My observation object is Chinese 201 on the lesson about travel. The 75-minute class was divided into two sections. In the first section, the instructor did a reviewing warm-up activity on the vocabularies about tourism by having the conversation with the students regarding their travel plans in the summer. In the second section, after providing a hand-out of online flight booking page in both English and Chinese, the instructor gave a brief introduction regarding the process of how to book a plane ticket in China and illustrated the difference of the process in China and America. The instructor suggested that after the class, students should be able to learn the basic vocabularies about traveling and have the abilities to book a plane ticket in a Chinese website and plan other activities related to travel.
The Chinese 101 class is designed to be four times a week, and I am in charge of Tuesday and Thursday which are basically the review and drilling sections. We usually finish a lesson within five days including an overall review and test on the last day. Besides using the textbook, we usually design a lot of activities, especially speaking activities. For example, I provide a scenario of a real-life situation such as making an appointment via phone with a Chinese friend, and I will give students 3-5 minutes to work on the task with their partners. This type of task helps students to understand when the phrases and sentences taught in class can be used in real life. Task-based activities are not only limited to speaking practice.