你是谁?Nǐ shì shéi? Who are you?

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For use with a level two Chinese class (grades 9-12)

Created by Randall Damon
Boise State University
EdTech 523
Spring Semester, 2011
Traditional face-to-face activity

Venn Diagram Icebreaker

Divide students into groups of three or four. Give each group a large sheet of butcher paper and a different color marker for each person. Have them draw a Venn diagram with an oval for each student. The students in each group are to discuss what their similarities and differences are. After the discussion, they are to fill in the diagram showing their similarities and differences. If a group has a hard time getting started, give them some guidance by asking questions such as, "What is your favorite music?", "When is your birthday?", "What sports do you like?, or "Where were you born?"
Modified online version

你是谁?Nǐ shì shéi? Who are you?

The rationale for this activity is to get students into the Chinese mode after a long summer break speaking English (or whatever their primary language of discourse is). The vocabulary is fairly simple and non-threatening, and the example provides a template for students to fall back on. All kids should have a good deal of success with this activity while breaking the ice with students they might not know.
English version

Directions:

1. Please fill out the chart below with your information.


年龄
年级
几门课
爱好






2. Based on the information you filled out above, start a discussion introducing yourself in the class forum by answering the following questions:
  • 你姓什么?
  • 叫什么名字?
  • 今年多大?
  • 几年级的?
  • 这个学期有几门课?
  • 最喜欢的个爱好是什么?
Example


年龄
年级
几门课
爱好

仁迪
18
12
7
看书

大家好!我姓戴。 名字叫仁迪。 今年十八岁。 高三年级的。这个学期有 有七门课。我 最喜欢的爱好是看书。
3. Read other students’ answers to the above questions. Using the information they provide in the discussion forum, fill out the chart below.
4. Find out which three students have the most in common with you and email them about your commonalities. Invite them to join your group.





年 龄
年级
几门课
爱好
1







2







3







4







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English Version

Directions:

1. Please fill out the chart below with your information.

Given Name

Surname

Age

Grade Level

No. of Classes

Favorite Activity







2. Based on the information you filled out above, start a discussion in the class forum answering the following questions.
  • What is your family name?
  • What is your given name?
  • How old are you this year?
  • What grade are you in?
  • How many classes do you have this semester?
  • What is your favorite activity?

Example

Surname
Given name
Age
Grade Level
No. of Classes
Favorite Activity
Dai
Rendi
18
12
7
Reading
Hi everyone. My name is Rendi Dai. I'm 18 this year. I'm in 12th grade and I'm taking seven classes this semester. The activity I love most is reading.
3. Read other students’ answers to the above questions. Using the information they provide in the discussion forum, fill out the chart below.
4. Find out which three students have the most in common with you and email them about your commonalities. Invite them to join your group.



Surname
Given Name
Age
Grade Level
How Many Classes
Favorite Activity
1







2







3







4