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A Course Design for Teaching Chinese with Picture Books for Children
Teaching Chinese as a Second Language,Teaching Children Chinese as a Second Language,storytelling,picture books,Chinese Conversation Teaching for Children,
|Publication Year :||2018|
The aim of this study is to propose a course design about applying picture books to the teaching of Chinese for children. By following the design, teachers can use the pictures to raise children’s learning motivation and encourage them to communicate with others. Children can learn how to organize thoughts, express their own ideas and tell their own stories through the practices so as to improve their conversational skill.
Based on former research, “story-reading” helps language learners to learn grammar and reinforce language sensitivity; “storytelling” helps learners to expand their vocabulary and improve their communication skills. Teachers can lead learners to use appropriate vocabularies and grammars, organize and present their thoughts, by using storyboard, re-telling and performing stories.
This article also lists the characteristics of picture books, according to the Principles of Compiling Second Language Materials and the Principles of Translating Children Picture Books, to help teachers choose the suitable picture books to enhance the learning experience of children.
After carrying out this design in a short term program in Mandarin Daily News Language Center in Taipei, Taiwan, I found that picture books really help children to organize the details of the pictures they have learned and to use oral and body language to present their stories. After practicing, I also adjusted some strategies to build a better teaching plan for establishing a model.
Based on these findings, I concluded that such design proved that picture books to be a great tool for teaching Chinese and developing children’s cognitive and language skills. And it also introduces an efficient way to use the picture books in teaching children conversation in Chinese.
I hope that teachers can use picture books with a set of effective teaching models in addition to a limited number of Chinese language teaching materials through this teaching design. The study can provide more instructional references for current Chinese teaching for children.
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