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Postby Zhou's Studio » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:11 pm

Original Title: Chinese: Creative writing or memorising?

We met up a lot of new parents recently and they do share their point of views to improve their children’s writing skills in Chinese, especially for those in P4-P6. Nowadays, children are more well-versed in English than their mother tongue. So writing a Chinese essay could be a difficult task for some children as they are not fluent in spoken Chinese and hence will affect their writing ability in Chinese as well. So from a simple sentence structure to writing up a whole essay, it takes times to practice since young age.

Some of the parents say that memorisation of essays will be very handy. Memorising good phrases are also very helpful. No doubt, they are, but to a certain extent. How about if what your children have memorised are not tested in their assessments? Effort not paid off, they may feel demoralised and may lost motivation to learn Chinese
So emphasizing on writing the content is more important afterall. We have to encourage the children to be more creative in writing their own content. Creativity can be cultivated through questioning techniques as to inspire them to think more in-dephtly.

I have a couple of students, who copy down a lot of good phrases and put them everywhere in their essays in order to make their essays “look good”. In terms of the content, the story line (especially the pictorial essay) is quite empty, they only illustrated the story in a few sentences and then make conclusion in the last paragraph. Comparing to other students, who do not copy a lot of good phrases, but writing their own content and story line with their own words and different writing techniques, these essay have earned more credits.

The different techniques should be applied in composing a well-structured essay.

We would like to share our experiences and thoughts with all of the parents. Parents and students feel free to share also in this thread.
Thank you!

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Re: Chinese: Creative writing or memorising?

Postby Zhou's Studio » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:06 pm

这一次我想跟大家分享一些写作的技巧。那就是心理和动作描写技巧。这类的描写技巧都可以并肩使用,例如:

#1
小明看见那个盲人很可怜,顿生怜悯之心。(心理描写)他想:助人为快乐之本,我为什么不帮助一些需要帮助的人呢?想到这,(动作描写)他便毫不犹豫地慷慨解囊,拿出四块钱给了那个盲人。然后,小明带着愉快的心情向图书馆走去。

#2
(心理描写)我想开门,可是又怕万一是陌生人,自己在家很危险;不开门呢?又怕有什么紧急的事情。这时,门铃又急促地响了起来,弄得我左右为难。我有发愣了一会儿,(动作描写)才战战兢兢的走到门边,伸手把门打开。

学生可以利用这两种描写的技巧去延续故事情节。简单的话就是先描写故事人物对于某件事的想法(心理描写),这想法如何影响以及延伸到他下一步的行为或动作(动作描写)。同学们,不妨在你下次写作的时候,运用这两种技巧吧!

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Re: Chinese: Creative writing or memorising?

Postby Zhou's Studio » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:29 pm

大部分的学生对于句子结构没有办法掌控,以致使他们所写的句子、段落不通顺,整篇文章就显得错漏百出、不堪入目。如果我们身为家长能够在平时多用华语与孩子沟通,孩子在口语方面的训练就会获益不浅。这种循序渐进的方法值得一试,并且提早用在学前的小孩身上。

其次,针对大孩子不爱说华语的问题,父母也应以身作则,多用母语交谈,或可以每天阅读孩子喜欢的华语故事书。这不单可以让他们多接触华语,也可以增进亲子关系,父母也可以从中知道孩子在学习方面的不足,“一石多鸟”。

增强了口语,对于编写句子有相当大的帮助。

我们下次再聊如何让学生在句子构造方面更有进步吧! 你们也可以留言分享。谢谢!
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Re: Chinese: Creative writing or memorising?

Postby ChiefKiasu » Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:59 pm

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Re: Chinese: Creative writing or memorising?

Postby Zhou's Studio » Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:42 pm

Thanks Caroline for your sharing. What you have mentioned is indeed very true. Life experience is important for writing.

And hence, MOE syllabus for composition writing are based on pictorial essay (P1-P6 normal Chinese), helps to dilute the "life experience factors" in writing the essay.

And such, imagination and creativity are vital "catalysts" in creating a more interesting storyline which may not be necessary related to children's life experiences. Commonly, these two "catalysts" can be cultivated through practices, questioning techniques, writing techniques (as mentioned in previous posts) etc.

Parents/teacher should be able to inspire the students' creativity and imagination on the particular story during the process of creating the essay or stroryline. We need to be more patient to the children, if they have their own flow of ideas to be contributed to the content, we shouldn't refrain them. Let them think out of the box first, if is too OUT of the box, we can correct them later. On the other hand, we can let them ask as many questions as possible on the pictures/storyline as this is an important process to brainstorm.

Of course, creativity and imagination are the foundation to get started in writing a good composition. There are more techniques to inquire to write a good composition. Last but not least, as mentioned by you "can they express their feelings with the expected effect in different expressions which Chinese original contains", we think that it is important to give our children the appropriate phrases which are compatible with their respective level, so that they know how to appreciate them.

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Re: Chinese: Creative writing or memorising?

Postby Zhou's Studio » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:38 pm

As we have mentioned that writing the content is what we emphasize during the lessons. We want to cultivate the habits of writing down their own thoughts and speak up what in their minds. However, alot of times we found that the creativity is limited by the pictures given in the pictorial essays.

Still, we will request the students to be more imaginative. For example, if it is given two pictures (illustrated by words :) )
Picture A shows that a boy is waiting at a bus stop which is very crowded.
Picture B shows that the boy sees a suspicious man who is staring at a lady's handbag.

