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  • 'Let's Speak Chinese!' is designed for adult learners who have already finished basic pronunciation and vocabulary learning.

U26760521.jpg Needs and Learner Assessment


I interviewed several Chinese learners. One student in particular made me think seriously about the best way to organize the Chinese lesson.

The interviewee thought his Spanish learning was more effective than his Chinese learning. His Spanish teacher designed the lessons based on thematic topics. For example, when he taught emotion, he would give a cluster of words relating to emotion. In contrast, Chinese textbooks are arranged based on dialogs. Moreover, vocabulary is only based on dialog, so the words are not meaningfully related. Therefore, I designed this class around a thematic topic.

About the Learners

Since this lesson is for adult learners, I start the lesson with thematic vocabulary, which I later use as building blocks to build up phrases. These phrases I later used in cohesive dialoges which synthesize what they previously learned. Adult learners need explicit instruction and organized framework, so using this building block strategy will provide them with an efficient means of acquiring new knowledge and synthesiszing it for use.

Adult learners are goal-oriented, which means they prefer to learn the language as fast as possible. So the design of this class allows adult learners to quickly learn a related chunk of vocabulary which can be put into use immediately.

U15239777.jpg Performance objectives

  • Students will be able to use the vocabulary relating to food and drink to express their general feelings regarding various types of food, including asking and answering questions of that nature.
  • Students will be able to use the "你觉得.." sentence structure to ask about their friends' feelings regarding vaious things.
  • Students will be able to ask about their friends' preferences by using the "..还是.." sentence structure.

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  • Prerequisite Skills

Students should have already learned the pronunciation system and Pinyin.

Students should have already learned some basic vocabulary like 喜欢, 想要, etc.

Students should have already mastered how to use the declarative sentence structure.

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Lesson One: Vocabulary of Food and Drink

In this lesson:

  • Students will learn the vocabulary of food and drink.
  • Students will be able to recognize the new words when doing the practice exercises.
  • Students will know the vocabulary well enough to use it in the following lessons.


  • Exercises include flash cards and games, which will cement the learned vocabulary in the minds of the students.

Lesson Two: Fixed Expressions and Useful Phrases

In this lesson:

  • Students should be able to use the sentence structures of "觉得..." to express their feelings regarding food and drink.
  • Students should be able to use the “..还行..” structure to compare two options.


  • Asking and answering questions using the new sentence structures and vocabulary.
  • Translation from English to Chinese in order to increase students' familarity with the sentence structures and vocabulary.

Lesson Three: Conversation and Culture

Lesson 3 is an exercise lesson. In this lesson:

  • Students should be able to use the sentence structures and new vocabulary learned in lesson 1 and lesson 2 to make sense of the following conversations.
  • Students will synthesize and practice what they learned in the previous two lessons.

U15594866.jpg Curriculum Map

Let's Speak Chinese -- Curriculum Map

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