“May You Become Prosperous through Education, this Chinese New Year!” written by Norma Flores and available on digital download at teacherspayteachers.com, is a 9 page Oral Communication and Pronunciation Lesson that features the poem entitled, “We Say, “Gung Hay Fah Choy!” And gives color coded instructions on how to pronounce the contrasting gliding vowels
[ eɪ ] as in USA & [ ɑɪ ] as in USI on Page 2.
Page 3 contains “Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion of Student’s Values.” Page 4 is the [ eɪ ] Tense Front Gliding Vowel and [ ɑɪ ] Mid-Central Gliding Vowel Pronunciation Assessment form with which students may take turns pronouncing, assessing and giving each other interactive feedback.
Page 5 lists, “Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing
[ eɪ ] Tense Front Gliding Vowel and [ɑɪ ] Mid-Central Gliding Vowel Pronunciation. These standards for speaking and listening were agreed upon by the National Communication Association Task Force on Speaking and Listening Skills of which the author, Norma Landa Flores was a contributing participant. Page 6-9, is the Appendix with Suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator to more easily teach an oral communication lesson creating relevancy due to the Education & Chinese New Year’s Day theme.
This material is suitable for students in grades 5-12, Migrant Ed., Ethnically & Culturally Diverse Students and Students At Risk.
In addition, the content is very helpful for any age level student learning English as a Second Language or for Special Needs students having difficulty pronouncing [ eɪ ] and [ ɑɪ ] . “May You Become Prosperous through Education, this Chinese New Year! ” encourages verbal communication, cooperation and oral collaboration. You can order it by visiting: teacherspayteachers.com and entering “Oral Communication” in their Search window.
Felíz Año Nuevo, Gung Hay Fah Choi, Happy, Prosperous, Sweetly Educated New Year and May You Live Many more in a world full of Peace, Harmony and Goodwill to all Human Beings especially Ethnically & Culturally Diverse Americans! And don’t forget, the Chinese Proverbs, “Teachers open the door. But you must enter yourself,” and “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner every where!”