Communicating Across Cultures with the Chinese Academy!

July 3, 2019

Language: Chinese

Location: Saint Michael’s College

We’ve had an excellent start to Week 2 here at the Chinese Academy! Students are settling back into their class schedules and truly taking off in their Chinese-speaking abilities. Last night, the kids participated in a history lesson on 方大增, a journalist who disappeared during the second Sino-Japanese war in China. Today, they will continue learning more material in their classes and preparing for tomorrow’s Fourth of July celebrations! The Language Pledge™ will be lifted during that time, so students will have the opportunity to communicate and bond with the students from the Arabic, French, Spanish, and German Academies. 

In today’s classrooms…

Level 1 students continued to work on interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication. Their can-do statement of the day was, “I can give a simple description of an object’s color, size, and location.” They learned about descriptive adjectives, prepositions, and sentence structures through games like “Lost and Found” and “I Spy.”

Students in Level 2 classes focused on the can-do statement of “I can ask and respond to simple questions based on images and text in a menu.” They will continue to learn about different types of food, how to order in a restaurant, and how to communicate in a meal-time setting.

In Level 3 classrooms, students are learning similar lessons about food and eating etiquette. Through cross-cultural comparisons and a mock wedding banquet, the students will understand all of the do’s and don’ts of eating with Chinese speakers.

Level 4 students are also learning about eating etiquette, but with greater nuance and complexity. Their can-do statement was “I can analyze the importance of food on social dynamics in the target culture (Food as a vehicle for gathering, celebrations, types of food for different events, etc.)  They watched a video about The Water Festival in Yun Nan, China and learned tons of new idioms for colloquial use.

This evening, students will have 1-1 meetings with their teachers to assess their progress!

Today’s Schedule

7:30 am—Breakfast

9:00 am—Assembly

9:30 am—Class Block 1/break

10:30 am—Class Block 2/break

11:30 am—Class Block 3

12:30 pm—Lunch

1:15 pm—Free Time

2:00 pm—Cultural Exploration

3:45 pm—Activities/Exercise/Free time (Chalk Art, Tag, Dou Di Zhou, Mafia, Sketching, Karaoke, Journaling)

5:30 pm—Dinner & Free Time

7:30 pm—Evening Activities— 1-1 Meetings with Teachers

9:15 pm—Dorm activities/snack

10:00 pm—In room/Journaling

10:30 pm—Lights out

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