September 2019

5 Compelling Reasons to Join #CIMW19

The fourth annual Comprehensible Input Midwest will be held at University School of Milwaukee on 9/28/19, the pre and post conference workshops will be hosted at Hilton Milwaukee.  Six days to go!  Here are 5 compelling reasons to consider and join #CIMW19!   5. We care. CIMW is found by a group of passionate educators and second language "parents"!  We care what we do and how we teach impact on our next generations.  We all share a version of creating a world of multilinguals.  Beyond the classroom, we care how our lifestyle affects the world we live in.  We care...

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Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival In A CI Way

Zhōngqīujié, Mid-Autumn Festival, is around the corner.  As the second largest celebrated traditional holiday in China, it is often widely introduced in schools.  The obvious challenge, linguistically for Zhōngqīujié, is that it is a fall holiday.  It usually happens shortly after school resumes.  Novice level students are not ready to hear the legend in Chinese using traditional teaching method.  Even higher level students, who could comprehend jargons, loaded idioms, proverbs and citation of ancient poems?  If only making it into tasting mooncakes, making art crafts or reciting ancient poems, it seems to be superficial.  Therefore, I received quite a few...

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Our Shining Days – Part 1: Movie Analysis

Alice Wang, a Chinese teacher from Indiana, shared a clip of Our Shining Days with me and asked me how I would use it in class.  After watching it, I liked it.  Unlike many other youth movies in China, which often takes on the lack of sex education in Chinese tradition.  They often depict hormonal driven and horny teens to engage in experiential learning of sex.  As a consequences, quite few female leads, in the film, always end up with an abortion and abandonment by her lover.  Tragedy!!! Main Plot: Our Shining Days take on a relevant and pressing challenge:...

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Peek Into Future Through “American Factory”

Back in 2008, GM closed one of its assembly plants in Dayton, Ohio.  It casted a devastating impact on more than 2,400 blue collar automobile workers' lives.  Years later, many of these people still struggle with unemployment, healthcare and/or a place to be called "own" to stay... Due to many obstacles standing in their path: aging, no education, lack professional skills for a modern economy... maybe self doubt, frustration or depression (mental health) was in the way as well. Then, hope and excitement were blown in from the far east.  A Chinese billionaire, Cao, DeWang, was willing to invest millions...

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Summer, Summer, Dare You Go!

Back to school is a clear indication of that summer is over!  If you live in a pretty cold climate and you are not a person who enjoys polar vortex or watch snow flakes for 6 months of a year, then, letting go of summer can be ... Reluctant, challenging,  and depressive...    Oh, even heart-broken! Well, I have never been excited nor happy to let summer go.  On the contrary, I would do whatever it takes to keep summer lingering longer. Seriously! How? By creating more memories!!!  By personalizing my classroom with shared memories of summer. Here is how!...

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