At the end of the school year, it is a good time to set aside some time to conduct some end-of-year activities. Just to name some activities: summarising the key things the kids have learned during the year; recalling and recognise the important person, special moments and interesting subjects during the year, etc.
One activity all the younger students enjoy is to create an End-of-Year Memory Book, a collection of memories such as “my favorite subjects”, “ my friends”, “my teachers”, “ happy moments”, “what I’ve learned” and so on.
Another activity is to help the students to reflect on the school year in general and their Chinese learning progress in particular. A thorough reflection helps the students recall what they have achieved so far, assess their performance, and look forward to their future development.
Here are some questions you can use for an informal class discussion. You could also select some and use them as writing prompts for older children.
All the questions are in both English and Chinese. Based on the Chinese level of the students, you can decide which version or both to use.
End of Year Chinese Learning Reflection Questions
1. What is something we did this school year that you think you won’t forget?
2. What is something you accomplished this school year that you are proud of?
3. What is the most challenging part of Chinese learning this year for you?
4. If you could change one thing that happened this year, what could it be?
5. What is something that was hard for you at the beginning of the year but is easy now?
6. In what areas of Chinese learning do you feel you made the biggest improvement?
7. Of the topics you have learned this year, which was your favorite? Why?
8. What are the three most important things you’ve learned this school year?
9. What are the 5 words that best describe this school year?
10. What are the three Chinese words/phrases that jump into your mind right now?
11. Of the Chinese books you read this school year, which would you read again? Why?
12. What was the best piece of Chinese writing that you did this school year? Why do you think it is your best?
These Task Cards Make Reflection More Fun
We’ve created a task card deck featuring all the end of year Chinese learning reflection questions. For each question, there is a task card in English and another one in Chinese. Basically you can print the cards and cut them apart following the dashed lines. Then you can use them in whatever way you prefer.
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