Class theme/topics discussed:
How did you pick this theme or topic?
Some of them already know each other, but we did self-introduce so that today is our first class. Also, I explained Course Requirements according to the paper.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
1)First of all, I asked them what kind of information they need when they want to introduce yourself, and I let them give phrase.
2)Self introduction/ Students needs to think at least 5 questions which is included YES, NO questions but tried to use WH questions. I introduce example questions(好きな食べ物はなんですか？／どうして日本語を勉強していますか？あなたのゴールは何ですか？)
How did students react?
They tried to memorize much information what their friends said. They spoke Japanese but I could hear English at some point. I understand it’s the beginning of semester and they seemed like forgot some Japanese Phrases. In total, I think they react very well, and seemed to have fun.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, I think so. But as I wrote above, I heard they talked in English…
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Course Requirement paper
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, I recommend this activity for a future class.
Why or why not?
Because it is the beginning of the class in this semester, and they need to know their friends names (of course!). Also, According to ask WH questions to each other let them have more conversation, and this exercise is good Ice Breaker to get to know each other at the first class.