Conversation Class

Lesson Summary


Language and Section: Japanese Advanced and intermediate: Homosexuality and Law in Japan and America

Date: November 22nd

Class theme/topics discussed: Homosexuality

Goal of the class: To learn about Japan’s social issue and compare it with American society.

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

Japanese songs dictation: 10 to 15 minutes. ( You can choose songs according to students’ favorite genre)

First, students were asked how each state has different laws on same-sex marriage and the people’s reactions on it. Let students explain them to you. They speak well when they are asked to explain to you.

I introduced Japanese laws on the topic and people’s attitudes on it. I showed some Japanese TV shows that are ran by mainly gay people, which is very rare in Japanese TV history. I asked how they think of it and we had discussion on it.

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.)

I used youtube for the song dictation.

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

Students enjoyed this topic a lot, since students in my class are interested in social issues. They were curious on learning my (Japanese) perspectives on this issues. I recommend you to choose this topic after learning about your students first.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Before start the discussion in big group, I will divide students into smaller groups and let them discuss on it first in the future.

If you have international students in class, you should definitely ask other country’s situations on this topic.

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.