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Teaching Foreign Languages K–12

A Library of Classroom Practices

Exploring New Directions

Video Summary
In this lesson, students in Chinese II-IV work on the theme "directions." The class begins by reviewing the previous day's vocabulary, then practices writing characters. Next, Chinese II and Chinese III students work together in groups: The Chinese III students in each group describe local restaurants to prepare for a restaurant review project, while the Chinese II students use a map to practice giving directions to the restaurants. Meanwhile, Chinese IV students prepare and present a dramatic interpretation of two poems to the class. Finally, the whole class reads and interprets a portion of a poem that contains "directions" vocabulary, and then watches a filmed, musical performance of the poem.

Standards Addressed


Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational


Practices, Products


Making Connections, Acquiring Information

Key Terms
authentic materials
character dictation
heritage speaker
proficiency level

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Classroom at a Glance
Teacher: Haiyan Fu
Language: Mandarin Chinese II-IV
Grades: 9-12
School: Northside College Preparatory High School, Chicago, Illinois
Lesson Date: January 15
Class Size: 19
Schedule: Block schedule, 96 minutes twice a week

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