Language Residents

an archive of lesson plans

Author: Kaori (page 1 of 4)

JP S11 INT/ADV Good-Bye Present

Class theme/topics discussed:

1. Make a good-bye present :message card (write a message on a square piece of high-quality paperboard:色紙に寄せ書きをする)

I bought Japanese style message paperboards for each students and I. After I explained about the paperboard (for intermediate students), Students wrote down a nice message to all classmates and I.

2. Watch Advanced and Intermediate conversation class projects
Movie trailer of Sailor Moon (Advanced)
Short movie of My Friend Is Foreigner (Intermediate)

※Refreshment (Japanese snacks and tea) was served.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Today was the final conversation class this year. I wanted to do something special and memorable with my students. So I decided to do make a message card, which is one of common good-bye presents when Japanese people make a farewell.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I explained when and how Japanese people use the message card, and then students decided a layout of the card and started to write down messages.

How did students react?
They need to take a little bit long time to complete a message card though, they seemed to be glad to get a messages from all classmates and me.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes! They focused on writing a message seriously. I think this time was my first time to see very quiet advanced conversation class.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, of course!!

Why or why not?
This lesson plan was fun and good for students to practice both writing and reading. Also, they could learn Japanese farewell custom through making a card. I asked my family in Japan to send cards to the U.S though, LRs can get a paperboard in Marukai, Japanese super market, in L.A.

JP S11 INT/ADV Riddles, Truth, Lies

Class theme/topics discussed:

1. Warm up activity: Japanese Riddles
I picked up several riddles from the books of Japanese Lounge and wrote down them on the cards. One student read aloud them and others answered the riddles.

2. Talk about two truth and one lie
Students thought of three stories: two of them were true experience and the other was lie. After making them, students shared the stories with classmates. Classmates had to guess which story is lie. They can ask some questions to judge.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted students to know much about how they express their feeling and experiences. So I decided to do this activity. I thought if students just talk about their experience, it would be boring. I let them include the lying stories to make the class fun.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Cards for riddles, group discussion

How did students react?
Sometimes this activity was a little bit difficult for some of them when they tried to explain their story in detail. However, they loved to do this activity.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Sure!! All of them tried to make funny stories. Even though sometimes they have troubles in using Japanese, they tried to rephrase what they wanted to say. That was great!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, it would be fun in any levels.

Why or why not?
Talking about myself is one of significant goal when people learn foreign language. I think instructors let students talk a lot much more about themselves in many ways. Telling a truth and lie would be one of great ways to facilitate students’ conversation.

JP S11 ADV Easter

Class theme/topics discussed:

・Talk about Easter
Each student explained about what Easter holiday is and how they celebrate Easter holiday at home. After that, they have to answer some questions from classmates and I.

・Egg Hunting
This game was not just to find an egg in the room. I hided 10 cards, which is written a word on each card, in Oldenborg. Students had to find all cards by using clue cards and put them in right order to know where the egg was. The egg was in my pocket!

How did you pick this theme?

I really wanted to do an educational/instructional activity like debate under the topic of politics. However, my students did not want to do that. (I heard how they think of debate in Japanese in advance.) So I decided to do a fun activity. Easter was coming soon, I tried to do some activities related to Easter. For some seniors, they are going to go to Japan after graduation. They will need to talk their won culture in Japan. So it became great opportunity for them to think and talk about Easter and their culture.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
General discussion, group work (treasure hunting)

How did students react?
When students found a card, I divided them into 3 groups. Each groups wanted to find a cards faster than other groups. So students thought hard and run! They were amazing!!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, students loved to do that.

Why or why not?
From my experience, it is very important for all people to talk about their own culture. I think learning foreign language also brings people awareness of their origin culture and value. Especially, some students are going to go to Japan this year. They will need to have the oppotunity of talking their culture. Easter is not Japanese culture, but I think language residents can make a good lesson plan from American culture like today’s lesson plan.

JP S11 INT Everyday Life Situation: Starbucks, Jamba Juice

Class theme/topics discussed:

・Conversation in everyday life situation
(On Apri 21th)
Since just one student showed up this time, I took him to Starbucks Coffee, which is located in village. I brought the copies of Japanese Starbucks web site to talk about the difference between American Starbucks and Japanese one.

(On April 28th)
Since just one student showed up this time, I took her to Jamba Juice, which is located in village. We were just chatting there while drinking a juice.

