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Oak Chinese Class Newsletter

Chinese Newsletter October 2018 - Oak Middle School

Dear parents and guardians,

你好Ni hao!

This month flew by and all students are working hard on improving their Chinese language skills.

In grade 7, we started a short review of what we had learned last year: introduction to China, Pinyin system, greetings, introduce myself, my family, sport, pets, nations and nationalities. Then we explored the new lesson 10 “my friend” and lesson 11 “food”.

  • Students know how to introduce a friend which includes name, age, grade, school, class, family members, preference on sports and be able to describe how does this friend looks like. We practiced speaking and listening a lot on this lesson.
  • As we continued this month, students also have completed lesson 11 on food, they are be able to describe what kind of food/drink they like/dislike/like a lot/ like the most, what kind of food they know how to cook and describe how to use chopsticks or not.
  • Now we finished the entire textbook Nihao1 and are taking time practicing each lesson’s speaking, writing, listening and reading skills, which helps students have a solid base when they start leaning the next textbook.
  • Lastly, I recommend all the students use Quizlet at home to review all the vocabulary we have learned and make their own sentences which helps them with language creation as well. 

In grade 8, we continued learning Nihao 1 and completed lesson 8 eat in a restaurant/friend’s house. Students are be able to say and read different food/drink, explain why they like/dislike the food ordered in a restaurant, talk about food preference with friends/ families, describe how to cook different food and pay for the money when they eat outside.

  • We did a lot of practice with speaking and listening this month, students really did a great job on presenting their conversation in pairs/ small groups! We will explore more reading and grammar skills on this lesson and move to next lesson soon.
  • Lastly, I recommend all the students use Quizlet at home to review all the vocabulary we have learned and make their own sentences which helps them with language creation as well. 

Afterschool extra help on Thursdays:
If you want your child learn more Chinese or need more time to work on Chinese, your child is welcome to join our Thursday afterschool help, usually there are high school students that come to help middle school students, but please email me 2-3 days in advance. 

Up-Coming date: 
Parent conference: Nov. 6th, Tuesday. If you would like to set up a meeting with me to talk about your child’s Chinese learning during this semester, please click on this link and sign up for the time.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090849afad238-foreign12

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

  1. Quizlet (all of the vocabularies in Nihao Book 1&2)
  2. Packets for each lesson. There are a lot of very useful sentence structures on it to practice.
  3. Little Fox Chinese - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCipQJmg3yqouy6MRtPv_0Bg  (a lot of basic Chinese songs and short stories)
  4. Slow Chinese -  https://www.slow-chinese.com/podcast/194-gong-xiang-jing-ji-shi-dai/  (It’s a very good website with latest news in listening and reading)
  5. Yep Chinese - http://yep.hschinese.com/  (It’s a very good website to explore new vocabularies with listening material, sentence structure and reading material)
  6. Grammar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7clGx2swoK0&list=PL9ES2MCH3uliMmqWHl2WBouonc-WH20Yf (A list here that all students can learn)
  7. Grammar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDyuMdggrk8 (A list here which explained in English)
  8. Students are welcome to borrow Chinese books in Room 333 at Oak as well. 

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

Best wishes,
Yuan Meng
Chinese teacher at Oak