See this link for a video of a Field Performance and a Performance Watch with evaluation samples
Action! China - A Field Guide to Using Chinese in the Community is a guide for teachers to help them enhance their intermediate students' communication skills. There are two types of activities: Field Performance and Watch Performance.
In a Field Performance, students must carry out a series of tasks in a specific field of action, such as getting on the bus in China, reading the information at the bus stop, enquiring about the bus fares, and having a conversation with a friend about the advantages of taking one bus or another, prices etc. Once finished, students will talk about their experience and the teacher will assess their oral expression.
Watch Performance is about carefully observing a situation in which two or more Chinese people are communicating. The aim here is for the students to understand the situation and explain it to their teacher.
Thanks to these scenarios of everyday life in China, students will not only acquire vocabulary and fluency, but also a more profound knowledge of Chinese culture.
The link at the beginning of this book description contains a video of a student talking about a Field performance and a Performance Watch, as well as a sample assessment by a teacher.
At the end of the book, Chinese teachers will find the activities in Chinese and also two annexes with ideas for and questions about Performance Watch.
Action! China - A Field Guide to Using Chinese in the Community has been awarded the“Cengage Learning Excellence and Innovation” prize by the Chinese Language Teachers Association.
Description by the publisher:
Winner of the Chinese Language Teachers Association’s 2014 Cengage Learning Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Chinese Award.
Action! China is a practical guide for intermediate to advanced students of Chinese wanting to maximize their study abroad experience and enhance their language skills.
This handy guide contains over 90 Field Performance tasks which prompt real-life interactions with native speakers. By carrying out these real-life tasks students refine and solidify existing communication skills and gain a fuller understanding of and participation in the target culture.
The guide also provides over 60 Performance Watch tasks which help students understand how native speakers accomplish communicative goals through guided observation and analysis of naturally occurring interactions.
Action! China helps students understand and participate socially in Chinese, guiding them through skill-getting and skill-using processes and enabling them to form meaningful connections with Chinese people in the community.
Topic 1 Getting Settled
Task 1.1 Getting Acquainted with a Language Partner
Task 1.2 Establishing Cell Phone Service
Task 1.3 Exploring the Local Neighborhood
Performance Watch 1
Topic 2 Eating
Task 2.1 Exploring the Campus Cafeteria
Task 2.2 Learning about Chinese Food
Task 2.3 Exploring Local Restaurants
Performance Watch 2
Topic 3 Taking Transportation
Task 3.1 Taking a Bus
Task 3.2 Taking the Subway
Task 3.3 Taking a Taxi
Performance Watch 3
Topic 4 Shopping
Task 4.1 Exploring Retail Stores
Task 4.2 Shopping for Clothes
Task 4.3 Interacting with Street Vendors
Performance Watch 4
Topic 5 Exploring Campus Culture
Task 5.1 Understanding Teacher-Student Relations
Task 5.2 Apologizing and Repairing Relationships
Task 5.3 Exploring Student Organizations
Performance Watch 5
Topic 6 Socializing
Task 6.1 Getting Together with Friends
Task 6.2 Being a Good Guest
Task 6.3 Being a Good Host
Performance Watch 6
Topic 7 Solving Problems
Task 7.1 Reporting and Recovering Lost Items
Task 7.2 Communicating by Phone
Task 7.3 Discussing Problems
Performance Watch 7
Topic 8 Protecting Health
Task 8.1 Exercising
Task 8.2 Taking Medicine
Task 8.3 Going to the Hospital
Performance Watch 8
Topic 9 Volunteering in the Community
Task 9.1 Introducing Yourself Formally
Task 9.2 Comparing Volunteer Experience
Task 9.3 Organizing Volunteer Activities
Performance Watch 9
Topic 10 Participating in Formal Events
Task 10.1 Understanding Dress Codes
Task 10.2 Learning Banquet Etiquette
Task 10.3 Making a Toast
Performance Watch 10
Topic 11 Planning a Trip
Task 11 Planning a Trip (Group Project)
Performance Watch 11
Topic 12 Talking about the City
Task 12.1 What People Love about a City (Group Project)
Task 12.2 Creating Promotional Materials (Group Project)
Performance Watch 12
Topic 13 Preparing Presentations
Task 13.1 Conducting an Interview
Task 13.2 Giving an Oral Presentation
Task 13.3 Improving Q&A Skills
Performance Watch 13
Topic 14 Taking Leave
Task 14.1 Preparing a Farewell Gift
Task 14.2 Preparing a Farewell Speech
Task 14.3 Saying Farewell upon Departure
Performance Watch 14