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Three stages to advance oral conversation in foreign language 三個階段精進外語對話

Three stages to advance oral conversation in foreign language 三個階段精進外語對話

The most important goal of learning a second language is to develop a “successful” communication with people who speak that language. There are some elements that contribute to a successful communication. The most important elements are efficiency and accuracy, especially when you want to pass the information/knowledge through the conversation. For beginner, listening and speaking are expected to be the starting points, allowing learners to use (or practice) the second language in daily-life situation. Here are three stages that may give you a clear picture on making progress in improving oral conversational skills. You may also use the stages to evaluate your current language proficiency in oral conversation:.

1. Narration and description: Participate in a simple conversation by asking and answering questions

Use words or short sentence to narrate or describe things/events happen in past, present and future. This is the basic stage for second language learners. In order to narrate or describe a thing/event, a learner is not required to use sophisticate sentence structures or grammatically-correct sentence but he/she needs to capture the topic, purpose and key information of the conversation, for example, if the conversation is launched to discuss about “school life”, the learner should be able to use words and sentences related to the topic like books, teachers, reading, classroom, boring, exciting, etc.

2. Report and instructions: narrate, describe, compare in all time frames

Move to this stage, learners will gain advance skills in narrating, describing or offering instructions with the information they have. To practice for this stage, imagining you are reporting news on TV. You not only need to use words to describe but you have to tell people more details like where, when, who, what, how in chorionic orders. You may need to use more sentences and sometimes transition words between the sentences to deliver the information in a conversation. To enhance oral conversational skills in this stage, learners will be trained to organize the information and get familiar with the usage of transition words/sentences in the discourse.

3. Hypothesize and abstractions: discuss concrete/abstract issues and extend conversation.

In this stage, learners are expected to give assumptions and predictions to support their statements. Learners that aim to reach this state need to practice discussing concrete and abstract issues and handling a linguistically unfamiliar situation. For example. in your opinion, what is the place and the importance of reading in contemporary life? What needs to be noted is that the tasks in this stage is for adults since younger speakers don’t necessarily have the conceptual abilities required.

The tips and strategies provided here are more applicable for learners who already have some basic skills in second language. (Reference taken from ACTFL).

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World universities ranking 2021: time to learn Mandarin Chinese 世界大學排名告訴我們的事:學好中文,機會更多

World universities ranking 2021: time to learn Mandarin Chinese 世界大學排名告訴我們的事:學好中文,機會更多

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 include more than 1,500 universities across 93 countries and regions, which evaluation is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Among the top 100 higher education institutes in World University Rankings 2021, US, with no doubt, take most of the seats in the top 10. However, more and more Asian universities have entered the topic 100 ranking, especially those in China. According to THE, The University of Oxford tops the rankings for the fifth consecutive year, while mainland China’s Tsinghua University becomes the first Asian university to break into the top 20 under the current methodology (launched in 2011).

THE top 10 world universities rankings 2021

It is worth to note that this rankings may not be able to fully cover all the criteria and standards that assess an institute’s education nor can it be serve as the ‘best’ guide for student when they are making decisions. However, this ranking report is definitely the reference that can provide some solid information for both the students and educators to take into consideration. As we mentioned above, more Asian colleges have received good scores in recent years, indicating greater progressions and better academic performance that have been achieved in the higher education institutes at Asia. The Asian universities that are ranked in top 100 in 2021 are:

From the rankings, we can see that China is a black horse in world education. Countries like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan also have enormous potential in achieving advanced education in the future. You may check the full list and all the THE rankings here: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2021/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats

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New year, new semester: let’s do yoga 新年新學期,一起做瑜伽吧!

New year, new semester: let’s do yoga 新年新學期,一起做瑜伽吧!

As we move to a brand new year and a brand new semester, how do you or your children feel? Some people are excited, some are anxious, some are stressful. It is very normal if adults and children have complicated feelings about a brand new start. The emotions usually come from the adaptation to new challenges and transitions. Doing yoga may help to release the pressure and anxiety.

