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短期海外游学受中国学生追捧

March 29th, 2012 No comments

联合早报网 (2012-03-10)

近年来,随着教育国际化进程的不断加快以及国民生活水平的不断提高,短期留学、短期出国游学不断升温。各大高校的对外短期留学项目学生们提供了更多前往国外高校短期体验的机会同时,寒暑假期间,各大留学机构纷纷组织短期出国游学项目,使得学生在学习和游览过程中开阔眼界、增长见识。

短期游学融合了游与学的内容,既不是单纯的旅游,也不是纯粹的留学,两者的巧妙结合,可以让大学生、中学生甚至小学生,在短时间内体验异国风情、学习异国文化,提高学术和语言水平,考察和考量自己是否适宜留学或到什么地方留学,增强海外独立生活的能力。

短期游学主要有三大特性:第一,时间较短,灵活控制;第二,费用较低,和长期留学动辄十几万元的费用相比,短期游学的成本要低得多;第三,更具针对性,根据学生需求灵活制定线路。但虽说是短期游学,前期的准备工作十分重要。如果准备不妥当,很容易把短期留学或者游学变成了纯粹的旅游。适合于短期出国游学的学生,主要是那些在国内具有一定的学历基础,对海外文化感兴趣,想切身体会海外留学的学生。有备而来,才能在较短的时间内取得效果。(曲季 张紫薇)

来源:人民日报海外版

Gray Matter: Why Bilinguals Are Smarter

March 28th, 2012 No comments
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Published in NY Times: March 17, 2012

SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.

This view of bilingualism is remarkably different from the understanding of bilingualism through much of the 20th century. Researchers, educators and policy makers long considered a second language to be an interference, cognitively speaking, that hindered a child’s academic and intellectual development. Read more…

Your brain dominance and language learning

March 28th, 2012 No comments

Your brain dominance and language learning

Introduction

Some language skills involve analytical, sequential, and left-brain processing. Others involve right-brain skills such as guessing, associating, and getting the main idea.

Obviously, those with bilateral dominance have some advantages.

There are, however, good language learners with both left-brain or right-brain dominance who achieve a high degree of fluency and accuracy. They learn to use both left-brain and right-brain skills depending on what works best for the activity at hand. Read more…

Unique brain waves N200 appear when reading Chinese characters

March 27th, 2012 No comments

22 February 2012
Research on Chinese Characters Makes Cover Story in Chinese Science Bulletin

Prof. John X. Zhang of the Psychology Department at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and his team have recently made two achievements in the study of Chinese characters, establishing the uniqueness of the Chinese language both theoretically and empirically. He proposed a meaning-spelling theory that conceptualizes written Chinese as the only meaning-spelling script in the world, on a par with alphabetic script, which is the only other type of mature human written language. While an alphabetic script emphasizes sound assembly, a meaning-spelling script stresses meaning compounding. Secondly, using neuroscience techniques, Professor Zhang verified a new brain wave that is specific to readers of Chinese characters. This verification indicates that written Chinese is a visual script, rectifying a popular mistake treating Chinese characters as pictures. The results have recently been published as a cover story in the February issue of a well-recognized academic journal, Chinese Science Bulletin.  Read more…

CH3 Unit: Food and Health – Diary due on Thursday March 29

March 27th, 2012 No comments

学生吃早餐问题的调查   学生吃早餐问题的调查 S

根据在中文课上的调查,写一篇日记,谈谈调查的结果和你的感想。

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學生吃早餐問題的調查  學生吃早餐問題的調查 T

根据在中文课上的调查,写一篇日记,谈谈调查的结果和你的感想。

 

I am a teacher

March 27th, 2012 No comments

Please follow this link: http://www.teachermovie.com/

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IBS1/H1:Rationale writing on Monday March 26

March 23rd, 2012 No comments

Rationale Writing:

Step 1 – Compare your Sample Rationale in English with the 3 source texts below:

Step 2 – Based on the rubric below, what mark would you give to the rationale:

Criterion D: Rationale –How clear and convincing is the rationale?

Marks Level descriptor

0 The work does not reach a standard described by the descriptors below.

1 The rationale is not clear.

2 The rationale is clear to some extent.

3 The rationale is clear and directly linked to the sources.

Step 3 – What would you do to improve?

 

The man who helped ‘simplify’ Chinese

March 22nd, 2012 No comments

By Michael Bristow BBC News, Beijing

Students struggling to learn Chinese might not know it, but their task has been made easier because of the work of one man.

