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Testimonial – Mandarin Institute Startalk Program – Summer 2017

Housed in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, the Mandarin Institute San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) STARTALK Middle and High School Program provided students with a truly authentic, immersive learning environment designed to promote verbal skills and to imbue students with the confidence to use their language skills in real world situations for meaningful communication.

SFUSD Startalk是一個中文教學推廣中心,其坐落在美國三番市的中國城裡。SFUSD Startalk的夏令營是專門為想學中文的美國中學生量身打造的一系列活動,讓學生可以完全沉浸在真實且可以完全運用中文的環境學習中,SFUSD Startalk設計了一系列有關於在真實世界中會遇到的情境話題,讓學生有機會可以自信地練習說中文。

SFUSD Startalk是一个中文教学推广中心,其坐落在美国三番市的中国城里。SFUSD  Startalk的夏令营是专门为想学中文的美国中学生量身打造的一系列活动,让学生可以完全沉浸在真实且可以完全运用中文的环境学习中,SFUSD Startalk设计了一系列有关于在真实世界中会遇到的情境话题,让学生有机会可以自信地练习说中文。

During the three-week program, students participated in engaging language study which included classroom time, cultural units, mini-excursions into Chinatown and a distance learning component that matched each student with a personalized Ponddy Tutor in China for unrehearsed spontaneous dialogue.

在三週的學習節目中,學生們參與了包含課堂上的文化課程、中國城小旅行以及與中國的老師進行遠距離一對一的面對面自由對話及聊天。

在三周的学习节目中,学生们参与了包含课堂上的文化课程、中国城小旅行以及与中国的老师进行远距离一对一的面对面自由对话及聊天。

Our faculty and students used Ponddy Chinese Smart Textbooks in and out of the classroom.  Ponddy turned the learning plans and content we provided to them into Pondlets which are interactive learning modules comprised of a story with native audio, vocabulary, in-context definitions and grammatical support and game-based exercises.  Teachers had the students preview the Pondlets in class prior to the lesson enabling them to have more time to do activities.  Our students could log on from any device at any time to review and practice the lesson.  This was so much more effective than providing our students with a hard copy printout.

我們的工作人員及學生都是使用Ponddy Chinese Smart Textbooks作為教材來教導學生。SFUSD Startalk將學習計畫及課程內容給予龎帝,並將其內容整理成更具互動性及故事性的Pondlets,其中包含真人錄音、生詞挑選、句法文法分析解釋,以及遊戲化的練習題。老師會讓學生在課堂中進入正式課程前先使用Pondlets,讓他們可以有更多時間作活動練習。學生們可以在任何科技產品中登入複習課程或做更多的練習。這實在是比給予學生使用傳統紙本教科書還更有效率。

我们的工作人员及学生都是使用Ponddy Chinese Smart Textbooks作为教材来教导学生。 SFUSD Startalk将学习计画及课程内容给予厐帝,并将其内容整理成更具互动性及故事性的Pondlets,其中包含真人录音、生词挑选、句法文法分析解释,以及游戏化的练习题。老师会让学生在课堂中进入正式课程前先使用Pondlets,让他们可以有更多时间作活动练习。学生们可以在任何科技产品中登入复习课程或做更多的练习。这实在是比给予学生使用传统纸本教科书还更有效率。

Students went to the computer lab at the end of the day to log onto to Skype to have a distance learning session with their personalized Ponddy Tutor.  The Mandarin Institute team provided Ponddy Tutors with the daily curriculum and Can-do statements and they in turn were encouraged to engage in spontaneous dialogue with the students.  The tutors engaged the students through a variety of methods from oral prompts to visual aides to Ponddy Smart Textbooks to unrehearsed dialogue.  Our students were excited to share what they had learned throughout the day with their tutors and to learn about their tutor’s personal experiences and perspectives.  The Ponddy Tutors provided our instructors with daily feedback on each student which further informed our instruction.

學生們會在結束一天課程前進入電腦教室,登入Skype與中國的老師們進行一對一的遠距課程。我們團隊提供Ponddy家教老師當日的學習內容及學習目標,針對這些內容來激勵學生與他們以中文隨興的對話。在教學過程中,遠距老師會使用各種口語提示、視覺輔助圖片,以及Ponddy Smart Textbooks來重新演繹課程對話。學生們通常會很興奮地與Ponddy的遠距老師分享一天所學的內容,老師們也會與同學分享他們個人經驗及想法。課程結束後,Ponddy的遠距老師會統整一整天對各個學生的回饋,藉此也讓我們了解課程教學的方向。

学生们会在结束一天课程前进入电脑教室,登入Skype与中国的老师们进行一对一的远距课程。我们团队提供Ponddy家教老师当日的学习内容及学习目标,针对这些内容来激励学生与他们以中文随兴的对话。在教学过程中,远距老师会使用各种口语提示、视觉辅助图片,以及Ponddy Smart Textbooks来重新演绎课程对话。学生们通常会很兴奋地与Ponddy的远距老师分享一天所学的内容,老师们也会与同学分享他们个人经验及想法。课程结束后,Ponddy的远距老师会统整一整天对各个学生的回馈,借此也让我们了解课程教学的方向。

At the end of the program our students have the communicative competence and confidence to engage in authentic dialogues with native speakers in real-world situations.

在經歷了課程活動的洗禮後,我們的學生可以具備中文溝通的能力及有自信的與中國母語人士在現實生活中進行對話。

在经历了课程活动的洗礼后,我们的学生可以具备中文沟通的能力及有自信的与中国母语人士在现实生活中进行对话。

We had a wonderful partner in Ponddy and look forward to working with them again in future programs.

我們在Ponddy擁有超棒的合作夥伴,也相當期待在未來的活動可以與他們再次合作。

我们在Ponddy拥有超棒的合作伙伴,也相当期待在未来的活动可以与他们再次合作。

 

Yalan King

Executive Director Mandarin Institute

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