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Grade Four on Shopping
Posted 11/26/2013 01:37PM

Starting from trimester two, grade four CAL students in Chinese class are working on a unit about shopping, which will include many topics, such as birthdays, presents, clothing, transportation, asking for help in a shopping mall, pricing and discounts, paying the  bills, etc.

Recently, in one of the CAL classes, students are studying to how to travel to the shopping mall, important places in the shopping mall, and asking where the things they want to buy are. CAL classes focus more on listening and speaking skills during learning time. Students practice their oral skills through all kinds of games and activities, sometimes in a small group, and most of the time in pairs. While doing these interactive activities, students get more chances to practice and use the vocabulary and language chunks they learned from the topics. One of the activities is that students play with the game board by asking and telling each other how they will get to the shopping mall based on the transportation and numbers they threw out on the dice. Afterwards when they go to the shopping mall, they will use the language to ask where they can buy the things they want. Students design their own shopping mall by putting items for sale wherever they like on a store picture. They work in pairs to ask and answer each other questions according to their own shopping mall. Please look at the sentences below and see if you can also practice these sentences:

    qǐng wèn zěn me qù tiān hóng shāng chǎng
A: 请     问,怎   么  去  天    虹     商        场 ?   
(Excuse me, how can I get to the Rainbow Shopping Mall?)

     nǐ kě yǐ zuò dì tiě qù
B: 你 可 以 坐  地 铁 去。
(You can take the metro to get there.)

    qǐng wèn  liū bīng xié zài nǎr mài
A: 请     问,溜   冰   鞋   在 哪儿卖?
(Excuse me, where I can buy the roller skates?)

    liū bīng xié zài sān lóu   nǐ kě yǐ zuò diàn tī qù
B: 溜 冰    鞋   在  三   楼,你 可 以 坐   电   梯 去。
(The roller skaters are at the 3rd floor, you can get there by the elevator/escalator.)

There is still lots of vocabulary and language chunks to learn about shopping, and after that grade four students will be ready for Christmas shopping!

by Lily Lin, ES Chinese Teacher


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