Here’s another opportunity to keep your kids’ skills fresh over the summer.
This half-day summer camp just so happens to be run by one of our council reps – AnnElise Xiao, the parent who started Chinese Corner!
Week-long sessions are held at the Dimple Dell Recreation and Fitness Center. Each week will have a theme. For example: One week we will talk about Animals and body parts M-Th. Then on Friday we will go visit the Zoo. The next week we will talk about food and on Friday visit a Chinese restaurant. The camp would start at 9 a.m. and run until noon. A sample day would look something like this:
9:00 Arrival/introductions/ self-start activity
9:15 group activity/ sing songs/ vocab review
9:45 lesson on new words and grammar.
10:30 snack & outside Activity
11:00 pair practice activity/ story time
11:30 cultural activity – Game or craft
12:00 clean-up/ go home
See “chinese summer school” link below for more information.
*Although I am listed as an instructor, the class will be taught by Linda Sun, a native speaker and trained elementary school teacher.
chinese summer school
Parent Workshop: Mandarin 101
Sarah Erwin, a parent at Lone Peak Elementary has put together a free, one-hour workshop on the basics: pinyin pronunciation, how to use a Chinese/English dictionary, parent-tested homework tips and more….
Where: Sandy Public Library
When: Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
AnneElise Xiao’s next Chinese Corner is on Saturday, Dec. 8th at 10:15 a.m. at the Sandy Library. The subject: asking for directions.
People have asked if these are always held in Sandy. The answer is, yes. But any parent can start their own Chinese Corner. Here’s how.
Chinese Corner Calendar
Dec 8 – Asking Directions
Dec 15 – No Class
Dec 22 – Asking For Help
Jan 5 – Taking about neighbors and Friends
Jan 19 – No Class
Jan 26 – Identifying People
Feb 9 – Talk about Language
(Happy Chinese new years!/ Spring festival)
Feb 23 – Talk about Activities
Mar 9 – Talking with friends
Mar 23 – Talking about the past
April 6 – Asking Questions (Qing Ming Festival)
April 20 – Measuring and comparing
May 4 – Asking for Help
May 18 – Talking about the Weather
June 1 – Marriage and Families
Jun 15 – Planning the future (Dragon boat Festival)
June 29 – Talk about Habits
Last Saturday a half-dozen Mandarin learners met at the Sandy Library to hone their language skills. It was serious business cloaked in fun and games.
The kids started by introducing themselves, their families, likes and dislikes. Then they broke into pairs and role-played with one pretending to be a teller at McDonald’s, and the other, a customer. I couldn’t understand a word of it, but loved watching them break into laughter when one of them ordered 100 hamburgers! Here’s how the twice-monthly event works:
All about Chinese Corner
By AnnElise Xiao
Chinese Corner is a free community activity where Chinese language learners gather to practice their speaking skills. Native speakers join the group to correct pronunciation and answer questions. Students benefit by practicing what they learned in class in a relaxed, conversational environment with peers. They make new friends, improve their social and listening skills and stretch their vocabulary.
Chinese corner is adopted from the “English Corner” tradition in China where high school and college students gather in a library or park after classes to take their English for a spin. The subject matter is chosen by participants, but content from classroom textbooks can be put to use. The experiences boosts students’ proficiency and gives them the confidence they need to use their second language in public.
The meetings usually start with a game or get-to-know-you activity, followed by a brief lecture by a native speaker who introduces a topic for discussion to get the conversation flowing. Students then break into smaller groups, according to age or fluency level.
Utah Chinese Corner meets every other Saturday for an hour starting at 10:15 a.m. at the Sandy Public Library (10100 Petunia Way Sandy, UT 84092). The next event will be Nov. 17. Come join us!
Questions? Email AnnElise Xiao