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Oak Chinese Class Newsletter

Chinese Newsletter February 2018 - Oak Middle School

Dear parents and guardians,

Ni hao! chinese happy new year

Happy Chinese New Year and 2018 is the year of dog! First, thanks for attending the Spring Festival Celebration last Sunday, all the students did a great job on their performance, I am very appreciative for your support. Here are the details of Chinese class in this month:

In Grade 7

We finished reviewing material from last semester to ensure mastering vocabulary and grammar for the new lessons. From August, students have learned several new units of Nihao Book2. Now they can describe dates, time, basic activities, directions, different rooms in a house, colors, clothes and discounts in Chinese since we have worked on new vocabularies and pronunciation. Their writing describes daily routine and  person's clothes. It is continuously improving as practice continues.

As we continue this month, students are describing person's clothes. They are working to master the use of chinese how is, the question word of "How is". Students are practicing correct sentence structure with chinese how is in conversation and we just did a lot of practice with listening.

The culture theme this month is Chinese Spring Festival and we learned how native Chinese celebrate the festival in different regions. Students also drew drawings and made crafts in class to appreciate the Chinese culture.

In Grade 8

We finished reviewing all the units from last semester to ensure mastering prior vocabulary and grammar for the new lessons and placement test. Each unit includes five parts: listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Their writing and interpersonal speaking is also improving as practice continues.

As we continue this month, students have learned all the units of Nihao Book 1 and 2. The last unit discusses weather and we did all the quizzes of listening, writing, reading and speaking. The culture theme of this month is Chinese Spring Festival and we learned how native Chinese celebrate the festival in different regions. Students also drew decorations and made crafts in class to appreciate the Chinese culture.

Some resources with you that your child can use after class:

  1. Quizlet
    (all of the vocabularies in Nihao Book 1&2)
     
  2. Little Fox Chinese
    (a lot of basic Chinese songs and short stories)
     
  3.  Slow Chinese
    (It's a very good website with latest news in listening and reading)
     
  4. Yep Chinese
    (It's a very good website to explore new vocabularies with listening material, sentence structure and reading material)

If you have further questions, you are always welcome to email me. My school email is ymeng@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us.

Hope you have a great winter vacation!

Best wishes,

Yuan Meng, Chinese teacher at Oak