Mrs. Plumberg’s Newsroom
Hanwen School is partnering with Mrs. Plumberg’s Newsroom to offer the more advanced young Mandarin Chinese learners in the East Bay Communities a new series of workshops focusing on current affairs based on the latest, hottest news stories. The program consists of three standalone sessions filled with story-telling, news reading, group discussion and activities.
These two-hour sessions will be held on Sunday afternoon (2pm-4pm) in October and November at Hanwen School: October 29, November 5, November 12
What do we want to achieve?
- Expand participant’s Chinese language repository and enhance familiarity with the appropriate usage of words, idioms and slangs in the correct context
- Encourage critical thinking in scrutinizing information gathered through traditional news sources, blogs and social media
- Obtain knowledge of current affairs and basic understanding of the history behind the chosen hot topics
- Cultivate a life-long habit of news reading to be an independent thinker and an informed citizen of the world
Who are these workshops designed for?
Young Chinese learners aged 10–14 who can speak, read and write basic Chinese are the primary audience of this series. However, please do contact Hanwen for a discussion if you are above this age group and are interested in the workshop. We will try our best to accommodate based on your unique needs.
- Story telling by the trainer to set the foundation for writing, brainstorming, discussions and group activities
- News clips, video, photos, maps, music, and worksheets may be utilized to facilitate effective, fun learning. Limited English materials will only be used to compensate knowledge gaps on certain topics
- Participants are required to listen, speak, read and write in Chinese during the workshop
- International perspectives and opposing opinions will be incorporated when/where appropriate
- We maintain a friendly, respectful and responsible learning environment. Hate speech and discriminatory attitudes will not be accepted.
|1||Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Wildfire: The natural disasters and how to prepare for them||We are experiencing a remarkable hurricane and wildfire season this year, while neighboring Mexico is recovering from two devastating earthquakes. We’ll look into these natural disasters, compare the threats they bring to our families and communities, and assemble our own emergency preparedness kits based on best practices.|
|2||“Rocket Man” Goes Rogue: The Story of the Korean peninsula and the super powers around it||The North Korean crisis has been occupying international news for months with no sign of relief. President Trump has called its leader Kim Jong-un “a Rocket Man on a suicide mission” in his UN speech. This Rocket Man, a third generation leader of North Korea, is full of mystery and colourful stories and a subject of the American comedy film “The Interview”, which led to the hacking of Sony Pictures by allegedly North Korean hackers. This session tells the stories of the Kim family and its intricate relationships with South Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the United States.|
|3||Ten years of iPhone: How businesses around the globe work together to make your iPhone, and the controversies involved||Following Apple’s recent product announcements, the much hyped iPhone X will be shipped out in early November, marking another milestone. This session will examine the global “iPhone Economy” and the geopolitics behinds it, giving you in-depth stories behind this popular gadget.|
Fees and take-away:
- $30 per session/per person; or $75/per person if signing up for all three sessions before the first session starts
- Participants who sign up for all three sessions are entitled to an additional 30-minute one-on-one private tutoring, post workshops, to review learnings and discuss how to utilize news resources for Chinese language acquisition
- Participants will bring home a reference on reliable news sources in Chinese language and a key-word vocabulary list corresponding to each topic
About the Instructor: Heather Hsieh Plumberg
Heather spent 15 years working in Taipei, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore as a journalist and a corporate and marketing communications professional consulting with multi-national companies headquartered in East Asia, the U.S, the Middle East and Europe. She is also a mother of a bilingual child who is growing up in this digital age inundated with mobile gadgets, fake news, and contradictory information. Combining her work and life experience, her personal passion in history, and a mission to foster global citizens that are well-informed, tolerant, and independent thinkers, Heather started “Mrs. Plumberg’s Newsroom” in 2017 offering coaching, workshops and one-on-one tutoring to communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and History from Taiwan’s oldest and most prestigious journalism program at National Chengchi University, and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives with her husband and son in Albany, California. For more information about Heather, click here.