Chinese language students enhance their knowledge on interactive trip to Chinatown, DC

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Students leave their mark on the Chinese American Museum, after exhibition.

Students leave their mark on the Chinese American Museum, after exhibition.

The trip took place on the 19th of May, after the second period, when the students boarded the buses and headed to the Chinese American Museum in DC. Many were extremely excited to be welcomed by the tour guides and learn more about the cultural significance of the material taught in class.

After having a private tour with a museum guide of the different exhibits, the students followed language teachers Songtao Shu and Farah Kinani on a walk to Chinatown for lunch.

“I think this trip was really fun, although there were some bumps. I really liked the museum a lot, seeing the embroidery and culture. I would definitely want other classes to take this approach of learning,” sophomore Emily Mu said.

The embroidery section of the museum was a unanimous favorite among students. When asked during the bus ride back, the majority responded that the beautifully intricate embroidery works were the best part of the exhibition.

The group joined for lunch in Chinatown after thoroughly enjoying the exhibition. Many were excited to try the authentic food they learned how to order in Chinese prior to the trip. Once students arrived, they were welcomed by staff while also greeting the workers in Chinese.

Noodles, tea and learning from the staff were provided free of additional charge during lunch. Students could also opt for ordering more separately. Popular choices included boba tea and spring rolls.

Many agreed that learning in a combination of the classroom setting and in an interactive environment has helped them deepen their understanding of the material taught in class. WJ language classes contain not only grammar and linguistics, but also the cultural significance of the language. That aspect was highlighted during the trip and some students believe this should be implemented in other classes for more complex learning.