Language Resident Name: Akihiro Shimizu
Day and Date: 11/25, Tue
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Japanese, Advanced
Class theme/topics discussed: Garbage
Goal of the class: Students will be familiar with separating rubbish in Japan.
How did you structure the class?
I ask students several questions: have you separated rubbish in Japan? did you have any troubles concerning rubbish in Japan? Etc.
I distribute handouts to students. In handouts, there are pictures of rubbish. Students classify them into four categories in accordance with the Japanese way of separation of rubbish. Which garbage is which category in Japan? Compost? Flammable? Recycle?
Watching a video, students confirm how to separate rubbish in Japan. I make comments on that.
I explain the process of garbage treatment in Japan.
Students answer several questions on recycling in handouts. What are you doing to reduce garbage? The list of questions is found in 『日本語おしゃべりのたね』p94.
6) Role Play
Stundets play roles of several cases. First, they fill in the blacks in a conversation in the handouts. The model conversation is found in 『会話に挑戦中級前期からの日本語ロールプレイ』p110.
After completing the conversation, they practice it with their partner.
Students come up with excuses, which should be used when throwing out the garbage in the wrong way in Japan. In handouts they find several cases. The cases are seen in 『会話に挑戦中級前期からの日本語ロールプレイ』p111.
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
Students are really interested in this topic, since some of them have experienced the separation of the garbage and some of them are willing to stay in Japan in the near future. Especially the roleplay worked well. Students made a interesting but logical conversation.