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Interesting and impressive video clips. They switch one language to the other. It looks very natural and show a good flow of conversation. Being bilingual is cool, and trilingual is even cooler!
This is a follow-up posting of [AEF] Korean drum (장구) performance, Campsie Public School. I think it is worthwhile sharing Eun Young ssn's comments on her students' Korean drum performance with others. Please see below.
"I think this photo represents our Korean Bilingual Program at Campsie Public School so well. [...omit...] The left hand has to go up and down as you hit the drum with the stick, while the right hand goes to the sides as the stick remains on the drum in between the strokes. Can you imagine the drummers' brains? The second language is there for the bilingual brain development, Irene's brain is fully lit up for the day since we run this drumming class at 8 in the morning. As you already know, Irene comes to the Korean class everyday for an hour on top of the morning activities and the lessons are prepared in the CLIL approach. (She has been learning about 'Where does bread/rice come from?' this term.) More importantly, the students get to enjoy the music and feel that they can learn and achieve something and it is so much fun. No wonder the Korean Bilingual Class students have done so well in NAPLAN..."
Master classes/School visits - Homebush Public School
On AEF Conference Day 3, my group visited an impressive Year 5 Korean language classroom (and we also did the Chinese and Tamil class observation, but I'm going to brief the Korean class obsevation only). The class had students at mixed levels/competences and from different cultural background i.e. from new arrival Korean students (not yet familiar with English instructions) to non-Korean background kids. Homebush PS offers three languages to all students. Korean heritage/background students are to learn Korean. If a student are not from those three language background, they just choose one of them and learn the language. In this way, the school is able to embed Asia perspectives across the curriculum.
It might not be ideal for many language teachers to accommodate all different levels of students in a classroom. I totally understand as I had once had a class consisting of 25 students form Years 7 to 10 at all differnt levels. I think the diffentiated programming with appropriate strategies should work in this circumstance: Differentiated programming sounds like a big 'term', but it is really simple educational concept. Just providing multiple tasks (assignments) designed (tailored) for students of different levels of achievement etc... I'm not sure whether the teacher (Ms Haeryun Martin) did her lesson with this differentiation concept or not, but she did it wonderfully with no sweat: building contexts and scaffolding as a whole, dividing her class into 3 groups and getting them on three different major tasks, teacher attention to group by group, putting teacher's expectation for peer support while doing tasks in groups/individually, and then finally the class 'story-telling' activity with their teacher.
See the slideshow below for the Korean lesson gist at Homebush Public School.
Master classes/School visits - Homebush Boys High School
Observed a well-designed ICT enhanced language lessson at Homebush Boys High School. The teacher, ms Kyung-ae Yu is an iPad guru - she has plenty of lesson ideas and skills with iPad, and presented them in Korean workshops and PL days. The class we walked in was a Year 10 Korean background/heritage class - of course, at mixed levels and abilities. The lesson was about Korean public holidays and the story behind them: viewing an interesting but still very short 'student-made' video clip (students created the video clips as their group project prior to the lesson), and then doing the jeopardy game with iPad (Whiteboard app for students). Boys seriously engaged in this game-typed Korean cultrue lesson through Korean instructions. It was interesting to observe the class and think about how to get our boys to learn languages..., for now, put this thought for another time.
Follow this link for Pre-created PowerPoint Jeopardy Downloads.
See below for more photos. I wanted to take more photos but the classroom was too dark to get good photos.
Master class 3: Increasing numeracy and literacy skills through CLIL:
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Meeting Koreans and How to say 'Nice to meet you':
A funny (+ very good and comprehensive) video clip when explaining about polite form versus formal versus informal. Thank you Jenni ssn for sending this link :-)
Exclamations in Korean:
Some popular expressions used by Koreans when they are surprised or express exclamations.
1. 엄마야! [eom-ma-ya!] = Oh My God! / Oops!
2. 대박 [dae-bak] = Super cool! / Awesome! (This expression was translated as 'bonanza' in Korean newspapers e.g. 통일 대박)
3. 우와 [u-wa] = Wow (우아 is the correct expression when writing. It is strange but the Korean dictionary (국립국어원 표준국어대사전) says so.)
4. 진짜요? [jin-jja-yo?] = For real?
5. 그래요? [geu-rae-yo?] = Is that so?
6. 정말요? [jeong-mal-yo?] = Really?
7. 아이고! [a-i-go!] = *sigh* / Whew! / Oops!
8. 아싸 [a-ssa] = Yay! / Hurrah!
9. 네? [ne?] = Yes?
10. 어? [eo?] = Huh?
11. 아/아야 [a/a-ya] = Ouch!
12. 헐 [heol] = What the… (This is a very colloquial expression)
13. 헉! [heok] = *gasp* / OMG!