To Compare American High School with Chinese High School

A Project Prototype by Jennifer Kuo

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Students are learning to talk about classes and subjects and their schedules. If just ask them to report their school life is a too simple task. I had students watched the Chinese youngsters movie "Young Style". Young Style is a Chinese film about a high schooler who, after failing his college entrance exam while distracted by his first love, is forced to repeat the year of gruelling preparation for the most intense exam of his life, and along the way learns some valuable lessons about life, study, friendship and responsibility. Through the movie students can find many places to compare to their own life, and imagine if they were a Chinese high school student, under the cultural environment described in the movie,  what they would do to deal with the pressure or the obstacles the characters encountered in the movie.

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Preparing for the Project

How's the movie

Launching the Project

What's the problem

What culture is Chinese

Managing the Project

What would you do

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Preparing for the Project

How's the movie

After watching the movie, the students should have some personal thoughts. Ask the students to write about it on the Discussion Board, and also respond to at least two of their classmates, will broaden their thinking, and may spark some new ideas.

Launching the Project

What's the problem

Students in pairs, think back to the movie, and discuss what problem or obstacles that the Chinese high school students are facing daily?

 

 

What culture is Chinese

Some of the dialogues and thoughts on the movie are just the typical ways of Chinese. With a partner, list the Chinese cultural part described in the movie as many as you can.

Managing the Project

What would you do

Imagine If you were a Chinese high school student, what you would do while facing the problem of ….(from the previous list)? Explain why and how. When providing the solutions to a problem, you should also consider that you were under the Chinese cultural environment. Let's brainstorm a better solution for Chinese high school students.

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