Language Resident Name: Ayaka Matsuo
Day and Date: Thursday, May 2nd
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced Japanese
Class theme/topics discussed: Working Environment in Japan
Goal of the class: To learn the current movement regarding working environment improvement in Japan and to be able to say opinions on it using appropriate words.
How did you structure the class?
Activity1 (10 min): Warm-up
Students talk about their good or bad working experience.
Activity2 (10 min): Vocabularies
Students make a pair and write at least 5 Japanese words that are used to talk about working or one’s company life. I also add some new vocabs that are useful to know.
Activity3 (10 min): Japan’s recent movement to improve working environment
I introduce a movement initiated by the government to improve the working environment in Japan.
Activity4 (20 min): Discussion
We discuss why is a job so important? What do we work for? What makes the environment harder and harder in Japan? Old generation (workaholic) vs New generation, which do you agree with?
Activity5 (10 min): Wrap-up
I ask the whole class some wrap-up questions.
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
It worked pretty well. There were many new words that students didn’t know, so I tried to check on them if they know the words and tried to make the class environment comfortable so they can always ask questions. It was interesting enough for them, hopefully.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
This class could be more interesting and a peer-learning style with tasks in which students look for any problem the movement initiated by the government, think about them and present them to the class.
If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that). Please attach any handouts as well.