Language is about communication. Much of the language we use in the real world is motivated by the desire to express and interpret information and ideas. It is also the most rewarding part in learning a foreign language. In my classes, students are encouraged to express themselves on personal and intellectual levels. The project showed below is an example of my effort to develop students’ communication skills.
Use your imagination and Chinese skills to play! No limit on the subject matter as long as it is appropriate for class use. This is the perfect chance for you to show your creativity and actually use some Chinese.
Purpose: This game helps you to integrate your hard-learned Chinese skills and enhance your daily conversational abilities.
- Choose three or four classmates to work with and write up a script full of drama for you to play. Specify a scene where all the dialogue and action occurs. FOR THIS PART YOU CAN USE ENGLISH. I encourage you to bring some props to create some dramatic effects (costumes, music, pictures etc). Make some copies of your script to distribute to your classmates before you perform.
- You need to be familiar with your role and lines, since “cheat sheet” is not allowed during performance. Each participant should have at least 8 lines to speak.
- Each group will have about ten minutes to perform.
- You may use words that we have not learned yet. Dictionary is always a good place to look up a new word, but make sure that you use it appropriately.
- Your overall speaking ability (including fluency, accuracy of pronunciation and grammatical correctness) is the most decisive criteria.
- The creativity of your story is the second most important criteria.
- Active cooperation is also taken into consideration. This means that team members must work together closely and make every effort to support and cooperate with each other.
Note: Don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any question. Have fun!