My goal this year in oral communication is to work on my accent, and pronunciation of tones. I find I have trouble with my accent and do not sound as though I am speaking Chinese, but rather garbled english. I also need to work on my tones, as I do not always use them when I am speaking Chinese. This is a problem for communication, as Chinese is very particular about the use of tones and messing up a tone could change the meaning of a sentence.
To do this, I will listen to audiobooks and the CD given to us to imitate their accent, and also learn more about which tones to use when. Also, I will take up conversations with native Chinese people I may meet.
Secondly, in written communication I want to work on my writing. I need to improve my grammar and expand my vocabulary, as my grammar is often affected by my vocabulary; if I don’t know how a word I’ll look it up, but I may not understand how to use it in a sentence and as a result end up using it wrong. Written communication is probably my weakest point in Chinese, as it is the topic I have the most trouble with. Chinese is very different from English grammar, so I often confuse the two and use something that is only acceptable in English grammar in a Chinese written text.
To do this, I will read more books to advance my understanding of grammar (in specific, the past/present/future tense) and also broaden my vocabulary.
Lastly, my goal in reading communication is to improve my reading comprehension skills. Although reading comprehension is one of my stronger points, I feel that I should work on my reading comprehension skills with higher level books, as the new level now will expect more of my comprehension than other phases.
To do this, I will take out books from the library regularly. By doing this, I can expand not only my vocabulary and grammar understanding (written communication goal), but also can improve my reading comprehension skills. My plan is to take out one book a week and by the end of the week try to fully comprehend the material.
Here is the youtube link to our video: https://youtu.be/72ksToxoSlU