Trust me, I've been there. I know how time-consuming and exhausting it is to provide authentic Chinese names to all your Chinese students. No worries, I just came up with a brilliant plan! All you have to do is to be the editor. You do final edits with the names your students come up by using this post HERE.
What to do?
Start by sending students home to ask their parents how they got their name. Then, the next class, have students read the post HERE in class and follow the instructions on the page. Pass out 5x8 index cards to each student and have them write the following:
Ask students to provide 2 Chinese name options. Once everyone is finished, collect all the flashcards and make the final decision for your students.
Making Giant Name Tags
I like to type up all the Chinese names on one document. Providing Pinyin for the students next to each character can help them pronounce their Chinese name better. They would probably butcher it, but at least they are trying. I use this resource HERE to install tone typing tool on my computer.
Start Using the Chinese Names
After you pass out all the name tags, ask students to keep it in their binder at all times! They will need it to write their Chinese names on all the work they turn in to you in addition to their English name. Eventually, expect students to write their name from memory. Maybe that could be a 10 point quiz grade?
Also, start calling students by their Chinese names so they can get used to hearing them and hopefully saying the names correctly!
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1. Assign this video HERE for homework
Let students know that this video is all in Chinese and remind them not to worry about understanding every single word in the video.
2. Next class, have students share answers
You can either ask for volunteers or divide students into groups and discuss the storyline among themselves.
3. Have a group discussion on the tools students use to understand the video
The main purpose of this is to let students know that they don't necessarily have to know every single word in the video in order to understand the plot. This is to encourage students to not be afraid of any unknowns when it comes to communication. There are other ways to communicate!
4. Ask students to read this post HERE about Qingming Festival
This post talks about Qingming in depth.
5. Finally, use the following questions to facilitate a group discussion