Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Oct 3, 2016

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate Japanese

Class theme/topics discussed: The Meaning of Paper-crane

Goal of the class:

Students will learn the true meaning of paper-crane folded by Origami.

Students will learn to fold their own paper-crane.

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (10 min) Attendance check and announcements

I check students’ attendance and give them three announcements.

Activity 2 (10 min): Warm up

I make a group of three and ask them a question about last weekend and I let them talk about it freely in a group and then in the class.

Activity 3 (5 min): Review of the Last Class

I ask the students some questions about the material we covered last class and review the key points together with PowerPoint.

Activity 4 (30 min): Let’s Fold our own Paper-crane and others

I make a group of three and give a piece of origami to the students and then we fold the paper-crane together while watching the demo-video. I introduce the students some vocabulary used in the process of folding it. I also show them others and let them fold it freely in the class.

Activity 5 (5 min): Consolidation (What is your idea of peace?)

I ask two questions to the students, and they think about it. Then I gather the ideas from the students and conclude it in the class.

Back up activity (5-10 min) Brainstorming

I ask the students about their favorite Japanese song. Students think about it and discuss it in the class. I write down them they said on the whiteboard.

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

Powerpoint, origami

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

The class was successful in general. All students engaged a lot and participated in folding the paper-crane and other works. They had fun and communicated with other classmates and taught one another how to make it in Japanese. I was so surprised that they loved to do this kind of activity folding the paper-crane in the class with the support of other classmates if needed. I have spent much time on folding the paper-crane in the class, so I could not move on to the next activity today which was supposed to be a consolidation of the class.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I need to play back-music while they are folding the origami which will make the class better. Also, in order to be able to move on to the next activity (consolidation), I must manage the time setting a time limit for each activity in detail from now on.

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