MovieTalk for Chinese class: "Lost on Journey" 《人在囧途》

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Using Dr. Ashley Hastings' MovieTalk approach, these materials can be used for an up-to-6-week unit based on the popular Chinese film, "Lost on Journey" 《人在囧途》。In addition to MovieTalk listening comprehension work, I have developed reading materials to add literacy elements to use of the film. I recommend using these materials and adapting them to Chinese language classes with 3+ years of middle school Chinese, or at least 2 years of high school Chinese classes. University students would enjoy this unit as well!

I developed this unit over 5 years of using the movie with classes from grade 8 through 12. The movie has been very popular with students, and has many elements: it's both funny and sad, and touches on themes of modern Chinese life including marriage, family life, Chinese New Year, and differences between the countryside and big cities. It's easy to teach the pop song 回家过年 and a Confucian saying along the way.

Materials include props to use in class, vocabulary charts, PowerPoint files with screenshots, and a variety of activities to build aural and reading comprehension. I have included a sample quiz that could be used as a final assessment. Files are labeled based on 6 sections of the film, each comprising about 15 min of actual film time, but useful for about 4-5 days of class time. I have blogged about this process at http://tprsforchinese.blogspot.com/2014/12/movietalk-lost-on-journey.html I highly recommended reading the post before using these materials.

Teachers using these materials will want to survey materials first for their own students' comprehension level and adapt vocabulary accordingly. Teachers will also benefit from experience conducting class discussions using Circling questions and Read and Discuss. For help with those skills, I recommend resources on TPRS teaching, especially watching videos of other teachers in class. (My channel on YouTube includes some: search YouTube for Diane Neubauer.) For help with MovieTalk specifically, see: http://glesismore.com/movietalk/preview.html

For a video showing about 16 minutes of a class period on their second day of this unit, and their first day watching part of the movie, please see my YouTube video at: https://youtu.be/h707dWqAGIc

Another example of using this film for MovieTalk can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rcMy-6Svj0

~ Diane Neubauer (Diane N store)
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MovieTalk for Chinese class: "Lost on Journey" 《人在囧途》
MovieTalk for Chinese class: "Lost on Journey" 《人在囧途》
MovieTalk for Chinese class: "Lost on Journey" 《人在囧途》
MovieTalk for Chinese class: "Lost on Journey" 《人在囧途》
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