Teacing Material II: Classroom Activities and Handouts

Classroom Activity One: A Dialogue Performance

Make up a dialogue with your dialogue partners, responding to the following scenario and perform it on next Tuesday.

Situation: You have a Chinese test tomorrow and you really need to practice your speaking. Fortunately, your friend Little Gao speaks fluent Chinese. You are thinking of asking him to help you. You call him to set up an appointment. But apparently Little Gao’s love for you is not unconditional. He will help you only if you promise to take him out to dinner.

Mission: Make up a phone conversation with your dialogue partners. You may use the dialogues in your textbook (especially dialogue 6.2) as a model. Each person must have at least four lines. You can use any grammar patterns/words from the following list:

  哪位 请问 我就是  别客气  没问题  有空吗  帮忙  请我吃饭

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Classroom Activity Two: Talking about hobbies

Circle your hobbies. Pair up and ask each other to find out what the other person likes to do. Example: A: 小张,你周末喜欢做什么?

                      B: 我喜欢打球、看电视,你呢?

                       A: 我喜欢唱歌、跳舞,还喜欢听音乐。

  

play ball-- dǎ qíu --打球

 

watch T.V.-- kàn diànshì --看电视

  

sing songs-- chàng gē-- 唱歌

  

dance -- tiào wǔ --跳舞

 

listen to music--tīng yīnyuè --听音乐

  

read books-- kàn shū-- 看书

 

watch movies--kàn diànyǐng--看电影

 

 

 

 

 

Handout: the Preposition as an Indicator of the Location of an Action

Because of the difference between Chinese and English with regard to the ordering between modifiers and what they modify, beginners of Chinese often find themselves struggle with proper placement of modifier.  In Chinese, the preposition , for example, function as a modifier and should occur before verbs/verbal phrases.  But in English, modifiers can occur either before or after verbs/verbal phrases.  The following handout is to show students how to use to indicate the location of an action.

The preposition plus a place word indicates the location where an action takes place. A location expression can go at the beginning or end of a sentence in English, but always goes before the verb in Chinese. It usually follows the subject, unless special emphasis or contrast is intended. If there is an auxiliary verb such as 喜欢, the location expression can go between the auxiliary verb and the main verb. If there is also a time expression, the time expression must come before the place expression.

Subject

Time, Adv, AV, or Place

V-(Obj)

English Meaning

学校

吃饭

I eat at school.

在家

看电影.

She watches movies at home.

我妈妈

在这个大学

工作

My mother works at this school.

李老师

喜欢

在办公室

聊天

Teacher Li doesn't like to chat in the office.

张律师

昨天晚上

在他朋友家

做饭

Lawyer Zhang made Chinese food at his friend's house yesterday evening.

常常

在家

看电视

I often watch TV at home.

在公园

看书

She doesn’t read books in park.

小高

 在宿舍

睡觉

Little Gao sleeps in dorm.

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