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This interdisciplinary lesson combines Spanish language, history, art, and cultural studies. Students annotate historical moments contained in an authentic text (Renau’s mural). By the end of the semester, students will have generated a complete timeline of the events studied in class. Students also create their own artwork related to another moment in history and add it to the timeline.
Unlike Roman letters, Chinese characters are hieroglyphic, which makes it easy as well as difficult to learn. Learning the characters of Chinese cities, students can get some sense of the hieroglyphic aspect of the Chinese characters. More importantly, students learn about the characteristics, amazing natural scenery, fantastic human creations, renowned landmarks or histories of each of the important cities in China. Creative designer Shi Changhong from Southwest China's Guizhou province has designed a set of artistic provincial and urban logos while integrating Chinese characters and local specialties.
This in-class activity guides students through the process of planning an imaginary vacation in France, using the home exchange website Abritel. Students explore Abritel's various vacation housing options, including beachside cottages, chalets, or even rooms in private castles. Using a worksheet, students complete a variety of tasks, describing the location they chose, and imagining what they will do during their holiday.
Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that allows students to compete as individuals or groups by answering multiple-choice questions. In this elementary lesson on Chinese festivals, Kahoot! was used as an assessment tool at the end of the class period. It requires students to bring laptops, tablets. or mobile phones that connected to the Internet. The objective of using Kahoot! in this lesson is to have students review their new knowledge about Chinese culture, while the instructor receives immediate feedback about the students’ learning gains.