For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning -- building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.
This course examines major social and political trends, events, debates and personalities which help place aspects of contemporary French culture in their historical perspective through fiction, films, essays, newspaper articles, and television. Topics include the heritage of the French Revolution, the growth and consequences of colonialism, the role of intellectuals in public debates, the impact of the Occupation, the modernization of the economy and of social structures. The sources and meanings of national symbols, monuments, myths and manifestoes are also studied. Recommended for students planning to study abroad. Taught in French.
This cooperative mystery game requires students to work together to solve a case using teacher generated clues via email and/or web sites on a daily and/or class scheduled basis. Teacher will provide web sites where student groups (5 groups, 3 per group) will go to pick up their clues and follow their task instructions. Students will be writing short compositions and presenting to their classmates throughout this unit as the mystery unfolds, ending with a power point presentation of all their findings at the end of each lesson/project activities.
Contents include: The Great Pyramid of Cholula, Chapultepec Castle, What is "Cinco de mayo"?, Maps from the Mexican American War, Using Historical Photographs in the Classroom, 19th century Caribbean women through images (lesson plan), Imágenes de mujeres caribeñas del siglo 19 (plan para la clase).
Using authentic historical advertisements can provide a new dimension to the Spanish-language course. They not only provide an interesting glimpse into the past, but also expose students to historical vocabulary, cultural history, and various descriptive phrases. The structure of print advertisements lend themselves to learning about using visual clues before beginning to read and also include varied adjectives to describe the product or service.
This lesson is designed for the intermediate to advanced Spanish class. Students will read authentic historical materials in the form of travel books (the teacher can choose to assign selected entries, chapters, or whole books) to learn about culture, history, and traditions, while also learning new vocabulary. The students will then create their own travel journal composed of one or more entries. The teacher can direct students to use the internet, books, magazines, historical material, their own experiences, or imagination to complete the activity.