Wardlaw-Hartridge Middle Schoolers Teach Kung Fu to Fifth Graders

By Rudy Brandl, Wardlaw-Hartridge Director of Communications

Students in Mrs. Hua Liu’s introductory Chinese class demonstrate Kung Fu basics for an eager group of fifth graders at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School. (Photo by Rudy Brandl of Fanwood)

EDISON — The Middle School Intro to Chinese classes presented a lesson on Chinese language and Kung Fu to the fifth grade students. Throughout the year, the fifth graders and various Middle School classes will collaborate on activities to provide a “preview” of the many educational opportunities they will be exposed to in the coming years. The Prima Lingua program, which includes Chinese, will be one of the new experiences they will have in Middle School.

In unit one of Chinese culture learning, seventh graders started by researching Bruce Lee on the internet, followed by making posters about him, then gave presentations in class, and finally they learned Kung Fu.

Mrs. Nolan inquired about Mrs. Liu’s class introducing some Chinese language and culture to the fifth graders. After some discussion, the teachers decided to let seventh graders teach fifth graders what they have learned.

As was evident by this collaboration, it was a lot of fun and educational. The activities demonstrated our effort to achieve five goal areas in 21st Century World Language Teaching: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities.


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