Language Resident Name: Ayaka Matsuo
Day and Date: Monday, September 24th
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate Japanese
Class theme/topics discussed: Family
Goal of the class: To be able to use vocabs and expression related to family.
How did you structure the class?
Activity1 (10 min): Warm-up
Students are divided into 2 groups and each group dice-talk about their weekend. Each dimension of the dices has an adjective that could relate to family or family life.
Activity2 (5 min): Review
We review all together Japanese words of family members. Students freely shout it out and I type it, showing on the screen.
Activity3 (10 min): Brainstorming
Students are divided into 4 groups and each group has to come up with one of the names of Japanese girl, Japanese boys, American girls or American boys. While they’re brainstorming in a few minutes, I divided the white board into 4 sections. Then, after a few minutes, each group come and write what they came up with on the white board in Japanese. This is a competition. The group with the largest number of names they came up with and wrote them on in correct spelling won.
Acitivty4 (20 min): Family Tree
Students stay in the group and I give each group a piece of paper. They create an imaginary family tree as they want, making it complicated. After they’re done with that, I combine 2 groups into a bigger group so the whole class is now 2 bigger groups. One group presents their family tree, not showing the tree to the other group, and the other group tries to draw a tree as exactly as they can on a paper. Then, they switch over drawing.
Activity5 (10 min): Class Family Tree
We pretend that we’re all one family and create a class family tree.
Activity6 (5 min): Wrap-up
I briefly announce the upcoming cultural activity.
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
It worked well. I’m glad students liked the activities.
How could this class be improved/ modified?It could be fun to make them a skit on family, suppose the whole class is a family. This way would let students to practice to whom to use formal and informal forms.