Language and Section: Intermediate

Date: November 12 

Class theme/topics discussed: Onomatopoetic word and mimetic word

Goal of the class:

-Students will be able to understand what the onomatopoetic words and mimetic words are

-Students will be able to use onomatopoetic words and mimetic words in their original stories 

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

First activity

-I played the YouTube clip of the song “Bun bun bun”, which is a song that uses onomatopoetic words. Then the students sang while checking the lyrics of the song.  The teacher asked the students what kind of onomatopoetic words they heard in that song.

-Teacher made sure that the students knew what onomatopoetic words are and what mimetic words are.

Second activity

-The teacher distributed the hand out with pictures of many kinds of animals to the students and they guessed what kind of sounds each animal makes. This activity was done in pairs.

After students finished their work, the teacher checked their answers.

Third activity

-Students shared the onomatopoetic words and mimetic words that they already knew with the other students. Then the teacher put cards of onomatopoetic words and mimetic words that they did not know on the table. After that, the students made stories using the onomatopoetic words and the mimetic words.  Lastly, the students shared their original stories in class.

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

YouTube clip ( )   , handouts, 

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

-The students showed their interest in onomatopoetic words and mimetic words. The good thing was that since I asked them to share onomatopoetic words in English, I could make the class more motivated, effective, and enjoyable. The students worked hard to make interesting stories using onomatopoetic words.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Class worked out well. But after the class I realized that I should have used real world material in class as well so that the students could better understand that there are many onomatopoetic words and mimetic words that are used in real life situations in Japan. 

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