How did you pick this theme?
I really wanted to group task today, but I could not do that because two of them did not come to the class. Since my student who showed up has highly motivated and want to know many colloquial expressions in daily life, I thought it would be great opportunity for him/her to learn them through real life situation.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
handouts

How did students react?
My students really enjoyed chatting and drinking coffee/juice in real life situation.
They talked a lot more than usual.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Japanese Starbuck website (On April 21th)

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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, of course if LRs still have money.

Why or why not?
Authentic situation is conductive to conversation. While drinking a coffee/juice, we could talk about many things like menu, people’s clothes, foods, hobby…etc. Students talked a lot!! That was amazing!!

JP S11 INT/ADV Role Play: If I were

Class theme/topics discussed: The expression of “If I were~, I would do~.”

1. Warm up activity: “Saikoro Talk” (deciding a topic what they talk using a dice)
At first, students decide six topics using subjunctive expressions and number cards. One student shoots a dice and talks about the topic on the card which is the same number of the dice.
2. Role Play: “If I were a manager of hotel, I would do~”
Half of students become a manger of hotel and the others are customers. Customers have to complain everything about hotel. The hotel staffs need to deal with a lot of problems. All managers have a meeting and make a decision what and how they improve the hotel’s situation.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Sometimes I felt students did not correctly use the subjunctive expressions in conversation. So I decided to do the above activities.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts, group discussion and group work

How did students react?
They loved to decide a topic by a dice! Some students asked me to do a dice talk again. As for the role play, they did not like it so much. They don’t want to pretend someone, but be themselves.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

I will recommend an only dice talk.

Why or why not?

As for a dice talk, it would be great tool for leading conversation. On the other hand, role play was a little bit boring for students because students really need the real life situation. If they wanted to become a hotel staff in the future, the activity would be good for them. Role play might be good for the class in Mason, but not for conversation class.

JP S11 ADV Blind Date

Class theme/topics discussed: “Feeling Couple” (blind date)

1. Warm up activity: who is your type?
1)I gave a list of personalities. Students check the meaning of each vocabulary.
2)Rate personalities on the basis of their type.
3)Share the result with classmates and discuss the difference among them.

2. Make a profile
Students create their own profile. They can pretend to be a different person.

3. Blind date (Interview)
Talk with classmates and decide one person who he/she wants to have a relationship

4. Declare love
It is the time to express their love to the person who he/she like. How many couple do they make?

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I thought this class needed more chances to have a conversation especially after the project. So I decided to pick up the topic. Since I know my students love to talk about romances, I thought the topic of blind date would be good for them.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group discussion, handouts

How did students react?
They loved to do blind date activities. Some students made a very funny profile and got attention from classmates.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
N/A

Please attach a copy.
I put documents on Sakai.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Sure, students love it.

Why or why not?
This lesson plan let students talk a lot. Also, students really enjoyed talking about themselves/different person. Since this activity needs many vocabulary to attract classmates, it would be very useful and educational lesson plan.

JP S11 INT/ADV Watching a Movie “My Darling Is a Foreigner”

Class theme/topics discussed:

Watching a Japanese movie: “My Darilng Is a Foreigner”
Students watched a beginning part of the movies. At some point, I stopped the movie and asked some questions and they answered. When they had a question, I also stopped the video and answered their questions.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I finally found a movie of “My Darilng Is a Foreigner” This movie was the source of idea for intermediate conversation class project. So I really wanted students to watch the movie.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group discussion

How did students react?
They loved to watch the movie! They were curious about the cultural difference in daily life between American husband and Japanese wife.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
TV

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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Sure!

Why or why not?

This movie was really good tool for learning the current cultural difference between the U.S. and Japan. Students could learn a lot from the movie. Some conversation was difficult though, they seemed to enjoy watching the movie and discussion.

JP S11 INT/ADV Watching a Movie “Departures”

Class theme/topics discussed:

1. Talk about the Japan Fest (just for the lesson 21)
Since students will help out the Japan Fest, they need to check the schedule and what they are supposed to do and bring on the day of the Japan Fest.

2. Watch Japanese Movie: “Departures” (for both lesson 21 and 22)

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Japan Fest is coming soon. I just wanted to remind them of the Japan Fest on coming Sunday. As for the movie, students asked me to show the movie because they already watched the beginning of the movie.

