Registration will open from February 6, 2017 - February 10, 2017, or until classes are full.
About the program:
Free after-school foreign language classes for Mann students
Classes meet after school, once a week at Mann
Spring 2017 session is 8 classes long, beginning the week of 2/20/17 (no classes held during spring break)
Spring 2017 class options
Chinese for grades 3-6 (Tuesdays after school, class limit of 12 students)
Spanish for grades 1-3 (Wednesdays after school, class limit of 12 students)
Spanish for grades 4-6 (Thursdays* after school, class limit of 12 students)
*Due to teacher availability, Spanish for grades 4-6 will be offered on Thursdays, not on Wednesdays as previously indicated
Chinese Program Curriculum
The theme for this unit is color. Students will learn the Chinese terms for basic colors, and will participate in cultural activities related to the colors they are studying.
Lesson 1: Introductions In our first lesson, we did some getting-to-know-you activities and learned a short introductory dialogue in Chinese. Students practiced the dialogue as a whole group, in small groups, and in pairs, and learned a song to help them remember the new language. We started an anchor chart titled "How do we learn a language?" and recorded that we can learn through practice, making mistakes, songs, and games. Students shared observations about similarities and differences between Chinese and English. They noted that Chinese uses characters, has tones, and that there are no spaces between the words in written Chinese, but that Chinese still uses the same punctuation marks as English.
Lesson 2: Color vocabulary In our second lesson, we learned the Chinese words for red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. We used games to practice the new vocabulary, with the reminder that mistakes are a part of learning something new. Students looked closely at the pinyin (the romanization system used in the PRC to write Chinese words using letters) for these words, especially the tone markings. We looked at some images related to Chinese New Year traditions. Students paid attention to which color is especially significant during Chinese New Year celebrations (the color red), and made connections between Chinese New Year traditions and holiday traditions they celebrate at home.
Lesson 3: Color and clothes In this lesson, we reviewed color vocabulary and learned the Chinese words for purple, black, white, and brown. Students also learned how to say "I'm wearing..." and "He/she is wearing..." to make sentences about the colors in our clothes. We looked at Chinese school uniforms and identified the colors we saw in the pictures.
Lesson 4: Color and clothes review, character writing In this lesson, we reviewed color vocabulary and how to talk about what we and others are wearing. Students practiced writing some Chinese characters, and learned about how each part of the character has to be written in the correct order and in the correct direction.
Lesson 5: I like/I don't like... In today's class we learned how to talk about things that we like and don't like. Students chose a color and used Chinese to survey their classmates about whether they liked that color or not. They used Chinese to report back to the rest of the class about what they learned. At the end of class, we watched a short video of a Chinese painter creating a traditional Chinese painting, and explored using the water writing paper again.
Lesson 6: Color expressions We started this lesson by reviewing "I like..." and "I don't like..." Students played a memory game to practice this phrase in the third person. We worked in groups to brainstorm color expressions in English and their meanings - students thought of expressions like "Out of the blue" and "Red as a beet." We watched a video about color expressions in Chinese. Students worked with a partner to guess what each expression might mean, and then watched the video to find out the real meaning.
Instructor Liz Willmore has a MA in Elementary Education and a K-6 teaching license. She lived and taught in southern China for 5 years. She studied Chinese for two semesters at Guangzhou’s Sun Yat Sen University Chinese as a Foreign Language Program and at the University of Iowa.
Spanish Program Curriculum (Grades 1-3)
The theme for this unit is everyday conversation. Our goal is to be able to ask and answer basic questions in Spanish and to grow a love for the beautiful language and cultures.
Lesson 1: Introductions and What You Like Our first lesson covered how to ask someone's name in Spanish as well as answer the question. Students used the phrases: 'Como te llamas?' and 'Me llamo________.' Students practiced this in partners. After that, students were taught how to say if they liked or did not like something. They used the phrases: 'Me gusta' and 'No me gusta.' They were shown pictures of different kinds of food and decided if they liked or disliked it. They then drew pictures of various objects under 'Me gusta' or 'No me gusta.' We spent the rest of class outside playing with a parachute. Students' names were called as well as an object, food, or activity and students had to shout: 'Me gusta!' or 'No me gusta!' They would then run back to their spots. It was a beautiful day!
Lesson 2: Likes/Dislikes and Food Our second lesson was a review and expansion on the first lesson. Learners felt comfortable using the two phrases from the previous week: 'Me gusta/No me gusta.' We added 'Me encanta!' which means 'I love it!' and 'Me gusta un poco' which means 'I like it a little bit.' We put these phrases together with food items. Students practiced words for cheese, bread, apple, grapes, tomato, pasta, and rice. Cheese- Queso Bread- Pan Apple- Manzana Grapes- Uvas Tomato- Tomate Pasta- Pasta (they loved how it is the same thing!) Rice- Arroz We played some fun games with this new vocabulary and are creating a song as a class to go with what has been learned. On Wednesday, I will send home some vocabulary so Spanish learners can practice at home and show you what they are learning! :)
Lessons 3 and 4: Colors Students learned the Spanish words for black, white, blue, red, green, yellow, and orange. Black- Negro White- Blanco Blue- Azul Red- Rojo Green- Verde Yellow- Amarillo Orange- Anaranjado Students are learning a color song which also focuses on jobs people can have. Here is the link to the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsRKoZGaoEM
Instructor Raquel Elijah is an ELL teacher at Mann Elementary. She works with students from 1st-6th grade. She has a B.A. in Communication Studies, Spanish, K-12 Foreign Language Education, and an endorsement in ELL. Her family is Colombian and she enjoys visiting Colombia, South America during her summers. She is passionate about the Spanish language and the various cultures that accompany it and is excited to share that with young learners!