Teaching Chinese in America

I am Li Xiaochen, a Chinese teacher from Confucius Institute of SCSU. And now I am teaching K-2 Chinese at Mississippi Heights Elementary School.

我叫李笑琛,是来自圣克劳德州立大学孔子学院的中文老师,目前在Mississippi Heights Elementary School教授幼儿园至小学二年级阶段的中文课。

To teach  Chinese language and Chinese culture to people from different backgrounds is one of my life goals, because  I truly believe Chinese culture intelligently shadows enlightenment over people worldwide and advantages could be taken by both sides, the learner and the teacher.

中国文化对现代世界文化的启蒙作用不言而喻,因此向来自于不同文化背景的人讲授中文和中国文化是我一直以来的梦想。这样的文化传播,对于学习者和教授者都有不容小觑的作用。

Pupils are believed to be the most talented learners of language for their openness to all things new. It has been proved that they are eager to learn Chinese and are the greatest participants in class activities. They would like to try Chinese way of greeting and question a lot about Chinese things when any picture about China is displayed on active board. In addition, some parents are glad that their kids could learn something different from their native culture, which prepares the kids for cultural diversity and global awareness.

一直以来,小学生都被认为是最具有语言天赋的群体,因此他们对于所有的新鲜事物都充满好奇和开放的心态。这一切在中文课堂上已经得到了证实。他们乐于使用中文向老师问好,并且在看到任何一副关于中国的图片时都积极发问。同时,很多学生的父母也都认为学习一种新的语言有利于他们的孩子更好的接受文化多样化以及培养他们的全球意识。

Challenges go with teaching, and to keep kids all focused in class is absolutely the biggest one. A variety of teaching methods towards elementary school should be taken into consideration. Some games, pictures, videos and apps are productive in class activity and management, which are the best part I have learned in the first couple of weeks.

教学总是伴随着挑战。如果让学生在课堂上保持注意力是在目前阶段最大的挑战。因此,就需要老师专门学习针对于小学阶段的教学法。游戏,图片,视频和应用软件在课堂上都是非常有效的手段,这也是从开学到现在对于我个人来说最大的收获。

 

 

 

 

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