3. Question and Answer (for the lesson 22)
Students answer the question about the movie. Which scene is the most impressive? What is the funniest? How do you think about Japanese funeral? …etc.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Students asked me to watch everything after project. I accepted their offer because I also think this movie is good for them because conversation of this film include Japanese dialect.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group discussion

How did students react?
They loved to watch Japanese movie.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
PC, DVD, TV

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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Sure!!

Why or why not?
Watching movies motivate students to be curious about Japanese culture and society. It is good idea for conversation class to watch the movie. This movie is especially good. (It already got an Oscar!!) Since most of characters in the movie talked in a dialect of Japanese, students can explore cultural diversity in Japan.

JP S11 ADV Project, Making thank you cards

Class theme/topics discussed:

1. Edit the project
Two of my students edited the video for the project. Today was the final editing.

2. Shopping trip to the Village and make a thank you card
Other students always do different stuff while two of them were editing.
To buy “thank you card” and chocolates for the bake sale, I took students to the village and then let them to write a nice message to professors of Japanese who helped the bake sale.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Editing was needed for the project.
My students asked me to go to village to buy cards and chocolates so that they want to say thanks to prof. Miyake and Prof. Udagawa.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Cards, Group discussion

How did students react?
Students loved to write a message. So sweet!!
Editors just focused on editing the video and its music.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
PC

Please attach a copy.
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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Sure!!

Why or why not?
Editing is needed for the project.
Making a message card is important to keep good relationship. However, students do not learn the specific expressions for cards in the class. It is great oppotunity for them to learn expressions through making a thank you cards.

JP S11 INT/ADV Japanese Doll Festival

Class theme/topics discussed: Japanese Doll Festival

Students cooked Chirashizushi and did some games (20 questions and Shiritori)
Japanese exchange students from Kougakuin University also joined the class. They talked about how they celebrate the day and what they do on the day to students.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
General discussion, handouts,cooking

How did students react?
They were excited to make and eat sushi. They also enjoyed talking and playing with Japanese exchange students.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Sure!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
TV (to show the doll)

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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?

Sometimes students need to have fun in the class. Cooking Japanese foods and talking with native speakers are always great successful as lesson plan. Also, they could learn one of Japanese festivals.

JP S11 ADV Project, Job Interview

Class theme/topics discussed:
1. Planning event
-deciding event’s name
-thinking about the schedule

2. Question and answer for Thomas
Students asked many questions to Thomas because he would go to the interview of JET program on this weekend.

3. Watching a movie trailer (Okuribito)
From next week, students will start to plan it in detail. This movie trailer would be helpful for them to come up with something good.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It is time to plan the project and a special event on April.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
General discussion

How did students react?
Students seemed to like planning an event. They had wonderful ideas for all events and project! That was awesome!!

Did they engage with each other and you?
Sure!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
N/A

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?

The project is requirement for the conversation class. As for question and answer, I hope it was helpful for Thomas to take an interview in Japanese. I think it was good for other students to practice asking and answering non-prompt questions.

JP S11 INT Association Game, Project

Class theme/topics discussed:

Game: Magical Banana
(This is a word association game. After watching You tube, we tried it.)

Planning a project:
-explaining and what students are supposed to do for the project again
-deciding what they will do. (They will make a short drama under the title of “my friend is foreigner.”

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It is time to plan the project.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group work

How did students react?
Students seemed to like planning a project. They had wonderful ideas for the project! That was awesome!!

Did they engage with each other and you?
Sure!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
PC : I used You tube : Magical Banana

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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
The project is requirement of the conversation class. I think it is good idea that some game or activity is included before doing the project because some students do not like to do just the project.

JP S11 ADV Party Planning

Class theme/topics discussed:
1.Warm up discussion: What did we do last Class?
-Some students explained what they did last class to other students who went to TV meeting.

2. Party Planning
-Checking advertisements of Japanese grocery stores.
-Planning a party in a group. One student leaded the conversation as a facilitator.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I thought students needed to practice a group work for planning real event on April.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group work
General discussion

How did students react?
They loved to see Japanese advertisement and think about their party.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Japanese advertisements

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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!

Why or why not?

Authentic materials drove students to talk a lot in Japanese. It was very successful class!!

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JP S11 INT Gender Roles

Class theme/topics discussed:

1. Warm up Activity: Number in Your Life
-A student says a number which he/she likes and other students guess the reason why he/she likes.

