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:
喂 哪位 请问 我就是 别客气 没问题 有空吗 帮忙 请我吃饭
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？
Handout: the Preposition 在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 在, 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 在 to indicate the location of an action.
The preposition 在 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.