Diane N

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United States - Iowa
Diane N
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Seeking to create materials that help Chinese teachers make Chinese comprehensible and enjoyable to their students.
 
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By Diane N
Brain break: a brief change of pace during class that often allows students some physical movement as well as a diversion from class instruction. For Chinese classes, I like to use brain breaks that maintain a Chinese theme whenever possible. I
Subjects:
Chinese
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
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By Diane N
This Word document contains words useful in "reports" around various topics: date & time, weather, fashion, sports, lunch, and other lists of topically-related vocabulary. I ask the students questions and point to a document on screen that lists
Subjects:
Chinese
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons
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This is a 4- to 5-day lesson plan with reading material that was designed for novice-level Chinese classes at the beginning of their experience with Chinese language. The teaching approach might be described as comprehension-based and communicative,
Subjects:
Chinese
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
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By Diane N
This file has ready-to-print, large 120-pt font words in Chinese (simplified script) with their English meanings. Pinyin is sometimes included on phrases and words I expect the students may want to use before they hear it enough to acquire it. There
Subjects:
Chinese
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Posters, Word Walls, Printables
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This file has ready-to-print,large 120-pt font question words in Chinese (simplified script) with their English meanings. No pinyin is displayed. For example: 什么 what 谁 who 几点 at what timeThe page format is for printing on 11 by 17 inch "ledger"
Subjects:
Chinese
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Posters, Word Walls, Printables
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By Diane N
This Word document includes three versions of the well-known Tang dynasty poem 静夜思: Chinese character, pinyin, and my English translation. Paper size is set to "Ledger" (11 inches by 17 inches) so it can be printed and easily displayed on the
Subjects:
Poetry, Chinese
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Posters, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught Mandarin Chinese to grades 4-12. I have also taught adult classes in person and online. My students generally do not have a heritage Chinese background, so I teach Mandarin Chinese mainly to non-native speakers from zero beginners through Intermediate Low ability. I have been teaching since 2006. In 2017, I began a PhD program in Foreign Language and ESL Education at the University of Iowa.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Teaching with Comprehensible Input, including methodologies such as TPR, TPRS, and MovieTalk. I believe that language fluency develops as students hear and read messages in the target language which they can understand, so I focus class time on co-creating interesting conversations and readings with my students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Participant in Intensive Summer Languages Institute sponsored by American Councils, 2012. ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test - July 2013 Advanced High ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview - August 2012 Advanced Mid

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Wittenberg University, B.A. in East Asian Studies, 1995. Trinity International University, M.A.R., 2000. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction license earned 2014. University of Iowa student earning PhD in Foreign Language and ESL Education (probably finishing in 2021 or 2022).

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I enjoy opportunities to present about Chinese language teaching and language teaching more generally, and have done so at iFLT, The Agen Workshop, Central States Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, ACTFL's national convention, and state-level conferences.

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