Chinese Counting Signs


Chinese leader’s name (Discussion)

When the Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping was visiting Ireland a few weeks ago, an Irish farmer said to him that he would like to name his newly-born calf after Xi. Would you think that’s something Chinese people would do?

Learning colour (2. Jealousy)

A children’s book has the following sentence: “When I’m jealous, colour me green”. It looks like that in the west jealous people change their colour from head to toe. Compared with the westerners, Chinese people seem calmer. The only indicator for their jealousy is the change of their eye colour. However, their eyes turn into red instead of green. It can be said in Chinese that somebody is 眼红yǎnhóng.  

Learning colour (1. Clothing)

I came across a Chinese word a few days ago. It’s called ‘hēilǐng, 黑领 or black collar’. Do you know what it refers to?

Autonomous learners and transformative practitioners: the implementation of peer teaching in a language teacher training course (abstract)

Mr. Weiming Liu & Dr. Ann Devitt

The study reported here was conducted as part of a programme of initial teacher education for post-primary modern language (ML) teachers at the School of Education, Trinity College in Dublin. The ML programme requires that the student teachers (STs) learn an exotic language, which is currently represented by a five weeks’ Chinese language course. The rationale for this Chinese course is to help STs to gain a better understandings of their pupils’ learning process. Peer teaching has been adapted into different schemes over the last few decades. Collaborative peer teaching (CPT) supports and maximises the engagement of all students in their learning process. In 2011, CPT was implemented throughout the Chinese course. STs were required to write both weekly reflective journals and final reports, from which the data of this study are collected. This paper introduces how CPT was implemented in this context, and aims to find out the significance of its implementation in terms of both STs’ personal development as autonomous learners and their professional development as transformative practitioners.

Keywords: Language Teacher Training, Peer Teaching, Learner Autonomy, Transformation

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Teaching ‘Weather’

This following YouTube LINK seems quite good to teach level 1 students ‘Weather’. It’s authentic and not very difficult for students to follow.