Language Resident Name: Ayaka Matsuo
Day and Date: 4/11/2018
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate Japanese
Class theme/topics discussed: Japanese Fairy Tales
Goal of the class: By the time this class ends, they get to be familiar with some Japanese fairy tales. Also, they get to make stories in Japanese.
How did you structure the class?
Activity1 (5 min): Brainstorming of Japanese Fairy Tales
We share what students already know about Japanese fairy tales quickly.
Activity2 (10 min): Learning the Story
I divide the class into 3 groups and give them stories written in pieces of papers. First, students have to rearrange the pieces to make a story. Then, after they learn the story, they think about what the message the story tells in a group.
Activity3 (25 min): Sharing the Stories
Each group presents what story they learn, summarizing it briefly. Before they present it, they clarify what characters there are. They also share what they think about the story, what they find interesting, the onomatopoeias they learn from the story and what the message the story tells. Each group has 3 minutes to present. Every time after they present, I’ll show them short movies of the story found on YouTube so everyone could understand to some degree.
Activity4 (10 min): Creating Their Fairy Tales
Based on what they learn from the previous activities, they create their fairy tales. They need to clarify the message they want to convey through the story.
Activity5 (10 min): Presentation
Each group presents their fairy tales, without mentioning the message. After the rest of the class finishes listening to them, they guess what the message they put in it.
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
Everything worked well although we didn’t have time to go over the second part of my plans, which is to create their fairy tale. It was really interesting to discuss what those fairy tales imply.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
I would keep it as it is.