喝茶 Tea Time

Introduction
Tea in China
The Tea Trade
Tea Around the World
Assessment
Connection to PGL

Introduction

Objectives
Students will be able to:

  • Identify the major kinds of tea in China by their color, and the regions from which the teas originate
  • Describe the Chinese cultural practice of drinking tea
  • Explain how tea products have been introduced to other cultures through trading over time
  • Understand the role that culture plays when new products are introduced and adapted to local preferences

Introductory Video

Suggested Materials

  • Tea: 绿茶,红茶,乌龙茶,花茶 (loose leaf), plus an American-style tea in tea bags
  • Tea utensils: Chinese-style tea pot, tea cups, tongs
  • Thermos with hot water for tea

Silver Needle Tea | 白毫银针 (bái háo yín zhēn)
(click to see large image)

Time Required
Six 30-minute periods (this will vary depending on the students’ Chinese proficiency level).

Vocabulary
Basic: 红茶,绿茶,乌龙茶,花茶,喝茶,泡茶,茶叶,茶包,茶园,茶文化,香,苦,濃,淡,茶包,加糖,加牛奶,热茶,冰茶
Enrichment: 龙井茶,普洱茶,高山茶,茶工厂,出口,海运,路运,国内,国外,历史,山上,欢迎,外国人,俄国,土耳其,日本,英国,法国,日本,意大利,怪不得,茶道,茶糖,绿茶蛋糕,珍珠奶茶,骆驼,船运, 茶园,种类,产地,种

Grammar Structures
…在那里?
…几种…?
…什么时候…?
…可是…
不但…,而且…
从…出口到…

Summary of Unit
In this unit, students will follow the biography of an object: tea. As they trace the origins of tea growing and consumption to present-day practices, students will discover the ways in which a product may be adapted by cultures to such an extent that it takes on a new life. At the end of the unit, students will be able to discuss how tea developed as a product and as part of cultural rituals in China, as well as how tea has found new cultural rituals abroad.