Beside the main story line, we can probe the children's creativity and imagination by a series of questions, e.g. what is the boy thinking when he is waiting at the bus stop? what is the suspicious man thinking (alot of children will understand the man is thinking to steal the lady's handbag.) but how to make the story more interesting etc.

So the main story line will be:

伟俊看见巴士站挤满了人,显得特别拥挤。很多人的衣服都湿透了。突然,他看见了一名男士盯着一个女士的手提包, 好像要把它偷走。(这是其中一个小五生所写的)

The P5 student just illustrate with simple sentences. However, with a little bit more creativity and imagination, the story can be much more interesting, just like this:

俊伟看见巴士站挤满了人,显得特别拥挤,(加语言或心理描写 - 表明俊伟心理的感受)便叹了一口气,说:“这么多人在等巴士,等一下巴士来了,我不知挤得上吗?” (加一些图片中心周围的的情景,再表明故事人物心理的想法)他四处观察了一下,发现很多人的衣服都湿透了,像落汤鸡似的,怪可怜的,可是他却爱莫能助。就在这时,他看见了一名(样貌描写)头发又浓又密的男士(神情描写)不怀好意地用斜眼盯着一个女士的手提包。(心理描写)小明觉得他形迹可疑,于是便开始观察他的一举一动。

for the second version which improvised with different writing techniques, children can be trained to write with such techniques but need time.

Hope this is useful to all of you. Welcome to share. Thanks.

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Re: Chinese: Creative writing or memorising?

Postby Zhou's Studio » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:09 pm

《一次教训》是一个学校常考的题型,内容和图案不胜枚举。那我们就说说最近所写的看图作文《一次教训》吧!只在此谈论其中的一幅图,然后说明如何采取各种的写作技巧去拓展内容的叙述。

图:背景是在公园,两个小孩;其中一个正在快速地骑脚车,另外一个小孩正伸出手想要阻止骑脚车的小孩。迎面而来的是一个手提塑胶袋的老婆婆。

其中一个学生根据我们所发的参考句子,写出:

我们推着脚踏车,迫不及待地来到附近的小公园。“公园里人很多,要小心。”我的话音未落,只见小明已经骑着脚踏车,像一支离弦的箭从我眼前冲了过去。可是正在兴头上的小明,把我的话当做耳边风。突然,前面出现一个老婆婆,小明来不及刹车,而把她撞到了。

(这是基本的写法)

范文:

我们推着脚踏车,迫不及待地来到附近的小公园。“公园里人多,不可以骑得太快。”我的话音未落,只见小明已经骑着脚踏车,像一支离弦的箭从我眼前冲了过去。我急得大喊:“那是人行道,会出危险的,快下来。”可是正在兴头上的小明,把我的话当做耳边风,根本不理睬。1. 他转过头,得意洋洋地对我说:“没关系,我的技术多棒啊,不会出事的。” (对话描写)他边说边加快了车速。这时,一位老婆婆,双手提着重重的购物袋,2. 步履蹒跚地迎面走来 (动作描写)。3. 眼看小明的车就要撞上老婆婆了,我吓得心砰砰直跳(心里描写),语无伦次地对小明大喊:“老婆婆…小明…”。4. 可是为时已晚,小明的车速太快了。等他转过头看见老婆婆时,也被吓得大惊失色,不知所措。(表情描写)幸好小明反应快,他双手一转车把,电单车与老婆婆擦身而过,只听见“呯”的一声(声音描写),小明连人带车摔倒了。

许多学生只是把事情的经过略微带过,而忽略了怎样在故事情节上写得更为仔细和生动 。一段原本单调的故事,通过1-4的添加内容,把情节写得活灵活现。必须启发学生在下笔之前,把撞到老婆婆之前的情景想象一遍,口述一遍,把重要的细节写在图片的旁边,然后再让他们去采用不同的写作技巧。

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Postby Shan » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:06 pm

Anyone tried Zhou's Academic Studio? Appreciate feedback please.

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Re: Chinese: Creative writing or memorising?

Postby Zhou's Studio » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:00 pm

近来,有一些新的家长特别关心如何灌输写作概念和技巧,尤其是在小二开始。

其实,我们的小一生已开始锻炼写短文的基本概念和技巧。通过启发性的问题形式,循序渐进地让小朋友先写下图片里的内容。

首先,我们通过一个问题,让小朋友从单一图片口述所看到的,然后写下他们所说的,哪怕是从最简单的一个短句也可以。

然后,就是第二道、第三道、第四道至第五道问题。这样子,小朋友就不知不久地写出了五个句子了,差不多有40-50个字左右吧!

最后,老师就可以让他们在句子与句子之间,再加多一个句子,或拓展从单句成为复句。这样字数又增加了。小朋友既不会觉得有压力,而且他们写完之后也会沾沾自喜。

当然,在写完之后,也要给小朋友听写当天所学的好词好句,让学习更上一层楼。

以上是一些基本的写作入门技巧,很适合用在小一、小二生。从简单的开始,不需要去死背作文段落,每星期练笔一次,小朋友会获益不浅。爸爸妈妈可以试一试。谢谢!

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Re: Chinese: Creative writing or memorising?

Postby ChiefKiasu » Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:00 am

Thanks for your sharing! BTW, can you recommend a good age for parents to introduce their children to reading Chinese newspapers? I'm thinking of doing this for my P2 daughter, but I would like some professional opinions on this. How can we encourage our children to start reading the news?

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