Lesson Plan: Food & Preference
|School Type: Private||Number of students: 10|
|Grade: 8th-12th||Proficiency Level: Novice Low|
|Teaching minutes: 50 minutes||Methods: Direct; TPR|
|Topic: Food & Preference|
Lesson’s Content Focus/ Objective
Topic: Review countries, like & dislike; preference countries’ food.
Performance-based Objectives—As a result of this lesson/unit, students will be able to:
Cultural perspectives: typical food from different countries; popular food in the USA and China.
State Standards/ ACTFL Standards
Communicate in Languages Other Than English
Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied
Standard 2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.
Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines (like table manners.) through the foreign language.
Standard 3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinct viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.
Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture
Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own
Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home & Around the World
Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting (field trip: dining out; grocery shopping)
Standard 5.2: Students show evidence of becoming lifelong learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
Local: Local standards are aligned with state and national standards.
Teacher-made PPT, Globe balloon, projector, internet, tablet, iPad, ZIBAOBAO app
Warm up Activity (about 5 minutes): throw a globe balloon among students and teacher to review countries—each student names a country, and then throws it to another person. Teacher says 中国 then passes the balloon to the student next to her, the student who gets the globe should repeat which country the teacher says a different country. The third person should repeat the two countries and add a different country, and continue around the circle until all students have named a country....
Activity 1 (10m): Teacher writes 菜 cài (dish) on the board or shows it on PPT. The teacher will then show pictures of typical dishes from different countries one by one. At the meantime, teacher introduces which country’s dish it is. For example: when appears, teacher says 中国菜 (Chinese dish), and students follow to repeat中国菜 (Chinese dish). After showing several dishes, the teacher starts to ask students questions by showing more pictures:
Transition: work in pairs--teacher assist students to pair up and provide a pile of pictures. Then each student picks several pictures of dishes from different countries, and starts to ask and answer each other questions:
Activity 2 (10m): Teacher writes down 喜欢吃 (like to eat) and 不喜欢吃 (don’t like to eat). Teacher points to 喜欢 and 不喜欢, and asks one student to draw pictures on board to represent their meaning. Then teacher points 吃, and pronounces it and mimics eating. The teacher starts to ask students questions:
Transition: work in pairs--students work with the same partner. Each student picks a picture of a dish, and starts to interview each other. Then students fill out the handout by putting interviewees’ name in the like and dislike columns:
Activity 3 (10 minutes): Based on the record on the handout, each student introduces his peer’s favorite and not favorite dishes:
Activity 4 (10 minutes): Students type 菜, 吃, and 喜欢 on the ZIBAOBAO app to trace; or they can choose to write on character sheet.
Closure (5 minutes):
Homework (posted on school’s website):
Knowledge of Students
|This lesson plan is suitable for beginners from 6th to 12th grades.|
Interpretive Activities: students guess the meaning of 菜 (dish), 吃 (eat)
|Kexin Zhang received her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction major (Concentration in Foreign Language) from George Mason University and B.A. in English Literature from Sun Yat-sen University. She was one of the Professional Aviation Translators in China. She has over thirteen years of experience in teaching Chinese in the United States, and she is also a director of CLTA-NCR. She is good at cultivating students’ critical thinking skills and inspiring students’ motivation by implementing the theories of Multiple Intelligences, the three modes of communication, TPR and technology in her teaching, and using ACTFL performance guidelines to assess how well her students’ performance. Her students achieved outstanding scores from YCT Level III test during 2017-2018 school year.|