1. Breathing practice

Practice breathing with your children is fun. Sit on the mat and cross your legs. First, put your hands on the tommy and inhale through the nose for 3 seconds (count to three in your mind)! Hold it for 3 seconds (count to three again)! Good job! Then exhale through your nose for 3 seconds (slowly and gently). Next, put your hand on your head and do a second round of the breathing. You can close your eyes and feel the energy flow in your body, from head to toe.

Image derived from Yoga In My School

2. Cat pose

Meow! Doing cat pose can help you to release the pressure in your upper back and lower back as it stretch your core. It can also help to avoid muscle pain brought by a long time of sitting (as many of the people do class or work online)

Image derived from Yoga Holism

3. Dog pose

Bow-wow! The best way to stretch your legs and your gluteus. Keep breathing in and out slowly when doing the movement. Keep your body soft and feel the power from your core.

Image derived from Stylecraze

4. Snake pose

For the first step, lay on your stomach for a while. Next, slowly lift your head, arms and upper body. You may lift your foots as well if you want. Hold your position for as long as you want…and put down your foots, arms, upper body, head to the ground again.

Image derived from YOGATEKET

5. Butterfly pose

Butterfly pose can stretch our inner thigh, hips and lower back. It will release the tension at the lower body, smoothing the rigid muscle from long time sitting or standing.

Image derived from YogiApproved

6. Just simply stretch… in any ways you want

Stretch and breath. Calm your mind. Think about something that makes you happy: family, food, music, a trip, a piece of memory, a book, a good movie, a joke, a place you want to visit, a best friend, people you love. Then, high five with your children. You are awesome!

幼兒學律動 | 動物好朋友 | 兒童舞蹈 | Body Movement & Rhymes- Animals

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If kids don’t clean up… 孩子不愛收拾,怎麼辦?

If kids don’t clean up… 孩子不愛收拾,怎麼辦?

Do you have a hard time asking your children to clean up the toys after they playing with it? Do the children always make a mess with their personal items? It is challenging for many of the parents to build up younger children’s responsibility to their toys, books, school supplies and other personal belongs. Our preschool teacher provided some suggestions and tips for the parents regarding such situation:

1. Clean up in fun ways!

For example, when cleaning up, parents can tell the children: “how about we clean up your toys a little bit differently today…let’s put stuff with the same colors (or shapes) together!” Another way is making clean-up a game, like a race, for instance. Parents can tell the young children: “let’s have a race and see who can clean up faster!” You can even created a “clean-up song” that can sing with the kids when they cleaning up their toys in school. Motivate children to clean up through some creative and fun activities can also increase interaction between the family members.

2. Communicate with your children

Talk with the kids. Instead of overly pushing them or forcing them to clean up, discussing about “responsibility” and “empathy” with them is relatively important for young children to develop good daily routine. Parents may share some stories, news, and experience with the kids, guiding them to understand the benefits of doing so and then slowly turn it into a everyday practice. Here is a video of the EQ story that focus on cleaning up and valuing our personal stuff:

3. Let kids help with house work

Assigning some simple housework, such as folding clothes, wiping table, washing fruits, watering plants, to your children can provide great opportunities for them to learn about helping others, being more independent and being responsible to the environment they live at. Doing those works is also beneficial for the development of fine motor skills (which involves smaller muscle group movements) in early childhood education.

Learn Chinese & enjoy holiday movies with your kids 闔家過節看電影學中文

Learn Chinese & enjoy holiday movies with your kids 闔家過節看電影學中文

Holiday season is here! Are you getting tired of the old-school and cliché holiday movies? Here are a couple of Chinese films we recommend for you and your kids to watch together. They may not be directly related to Christmas or New Year but they are very inspiring and will definitely bring a good time to your family. More importantly, they also serve as helpful resources for children to learn Chinese! Start your movie-picking now!

1. 長江7號 CJ7 (2008)

Language: Cantonese & Mandarin Chinese

Length: 89 mins

The main character, Ti, visits the junkyard and finds a strange green orb. He later takes it home and told his son, Dicky, that it is a new toy. The following evening, the green orb transforms into a cuddly alien creature that befriends Dicky. After playing with the alien, he names the alien “CJ7”.

