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1 American Elements Adapted for Chinese Classrooms OFLTA Spring Conference Program Zhang Hong zhanghong591114@gmail.com

2 Overview Purpose Principles Applications Adaptation Reflection

3 Purpose & Principles 1.Access prior knowledge. 2.Make learning more relevant. 3. Create a student-centered class. 4.Culture connection and mutual respect.

4 Application Songs Translate American songs directly: Eg: Hello; Mary had a Little Lamb; We Wish You a Merry Christmas; Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes, etc Use familiar melody and rhythm: Eg: The ABCs; Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; Brother John; Oh My Darling Clementine

5 Application Class activities Simon Says; Flyswatter, Jeopardy, Tic-Tac-Toe, etc Guesstures & its adaptation.

6 Guesstures is an American game based on Charades but played at a faster pace. This Chinese adaptation --- is a fun way to review vocabulary. It can enrich students of different learning styles. Guesstures

7 Materials: A Guessture device & home-made cards with vocabulary words. Object: Students act out words in the cards for their teammates to guess. No talking, sign language or sound effects. The team to guess the most acted-out words is the winner. Game Rules: ( Handout)

8 Adaptation Without the Guessture device, any timing device will work. For those who dont feel comfortable to act, Pictionary is a great alternative. For advanced learners, Taboo is a good adaptation.

9 Reflections Establish yourself as a final judge to avoid argument; Allow everybody opportunities by assigning performance order; Enforce clearly stated guidelines for the games.


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