today is 元宵节

once again it’s 震耳欲聋 out there which is better than any Dolby Digital Surround effect. it’s the 15th day into the Chinese New Year and you can find a detailed overview of the Lantern Festival here that traced its history back to the Han dynasty.
and here’s a photo of yh3 with his 灯笼 (supposed to be a “兔子灯” but we din managed to get one that’s rabbit-shaped).

to mark the end of the cny celebration, here’s the one and only cny greeting card that i received via snail-mail this year:

something to cherish dearly 🙂

Essays the Gathering

today marks the last day of my first semester in fudan and this is my final installment for the series of (feels like never-ending) examinable essays:

(in English): A sociolinguistics study of youths and Chinese language in Singapore
This paper presents a sociolinguistics study conducted with 56 youths who have studied Chinese Language (CL) during their secondary/junior college days in Singapore and have since left and ‘graduated’ from the CL classroom. Two primary research questions drove this study:
1. Is there any change in the youths’ proficiency level of CL after leaving the CL classroom?
2. How are the youths using CL after graduating from secondary schools/junior colleges?
Three secondary research questions were explored to provide input to the two pri qns.
Data collection was conducted through the administering of an online survey.
Keywords: singapore, chinese language, education, survey, youth, sociolinguistics

A BIG THANK YOU to all my students and friends and students’ friends who have contributed by completing the online survey, without which this study would not have been possible. And since it’s still 大年十一of the Chinese New Year, may I wish one and all “新年快乐,万事如意!学/事业进步,阖府安泰!”
And here’s it, may I present … (the free Acrobat Reader is needed to view the reports)
Essays the Gathering Release Y1S1
1. 《窥探中外语言教学对学习动机的尝试与研究》
2. 《探寻篇章语法给华文教学的一些启示–从”我们中国人老早就认识’康乃馨’牛奶水”谈起》
3. 《语法与作文教学实践探索–以三维语法为线索》
4. 《探索交互白板于汉字教学的应用》
5. 《新加坡华文华语与青年的调查》
6. and FOUR other essays (for record purpose; meaningless ones meant for self-consumption)
and here we go again … semester 2 here i/we come … “Live Long & Prosper”

IWB and Chinese characters recognition

alas, this is the 2nd last installament of my (feels like neverending) series of examinable assignments this semester.
it’s entitled 探索交互白板于汉字教学的应用, and the english title would read “Exploring the Use of Interactive Whiteboard for Teaching and Learning of Chinese Characters
and to make this assignment INTERESTING, i have also put together a video demonstration on how the IWB lessons can be carried out. the voice/volume of the recording’s not too good coz my TC1100’s mic is really that lousy. choose among [Online viewing of streamed video] or [download to desktop for offline viewing, abt 20MB]

one last one to go … and there’s only less than 4 days to go … add oil add oil …
keywords: 识字,教学,交互白板,信息科技

My Examinable Assignments Log:
1. 《窥探中外语言教学对学习动机的尝试与研究》
2. 《探寻篇章语法给华文教学的一些启示–从”我们中国人老早就认识’康乃馨’牛奶水”谈起》
3. 《语法与作文教学实践探索–以三维语法为线索》
4. 《探索交互白板于汉字教学的应用》
5. akang datang

Today is … … 立春!

立春does not serve much meaning in the past, but here in shanghai, i have finally found the meaning to this term. could be 心理作用, but the FEEL of today’s weather’s contrastively good and there’s sunshine for most part of the morning and afternoon, and daylight is noticeably longer (just to add to the 心理作用coz i have noticed the daily extension of daylight since the winter solstice冬至)
what’s 立春the explanation by our experts from the shanghai meteorological bureau is on the next page … BUT before that, here’s 2 photos to share:

yh3 standing proudly with his first snowman ever!

a view of shanghai outside our window after 5 days of record-breaking snowing.
you can compare it with the ‘before‘ to see the effect 🙂

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