In this unit, students conduct
extensive research (including online research and cooperative
learning with students in Taiwan) that integrates reading,
writing, oral language development and web authoring
into a lesson that they study, and construct a web site
to reflect different aspects of their learning experience.
unit has been tailored to meet the technology integration
requirements that are within the San Francisco Unified
School District's Chinese Language Arts Content and Performance
Standards. Also, the unit has been trying to focus on
the "Four 'C'" requirements recommended by
the national foreign language standards.
Students work in cooperative
learning groups to construct their web sites to reflect
their learning. A rubric is used to assess their learning,
and a culminating test is also developed to assess their
Much has been presented regarding
the Internet integration of different curricular areas,
especially in Social Studies, Science and Mathematics,
on the World Wide Web. However, there is very little
information on how to involve students actively in an
Internet-based world language arts instruction, especially
when the target language is one of the less commonly
taught languages in the United States. This project presents
another successful model on how to integrate computer
technology and the Internet into a world language curriculum.
Students are given the opportunity to communicate
with each other and with students in Taiwan in Chinese on the Internet.
Therefore, students get the authentic use of the target language.
This project promotes mutual understanding across nations within
our global village.
Teacher: Fan Fang
About the teacher:
Fan Fang is a teacher at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco,
Chinese Language Arts
9th - 12th grades