Lesson Plans

Learning about China - Resources at The British Museum for Schools and Teachers

 Who should use this resource?  Teachers wishing to branch out beyond teaching the language. Teachers inspired by the thought of using objects to engage children and young people about China's amazingly enriching and influential heritage. Why not talk to your Head of History about how you make real learning about China's past and how that past affects the future. Make China part of your whole school.

 What is this resource? 

Using Word Clouds in your Classroom

Tags: ICT, Language

Why read this article?   More and more top MFL (Modern Foreign Language) teachers excel in making language learning more relevant and more cool using internet based and / or easy to use ICT

Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival - Scheme of Work (No.2 in a series of 4 SoW)


This SoW, the 2nd in a series of 4 about Chinese Festivals, centres around a book that promotes language learning through inter-cultural understanding. Importantly it is through the eyes of a modern Chinese child seeking the ‘proper’ explanation of why the Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated. Various explanations are provided by different members of the family.
 
The SoW provides guidance on reading the book interactively within the Book Guide and provides 6 related activities drawn from the book.
 
Teachers are encouraged to use an inquiry based pedagogy. Children should be encouraged to inquire about the books themselves; children drive their own learning. What can they see in the pictures? What language would they like to know in Chinese regarding the story?

Celebrating the Chinese New Year - Scheme of Work (No.1 in a series of 4 SoW)

This Scheme of Work (SoW) centres around a book that promotes language learning through inter-cultural understanding. The book is called ‘'Celebrating the Chinese New Year' available from CME Books. It is seen through the eyes of a modern Chinese child seeking the ‘proper’ explanation of why Chinese New Year is celebrated. Various explanations are provided by different members of the family.

Chinese New Year Workshop Material (Xiaoman Sun)

This resource has been created by Xiaoman Sun, from Seven Kings High School in the UK.

In her school, Sun has 5 workshops for her Year 7 & 8 students to decorate the school assembly hall and surrounding areas in preparation for the Chinese New Year. The workshops are:

1.Giant Painting for Assembly Hall
2. Making Chinese Lanterns
3. Chinese Origami
4. Design Year of Tiger Posters
5. Chinese Calligraphy experience-Chinese Lucky Symbols & write down students' Chinese name

Sun's 'action plan' is based on a 2 week programme, though this could obviously be adjusted depending on how much time you have available.

These activities would certainly work well with KS2/primary children too.