2. Discussion Topic: Thinking about gender role
-filling in the blank of the article in group (Which occupation is mostly for women or men in general?)
-general discussion

How did you pick this theme or topic?
In the previous lesson, my students were wondering gender roles in the Anpanman video. So I just wanted students to think about this issue more deeply.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group work
General discussion

How did students react?
It was a kind of tough topics, but they tried to express what they thought in Japanese as much as possible. It was amazing!!

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
I used an article from Japanese text book.

Please attach a copy.
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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!

Why or why not?

Connecting to the previous class was very useful for students to remember words for the topic. As for the warm up activity, they love to guess the meaning, which drove students to think about lots of questions in Japanese. It was successful!!

JP S11 INT St. Valentine’s Day

Class theme/topics discussed:
1. Project
-watching previous projects
-discussing what students will do for the project
(They decided to make a video under the title of “my daring is foreigner.)

2. St. Valentine’s day
-discuss the difference between Japanese Valentine’s day and American’s one.
-watch Anpanman. (Dokin-chan no Valentine day )
-Question and Answer session to check how students understand the contents

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Today was the best time to think about the topic of Project and st. Valentine day.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group work
Watching video

How did students react?
Students really love to watch the video.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Downloaded video from youtube

Please attach a copy.
N/A

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!

Why or why not?
As for Valentine topic, they really love to know the cultural difference. Watching a video is useful tool to know about it. They could also think about the gender stuff in the video. (Because the contents’ of this video was a little bit sexist…)

JP S11 INT Setsubun, Party Planning

Class theme/topics discussed:
1. Setsubun
-Guess what the family of picture is doing(Throwing roasted soybeans)
-Read an article of Setsubun and answer some questions about its contents
2. Party Planning
-Check advertisements of Japanese grocery stores.
-Plan a party in a group. One student leaded the conversation as a facilitator.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted to introduce one of Japanese seasonal events, Setsubun. On the day, Japanese families celebrate the close of winter and hold the party. This lesson plan is also connected to the study break.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group work
Handouts for planning a party
Advertisement of Japanese grocery stores

How did students react?
Students really love to see Japanese advertisements.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they talked a lot in Japanese.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Downloaded video from youtube

Please attach a copy.
N/A

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!

Why or why not?
I think today’s class was good to know Japanese traditions. Authentic material was good for initiating conversation. After the lass, students could enjoy throwing the beans and eating Ehoumaki (Sushi) at the study break.

JP S11 INT/ADV Cultural Difference

Class theme/topics discussed:

Cultural differences 2:
-Talk about last week’s meeting with Japanese exchange students. Students describe their feeling at least 5 sentences.
-Watch a special TV program for the movie of “My Daring Is Foreigner”
-Question and answer about the TV program.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
(For advanced students) I wanted to do a kind of rapping up activities about meeting with native Japanese speaker. Since I expected they felt a lot of cultural differences, I was wondering how they noticed them and what the differences were.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
General discussion

How did students react?
Students really love to talk their experience and cultural differences. They were surprised that their Japanese were much better than Japanese student’s English.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they talked a lot in Japanese.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
TV, Downloaded video from youtube

Please attach a copy.
N/A

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!

Why or why not?
I think today’s class was a coherent lesson. Students could express their feeling based on their experience, which many students really want to improve. Also, talking about cultural difference would be good and helpful to understand Japanese culture.

JP S11 INT Calligraphy, movie trailer

Class theme/topics discussed:
1. Calligraphy
-thinking about their favorite Kanji for Calligraphy
– practicing Kanji

2. Watching a movie trailer: Always: sunset on the third street
(This movie is for the movie night on Thursday!)
-watching the trailer
-answering questions to check whether students understood or not.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Intermediate students really loved to do calligraphy. So I did it again. As for a movie trailer, students were supposed to watch it at the movie night on Thursday. Since I wanted many students to come to the movie night, I showed it to students.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
group work

How did students react?
They loved to write their favorite Kanji and watch an interesting movie trailer.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Sure!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
TV, PC, You tube

Please attach a copy.
N/A

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
Both activities motivate students to learn Japanese more.

JP S11 INT/ADV Cultural Differences

Class theme/topics discussed:

Cultural differences 1:
-Check the national flags and its Japanese name
-Read about dialogues of cultural differences written by 5C Language Residents
-translate it into Japanese
-general discussion (based on questions and answers)

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I have an international student from Korea and one student already been to Japan to study Japanese. I wanted them to talk their experience.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
handouts, general discussion

How did students react?
Though LRs’ dialogue was a little bit difficult for students, they seemed to enjoy talking about their experiences.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Sure!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
N/A

Please attach a copy.
N/A

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
This topic was very nice activity for students, but I should have thought about students’ level.

