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September 18, 2016

“Without substantive grounding in Second Language Acquisition [SLA] theory and in the pedagogical context for technology use,” Garrett (2009) cautioned that “familiarity with the technology will allow only superficial application and no real integration” (p.733).
Ultimately, teachers themselves are a crucial factor, if not the most decisive one, in successful technology integration in the classroom (Bitner & Bitner, 2002; Romano, 2003; Zhao & Cziko, 2001)

September 13, 2016

The Mid-Autumn Festival (Simplified Chinese: 中秋节, Traditional Chinese: 中秋節) marks the end of the autumn harvest and is celebrated in mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and by Chinese communities worldwide. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month in the Chinese Han calendar--on the night of the full moon between early September and early October.

August 25, 2016

Articles by 2015 Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Grants Recipient, Shinji Shimoura sensei and Nicholas Sturtevant sensei

March 24, 2016

Get a glimpse of a diverse but connected China with the heartwarming video "Chopsticks" by CCTV. Download our Suggested Activity sheet to incorporate this video in the classroom.

February 3, 2016

Learn how the NBA is appealing to its growing fan base in China with a star-studded advertisement, new uniforms, and mass broadcasts — all in time for Chinese New Year.

Japanese school bags
April 17, 2015

Do you remember your first day of school? Compare your experience to a first day of school in Japan. Learn about the season, the ceremonies, and the traditions of Japanese schools, and enjoy a special classroom activity—origami!

Making Chocolate
March 12, 2015

Get ready for White Day on March 14! Celebrate this Japanese encore to Valentine's Day with authentic videos and recipes for homemade chocolates.

Firecrackers
February 17, 2015

Learn the origins of "exploding bamboo" and how to make your own classroom-safe firecrackers—just in time for Chinese New Year!

Chinese Zodiac bookmarks
February 3, 2015

Prepare for Chinese New Year with history and legends of the Chinese Zodiac. Learn what animal this year's New Year celebration will feature, what your birth year says about you, and why (legend states) cats chase rats.

A printed ad from China using the current popular cyber language
January 19, 2015

In this blog post, our editor Bing brought back the latest information she learned from her trip to Shanghai on what's the most popular phrases and movies in China.

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