Sep 12th, 2007, 11:14 am
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Join Date: Mar 28th, 2007
Location: Hunan, China
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Well, last semester was my first semester teaching at a Chinese college. I'd taught at language schools in Taiwan and Hawaii before that. Basically, I was MUCH too ambitious. Students here have no concept of critical thinking, projects, doing homework, etc. So, I've really scaled things back to basics for this semester.
One thing that I've done so far that's really working well is doing a bunch of related tasks to cover the same (or similar) content in a variety of ways. I just recorded a podcast about that, actually. For example, I have students read something for HW and write a response. Then, they share their responses, first in pairs and then as a class. I next came up with listening activity that dealt with the same type of content, followed by a discussion, followed by a roleplay. Finally, I took questions on their textbook. All of this was based around the idea of introducing China to a foreign tourist.
I'm going to keep tweaking this approach over the course of the semester (with different content, of course) and I think it will work better than the more ambitious projects I had students do last time.
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