2. 小猫巴克里 Barkley The Cat (2017)

Language: Mandarin Chinese

Length: 88 mins

Barkley and his animal friends have adventures in the city of Tainan. Although they occasionally have arguments, they learn how to overcome difficult situations. They need to break the lies from a con artist and find the way home.

3. 西遊記之大聖歸來 Monkey King: Hero is Back (2015)

Language: Mandarin Chinese

Length: 85 mins

This movie adapted from a classic Chinese novel-Journey to the West. The boy monk accidentally saves the Monkey King, Sun Wukong, from being locked by the Buddha. Sun Wukong and the boy monk start their journey and rescue the little girl who is kidnapped by the monster.

4. 閃光少女 Our Shining Days (2017)

Language: Mandarin Chinese

Length: 100 mins

In a music school, the students of Chinese orchestra and Classical orchestra don’t get along with each other. So the students who learn Chinese orchestra decides to host a concert to demonstrate the beauty of traditional Chinese orchestra.

5. 志氣 Step Back to Glory (2013)

Language: Mandarin Chinese

Length: 125 mins

Based on a true story in Taiwan, this is an inspiring movie that talks about the journey and challenge of the tug-of-war team at Jingmei Girls’ High School. The girls have been through all the difficulties to win the world championship.

6. 你好泡泡-聖誕節 NH Bubble-Merry Christmas

Language: Mandarin Chinese

Length: 5 mins

Christmas is around the corner. Fu and Chi did something special for this holiday. Santa wrote a letter to them. Let’s see what is in the letter.

Indicator or myth: global ranking of performance in math, science and reading? 指標?迷思?美國學生閱讀和數理全球排名

Indicator or myth: global ranking of performance in math, science and reading? 指標?迷思?美國學生閱讀和數理全球排名

What are the global ranking of American students’ reading, math and science skills? What does the ranking indicate? How can we improve children’s academic performance?

PISA (The Programme for International Student Assessment), an international standardized test that is used to examine math, science and reading skills (with focus on math) on 15-years-old students, is administered every three years in industrialized countries by OCED (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).

“Since 2000, PISA has shown that education systems can provide both high-quality instruction and equitable learning opportunities for all, and that they can support academic excellence in an environment that also nurtures students’ well-being. PISA shows what countries are doing to support their students and provides an opportunity for countries to learn from each other” (PISA 2018)

The result shows…

According to the outcomes of PISA 2018, the four provinces/municipalities of China – Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang (B-S-J-Z), outperformed other countries/cities and got the highest scores in reading, math and science. Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, Canada, Finland, Estonia, Korea and Taiwan also got good scores and surpasses many countries.

The United States performed well in reading. However, US students’ performance in science and math (especially math) was not very ideal, comparing with countries like Singapore, Japan, Korea, Estonia, New Zealand, Germany, etc.

PISA 2108 Reading scores

PISA 2018 Math scores

PISA 2018 Science scores

Our perspective

We do not agree that PISA should be viewed as the tool or criterion to measure students’ knowledge and success since there are some factors that are not covered nor be taken into consideration in PISA. However, to some degree, the outcomes could be seen as the indicators of how could we improve the education. More importantly, math, science and reading are three major subjects that greatly contribute to children’s cognitive development and could possibly help teenagers to get better achievement in college level.

On one hand, there are some flaws in PISA as well. Hence, it would be hard to evaluate a country’s education and academic performance solely rely on the test scores. Moreover, the four provinces in eastern China are far from representing China as a whole. On the other hand, it is likely that the test results could be used as a reference through the comparison with other countries. In that way, maybe we can ‘learn from other countries’ strength’ and make our education better!
Reference: PISA 2018- Insights and Interpretations

動手玩科學和數學,STEM訓練從幼兒教育開始

Play with math and science — Develop STEM skills from early childhood education

讓孩子贏在起跑點,Ni Hao Chinese線上幼兒園STEM班,每週兩天,強調數學與科學能力,促進孩子邏輯推理能力與左腦開發
Afternoon Online STEM Preschool Program with special focus on Math and Science. Two days a week to reinforce kids’ logic and left brain development.

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幼兒自然科學 | 感知啟蒙學前教育 | Science

幼兒數學認知 | 數與量概念學習 | Math | Kids

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