JP S11 INT/ADV Calligraphy

Class theme/topics discussed:

Japanese Culture: Calligraphy
-explaining how to use and write with a brush for calligraphy
-practicing the basic eight way of writing (永字八法)
-practicing Hiragana

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted students to know some Japanese New Year culture. On Japanese New Year, calligraphy is one of important activity. In general, people write happy words like “dream” and “wish”.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Students’ performance

How did students react?
They did this activity very seriously. They really like calligraphy.

Did they engage with each other and you?
YES!!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
N/A

Please attach a copy.
N/A

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
YES!

Why or why not?
Calligraphy is one of famous and important Japanese culture. So I think students should know and experience it to know much about Japanese and Japanese society.

JP F10 INT/ADV Cooking

Class theme/topics discussed:
-Cooking Okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza)

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted to do something special on the final conversation class day. Last week, I asked students what they would like to do on the final day, and then they requested to cook Okonomiyaki.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Ingredients

How did students react?
I heard that all students do not show up on the final day, but all students attended and really enjoyed cooking. I was really glad that.

dia did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
PC (for watching Japanese talkshow),DVD
Please attach a copy.
N/A

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Sure!

Why or why not?
It was good authentic material for students to cook Japanese traditional foods. It was good closing for conversation class this semester.

JP F10 INT/ADV Party planning, Reflection

Class theme/topics discussed:
-Checking Attendance (Language table, cultural activities, conversation attendance)
-watching a IRC project/reflection for the project
-Planning the final conversation class

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Since I wanted to do something special on the final day, I asked students to make a plan.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handout, DVD

How did students react?
Students seemed to be tired because they had lots of stuff to do, but they engaged in the activity.

dia did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
PC (for watching Japanese talkshow),DVD
Please attach a copy.
N/A

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Sure!

Why or why not?
It was good authentic material for students to plan the party. I chose a student as a facilitator to discuss. That was succeeded in promoting conversation.

JP F10 INT/ADV Thanksgiving

Class theme/topics discussed:
-Checking Attendance (Language table, cultural activities, conversation attendance)
-Talking about Thanksgiving by using the way of Saikoro Talk (Japanese famous talk show)

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted students to talk about their great experience during thanksgiving. Since students talk in turn was bored, I introduced Japanese talking show style.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handout, general discussion, student presentation

How did students react?

At first, students did not fully understand the rule of Saikoro Talk, but they understood that later and enjoyed talking their great experience during Thanksgiving. They love this talking style. It was fun.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
PC (for watching Japanese talkshow),
Please attach a copy.
N/A

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Sure!

Why or why not?
It is important for students to express their feeling and their experience to the other in target language. This game definitely helps to improve speaking ability. They also explained custom of thanksgiving.

JP F10 INT/ADV Trip

Class theme/topics discussed:
-Checking Attendance (Language table, cultural activities, conversation attendance)
-Role Play: Trip Planning
(One student became a customer and the other student became a staff at tourist agency. Customers had to request many things and staff had to get a contract through negotiation with customer. This activity needs participation!)

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted to do a “role play” in the conversation class because it generates a lot of interactions among students. This activity is a good topic for students to learn not only Japanese, but also culture. (I could explain about a hot spring.) Also, they could learn polite expressions.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handout, pair work, general discussion

How did students react?

Since some students could not create long sentence/paragraph. The others did really enjoy and some of them are very talented and create many situations.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
PC,
Please attach a copy.
N/A

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Sure!

Why or why not?
This topic is necessary for daily life. It motivates students to learn Japanese and also generates lots of chances to talking in the classroom

JP F10 ADV Feeling ill

Symptoms and diagnosis
-Charades (Gestures are related to the expression of symptoms)
-Model Dialogue (listening and filling in the blank)
-Role Play
-Open Discussion
-Making a origami crane (as a get-well present)

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Our class was done the project. I wanted to meet students’ need that they want to learn daily Japanese conversation.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handout, pair work, general discussion

How did students react?
Some students already forgot some words and phrases, but they remembered soon through the activities, especially the charades. Also, they enjoyed making a origami crane.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, all of them engaged in conversation so much!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
PC

Please attach a copy.
N/A

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Sure!

Why or why not?
This topic is necessary for daily life. It motivates students to learn Japanese and also generates lots of chances to talking in the classroom.

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