Xavier School Nuvali conducted a seminar/workshop entitled âIntroduction to Pinyin forÂ Parentsâ at the XSN MPC last October 26. The event was aimed at orienting parents on the basicÂ principles of reading and writing pinyin. As a bonus, attending parents were also given a short workshopÂ on the basics of Chinese writing.
As one of the teachers in charge of the workshop, my greatest challenge was striking a balanceÂ between content and interest, theory and practice. I wanted to share what I know, but I didnât want myÂ audience to zone out after the first ten minutes. I wanted to explain the nitty-gritty of pinyin, but I alsoÂ wanted our parents to experience first-hand what it meant to begin learning a new language. Most ofÂ all, I wanted their tentative interest in the Chinese language to blossom into a real appreciation for ourÂ beautiful language.
Needless to say, the enthusiastic response of the parents to our invitation, as well as their eagerÂ participation during the event, was incredibly heartwarming. They listened to the lecture, followedÂ along with the teachers, and even did their best to complete the exercises we had prepared. TheyÂ stumbled over syllables, laughed over mistakes, and celebrated the knowledge they had gained. TheyÂ were, to put it simply, a joy to teach. Best of all, they gained a new appreciation not only of the ChineseÂ language, but also of the effort invested by the students in studying Chinese.
This seminar-workshop has ended, but the learning goes on.