Family Trees, Mandarin Chinese, Novice-Low

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Family Trees (Novice-Low)

In this activity, students will work together to interview one another to construct family trees. Students will pair off and ask one another a series of interview questions and draw their partner's family tree. Students will then introduce their partner's family to other classmates.

Keywords:

China, real-world practice, introductions, meeting new people, families, family trees, relationships, interviews, Chinese 

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can answer questions about who is in my family
  • I can name my family members, their ages, and their relationships to me
  • I can appropriately address members of a family who represent different generations and genders.

Relevant ACTFL World-Readiness Standards

National Standards for Chinese Language Learning:

  • Standard 1.1 - Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions in Chinese
  • Standard 1.3 - Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics
  • Standard 2.1 - Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures of the Chinese-speaking world
  • Standard 4.2 - Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of Chinese culture with their own
  • Standard 5.1 - Students use the Chinese language both within and beyond the school setting

Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • CLTR 1.1 - Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
  • COMP 1.1 - Observe formal and informal forms of language.
  • COMP 2.2 - Compare and contrast appropriate gestures and oral expressions in the target culture with the learner’s culture.
  • COMT 2.2 - Explore opportunities to use the target language for personal enrichment/professional advancement/communication skills

Materials Needed:

iPad or Computer (projector)

Whiteboards and markers

Family Tree Handouts

Warm-up

1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity and spend some time to review appearances.

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can answer questions about who is in my family
  • I can name my family members, their ages, and their relationships to me
  • I can appropriately address members of a family who represent different generations and genders.

2. Happy Chinese Ep 1. ( start @11:00-13:20) This video is spoken at a speed close to native-speaker speed and is a good review for terms for family members, as well as introducing family members to friends

Main Activity

  1. Students will pair off into small groups (2 or 3) and interview each other to find out how many members are in their families and the names of their family members. Each student group will be provided a copy of the family tree sheet. 

  2. The student interviewing their partner (or if in a group of 3 the student not interviewing/being interviewed) will draw the other students family tree as it is being described to them.

  3. After everyone has had the chance to draw their partners tree, the group will come back together and introduce their partner's family tree to the group

Example questions for students:

  • 你的家有几口人? How many people are in your family?
  • 你有哥哥/姐姐/弟弟/妹妹吗?Do you have any older brothers or sisters, or younger brothers or sisters?
  • 你妈妈有哥哥吗?你爸爸有妹妹吗? Does your mother have an older brother? Does your father have a younger sister?
  • 你的哥哥多大了?你的妹妹多大了?How old is your older brother? How old is your younger sister?

Wrap-up:

  1. Review terms for different family members and how to ask someone how many people are in their family

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can answer questions about who is in my family
  • I can name my family members, their ages, and their relationships to me
  • I can appropriately address members of a family who represent different generations and genders.


Where are we? Rate yourself on the weekly Can-Do Statements using this scale: I get it!, I got it!, I kind of get it..., I don't get it...
Can-DO_Statement_JoRhwRK.pngWhere are we? Rate yourself on the weekly Can-Do Statements using this scale: I get it!, I got it!, I kind of get it..., I don't get it...

Where are we? Rate yourself on the weekly Can-Do Statements using this scale: I get it!, I got it!, I kind of get it..., I don't get it...


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