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Learning Exercise

Material: An Introduction to Chinese Proverbs and Their Origins
Submitted by: Susan Hess on Sep 11, 2010
Date Last Modified: Sep 11, 2010
Title: Proverbs, sayings and fables
Description: Students will explore how proverbs, sayings and fables are used in Chinese and English.
Type of Task: Group, Student-centered, Teacher-centered
Time Required First lesson will take approx. 1 hour.
Topics: English proverbs and English fables 成語
Course: Chinese, year 2 or higher
Audience: Middle School
Prerequisites Skills: Intermediate Chinese
Learning Objectives: 1. Explore similarities and differences in English proverbs/fables and Chinese cheng-yu. 2. Learn strategies for listening to more difficult speech.
Text of Learning Exercise: 1. In small groups, students are asked to list as many English proverbs and sayings as they can on a large sheet of paper. These sheets are posted around the room so that students can take a gallery walk and see what other groups thought of. 2. Students will discuss how these are used in English. 3. Teacher prepares a short PowerPoint to introduce "cheng-yu" 成語 4. Teacher introduces key vocabulary for the cheng-yu selected. 5. Students listen to the cheng-yu story - if possible on individual computers, at their own speed, practicing learning strategies.
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