The midterm exam will be administered in two different parts, the Written Midterm and the Oral Midterm.
The first part is the Written Midterm, which you will take via the Homework & Tests tool on Laulima, just like all of your quizzes and tests so far. It will include the listening, reading and writing sections of the exam.
The second part is the Oral Midterm, which you will take via Flipgrid. It will cover the speaking section of the exam.
Prepare Your Essay for the Written Midterm Exam
There is a written essay for the exam. The written response will be submitted together with the other writing sections of the exam. To help you prepare, here are the instructions for this essay question:
"Write in Chinese about yourself: What is your name? How old are you? When is your birthday? How many people are there in your family and who are they? Are you a student? Where and what do you study? (Write no fewer than 50 Chinese characters. Use pinyin with tones, or write characters for extra credit.)"
You may wish to prepare your response for this essay ahead of time so as to make the midterm exam easier. If you would like personalized feedback on your draft, you should *both* (1) e-mail me at email@example.com with your draft essay included in the main body of your message, and (2) text me at the phone number provided in our syllabus and class overview page to let me know you've sent the your e-mail. I will then provide feedback as soon as possible. In order to provide such feedback in a timely manner, I'd be grateful if you could please do both steps 1 and 2 above at least 72 hours before the deadline for the midterm exam -- though even earlier is of course better.
Prepare your Responses for the Oral Midterm Exam
In the speaking section of the Midterm Exam, you will be asked to answer several different questions, which will be selected from the sample items listed below. To prepare, first you should write out a response for each of these questions. Then, practice speaking your responses aloud.
- Nín guì xìng? Nǐ guì xìng? Nǐ xìng shénme?
- Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi?
- Nǐ shì xuéshēng ma?
- Nǐ shì nǎguó rén?
- Wǒ shì Zhōngguó rén, nǐ ne?
- Wǒ shì Měiguó rén, nǐ ne?
- Nǐ jiā yǒu jǐkǒu rén?
- Nǐ yǒuméiyǒu xiōngdì jiěmèi?
- Nǐ bàba zuò shénme gōngzuò?
- Nǐ māma zuò shénme gōng zuò?
- Nǐ bàba zài nǎr gōngzuò?
- Nǐ jīnnián duō dà?
- Nǐ de zhōngwén lǎoshī jiào shénme míngzì?
- Nǐ shì cóng shénme dìfāng lái de?
- Nǐ huì shuō diǎn hànyǔ, hái huì shuō shénme yǔyán ne?
- Nǐ de bàba māmā shì zhōngguó rén ma?
- Nǐ yǒu gēgē ma?
- Nǐ hē shuǐ, yào fáng bīng ma?
- Hē kāfēi, nǐ yào hē rè kāfēi háishì yào hē bīng kāfēi?
- Hē jiǔ, nǐ yào hē báijiǔ háishì yào hē píjiǔ?
If you haven't yet familiarized yourself with Flipgrid, you should be sure to go back to the previous week's guide and follow the instructions there to learn how it works. For the Oral Midterm Exam, you'll likewise use Flipgrid. I will be posting a question in Chinese, and you'll need to post a video of yourself responding to the question in Chinese.
Practice for the Speaking Section of the Midterm Exam!
You can practice making spoken responses to each of the above questions on Flipgrid. Use the login credentials for Flipgrid provided in the syllabus and sent via class announcements. You should be able to use Flipgrid on any camera-enabled device; my recommendation is to download the Flipgrid app to your Apple or Android phone.