 

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电动自行车:环保又时尚

March 20th, 2012 No comments

Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language

March 19th, 2012 No comments
By PERRI KLASS, M.D.
Published in NYTimes: October 10, 2011

Researchers found that at 6 months, the monolingual infants could discriminate between phonetic sounds, whether they were uttered in the language they were used to hearing or in another language not spoken in their homes. By 10 to 12 months, however, monolingual babies were no longer detecting sounds in the second language, only in the language they usually heard.

This represents a process of “neural commitment,” in which the infant brain wires itself to understand one language and its sounds.

In contrast, the bilingual infants followed a different developmental trajectory. At 6 to 9 months, they did not detect differences in phonetic sounds in either language, but when they were older — 10 to 12 months — they were able to discriminate sounds in both.

Bilingual children also develop crucial skills in addition to their double vocabularies, learning different ways to solve logic problems or to handle multitasking, skills that are often considered part of the brain’s so-called executive function.

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CH3 Unit Food and Health: Oral Presentation

March 15th, 2012 No comments

Oral PresentationTuesday (March 20 for seniors) / Thursday March 22 (All others)

Part 1: Explain in oral the food pyramid – 简体字 繁體字

Part 2: Prepare a PPT showing pictures of what you eat for breakfast and lunch/dinner, compare with the pyramid and analyze if your food is healthy.

Language support: Food Pyramid V Food Pyramid S Food Pyramid T AUDIO

Time: 3-5 minutes

 

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气候变化引爆“环境移民潮”

March 15th, 2012 No comments

(马尼拉美联电)亚洲开发银行昨天发表的报告,为未来可能出现的大规模“环境移民”拉响警报。报告指出,气候变化导致海平面上升土壤退化洪灾,各国必须做好准备以面对天灾而引发的移民潮

根据报告,东南亚有三分之一的人口住在高风险地区,包括印度尼西亚、缅甸、菲律宾、泰国、越南。

报告说,全球10个最易受气候变化冲击的国家中,有六个在亚太地区。名列榜首的是孟加拉,紧随其后的是印度,然后是尼泊尔、菲律宾、阿富汗以及缅甸。

亚太地区人口稠密,加上海岸线长,最易受到气候变化的影响。位于巴布亚新几内亚外海的卡特利特群岛以及周围的珊瑚岛就是其中一例。由于气候变化导致海平面不断上升,岛上的居民已撤离家园迁移到布干维尔岛。另外,巴基斯坦在2010年爆发的洪灾,印度河流域一带被大水淹没,导致超过1000万人流离失所。去年菲律宾南部台风肆虐,受灾人数逾30万。

(点击阅读原文 联合早报2012-03-14)

CH3 Unit Food and Health-Lesson 1

March 12th, 2012 No comments

Unit 4: Food and Health

Lesson 1: 健康饮食金字塔

Radicals: Radicles S Radicles T

Match words in English with their Chinese counterparts

Homework for Block A abd B Tuesday March 13:

HW1-Worksheet:  Check the 7 nutrients based on your radical knowledge

HW2-Listen to the AUDIO and fill the table 简体字 S 繁體字 T

Homework-Draw a food pyramid (or use 简体字 繁體字), prepare an oral presentation on the food pyramid on Thursday March 15!!! (This is a practice)

Targeted Oral Skills: Greeting audience + Zoom-in sequencing + Use of questions

我和爸爸的便当盒

March 3rd, 2012 No comments

这是2011年11月30日刊登在日本《朝日新闻》教育频道的报道。图为2006年,三岁的片山君和他的爸爸俊作,几个月之后,片山君的爸爸俊作因病去世。

下面这篇获得第四回作文比赛最优秀奖的作文,名字是《我和爸爸的便当盒》,作者是日本広島市立中島小学校1年级学生 片山悠貴徳(ゆきのり)。“朝日学生新闻社”第四届作文比赛的主题是“感谢”。
这篇作文的中文稿由在中国工作的绯山翻译,在他的中文博客中发表,并受到中国媒体和网友的广泛关注。
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我和爸爸的便当盒

爸爸因病去世三年之后,我成了一名小学一年级学生。

有件事要向爸爸汇报一下,我想,爸爸也一定知道了:我借用了您的便当盒。
一想起昨天的事情,我的心还在怦怦直跳。
我的筷子碰到便当盒的时候,发出了很好听的声音。昨天的便当,十分特别,虽然当时才上午十点,可我脑子里想着的全是便当。 Read more…

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