Paper cutting is one of the oldest folk art forms in China. Making the cuttings together with the family is a popular way of celebrating the Lunar New Year and welcoming the spring. […]

New HSK 3.0 is not the perfect guideline for learning Chinese

“Teaching to the test” is a colloquial term for any method of education whose curriculum is heavily focused on preparing students for a standardized test. Teaching to the test is frequently criticized by academics and educators, while its critics argue that students who are simply taught to the test fail to achieve a lasting and […]

Comprehensible Inputs Facilitate Listening and Speaking skills

Language teacher utilize activities that integrate all four skills because they assume that each reinforces the other, and two of them could be facilitated by inputs. These four skills in the following order: Listening: When people are learning a new language they first hear it spoken. Speaking: Eventually, they try to repeat what they hear. […]

ALG (Automatic Language Growth) and Monty’s Algae

ALG (automatic language growth) sounds like ‘algae’, which an informal term for a large and diverse group of photosynthetic eukaryotic organisms. There are something similar between them. In The 100, Monty’s algae plays some roles in different seasons. In season 6, Monty’s algae were used to breeding people in out space and repairing hydrofarm in […]

Learning Chinese Online: Synchronous and Asynchronous

Online learning has changed the way language learners around the world are learning Mandarin. People used to learn Chinese by memorizing and imitating. Nowadays, Chinese learners can learn it at anytime and anywhere. There are two different types of online learning: synchronous and asynchronous. For teachers and student in an asynchronous online mode, teaching and […]

Does Practice Make Perfect? a Chinese Story for learning new languages

“Practice makes perfect.” It would be equal to an Chinese idiom “熟能生巧”, which may be true for piano learners, but is it true for language learners? We don’t see children practice their language, but every one can speak their language(s) in someway. Adult language learners and most of the Asia students in foreign language class […]