Tag: Curriculum

Navigate Through Kittens’ Supporting Materials

I have received quite few emails from teachers who are using "Not The Same As Kittens" curriculum. Two of the most frequently asked questions are: 1) Where do I start with all the supporting materials which you have built? 2) Could you give me a timeline for how long each book would take from start to finish? I thought I'd answer the first question here. As in the video on my webpage I have said, "Many Chinese teachers are the hardest working people on the planet. Often, they have to share classrooms, teach multiple levels and travel to different locations..."...

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Not the Same as Kittens – Story Intros

Book 1: I am Beibei! Beibei is a newcomer to Wonzel Town. He is cute, but timid. He really wants to fit in and make friends. So, who will he become friends with? Will it be the active and energetic Bravo? Will it be the mischievous and impulsive Piano? Perhaps it will be the kind, friendly and intelligent Xingxing? What about the beautiful but sensitive Xiaotian? Or the mysterious and distant black cat called "13"? This book employs 75 high frequency Chinese phrases. The author uses a special technique - "visual circulation" to increase a learner's reading comprehension via meaningful...

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Meet the Main Characters in Kittens’ Series

I hope you are interested in finding out what these 7 books are about. Well, they are about cats. Yes, we used cats as our main characters. They all come from different background and have their own little personality. Gosh, a friend has asked me that which cat I could identify with? Well, honestly, all of them! Wait, I'm not saying I'm an overly complex person. All I'm saying is that I could identify myself with different aspects of each cat. For example, I could relate to Xingxing's (星星") "nerdyness", well, is this a word? When I was in school,...

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The Nature of a TPRS Curriculum

Last night, I received an email from a Chinese teacher who has been wanting to try out TPRS for a while. Although she hasn't had any official training, she has been learning everything she can online: reading blog posts as much as possible, watching teaching demos on Youtube and trying out with her students on a small scale. Her biggest challenge is not the lack of training. The most delicate aspect of her teaching is that she has to coordinate her curriculum with others in her school. Here is a part of the email I received from her: ......By the...

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