In summers of 2012-15, the NYU StarTalk Immersion Training Program for Teachers of Chinese (K-6) for pre- and in-service teachers of Chinese welcomed teachers to NYU for training leading to certification in Teaching Chinese (grades K-6). The teachers participated in the graduate-level summer course “Teaching Foreign Language to Elementary School Children” (FLES), which leads to… Read more NYU Startalk
Story description: This story introduced the famous Chinese officer Lin Zexu burn the opium in Human in Qing Dynasty. Connections (Subject Area): Science: The roles of water in Earth’s surface processes. Math: Measurement and data Social studies: A citizen is a member of a community or group Students are citizens of their local and global… Read more Lin Zexu Burn Opium in Humen
Story description: This is a story introduced how Sun Yat-sun, a Chinese celebrity, tried hard and finally changed the history of China. Connections (Subject Area): Science: Explore and solve problems generated from school, home, and community situations, using concrete objects or manipulative materials when possible. Math: making repeated measurement of the same object; students look… Read more Father of The Nation
Story Description: This story is an adaptation of a Chinese idiom that Mengzi’s mom moved three times in order to provide Mengzi with a good learning environment. Connections (Subject Area): Science: Parents and offspring often engage in behaviors that help the offspring survive. Social studies: Identify causes and effects using examples from his/her life or… Read more The story of Mother Meng’s Triple Move
Story description: This story is a about Lei Feng, and how he helped the others, from which students can learn to help others in various ways despite the difficulties they may encounter. Connections (Subject Area): Social Studies Explain the traits of a responsible citizen, including sharing needed resources and helping others Explain why Lei Feng… Read more Uncle Lei Feng, where are you?
Story description: In ancient china people need to use bamboo or silk to write. Bamboo is cheap but heavy while silk is light but expensive. After trials and errors, Cai Lun finally found out a way to make light and cheap paper, with which everyone can read and wirte. Cai Lun and his paper changed… Read more A story about Cai Lun and the making of paper
Story description: Hua Mulan is a Chinese heroine. She took her aged father’s place in the army and retired to her hometown after the war. Culture: Students will know about four seasons, weather conditions and poem. Connections (Subject Area): Science: Weather, seasons, mixture of colors Math: number 1- 100, compare the value of numbers between… Read more A tale about heroine Mulan who joined the army during the war.
Story description: Sima Guang, as a child, saved a playmate who had fallen into an enormous vat full of water. Other children scattered in panic, while Sima Guang saved the other child by smashing a hole in the base of the pot to allow the water to flow out. His calm decisiveness won him considerable… Read more A story about Sima Guang reminds us to keep calm in emergency.
Story Description: This story is an adaptation of a Chinese idiom about Ye Gong, an ancient Chinese. One day, he hears that someone is knocking. He opens different windows and sees eagle’s talon, fish’s tail, ox’s nose… Finally he open the door, and here comes a dragon! This tale has two different versions of ending… Read more An ancient Chinese Ye Gong hears someone knocking and it turns out to be…
Story description: Based on the ancient Chinese proverb “One monk will shoulder two buckets of water, two monks will share the load, but add a third and no one will want to fetch water.” The story encourages children to understand the old saying “unity is strength.” Culture: Students will know the appearance features of a… Read more The Chinese proverb about three monks reminds us that unity is strength.