Language Residents

an archive of lesson plans

Author: Yohichi Tagami

JA S17 “Welcome Back Party”

JA S17 “Study Break: Onigiri & Soba Night”

JA S17 “Off-Campus Cultural Activity”

JA S17 INT “Japanese Song & TV Show”

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Monday, February 6, 2017

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

 Class theme/topics discussed: Japanese Song & TV Show

 Goal of the class:

The students will be able to understand the basic contents of Japanese song and TV show.

 

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (2 min) Attendance check and Announcement

I check students’ attendance and give them announcements.

 Activity 2 (8 min) Warm-up

I casually ask the students about their weekend and Japanese New Year’s Party held last Friday.

Activity 3 (25 min) Review of the song “Mirai-e”

The students listen to the song with lyrics and fill in the rest of blanks while listening. Then I introduce some vocabulary and we review the meaning of lyrics sentence by sentence together in the class. Then I give them several questions related to the song and students talk about them in the class. In the end, we sing the song together in the class. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6Eyu2V4iDs

Activity 4 (25 min) Japanese Show

I ask a question about what you would do if you pick up some money. Students share the idea by demonstrating themselves in the class. Then, I introduce the show in the class and give them a question related to the theme on the show. We exchange the ideas in the class and watch the show together in the class. Then we review general information of what they have seen. I also give them explanation about some vocabulary not familiar with the students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-vmsFO_mMc

Back-up Activity (15 min) Listening to Japanese short comedy

I give them the theme before watching the clip. Students brainstorm what the story is about by sharing the ideas in the class. Then, we watch a clip together in the class and review general information of it. I also give them explanation about some vocabulary not familiar with the students.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1zDi9_nxCA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi_cgVxlJCw&t=17s

 

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

Powerpoint

 

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

The class was good in general. I was able to get the song activity done quickly and to move on to the next activity. I just found the short comedy, which was supposed to do in the class today, difficult, so I switched the activity with another one that I just came up with right before the class. Honestly, it was not prepared enough because of that sudden change, but I did my best. I could prepare enough before conducting the class, so that I could instruct the class well.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

When I conduct new activities in my intermediate class, I often failed as I feel in that way, and I find many points needed to be revised by the next class of teaching. This semester I usually try new activities in my intermediate class, so I need to be prepared enough more than I did in the last semester; otherwise, the class goes terrible. I need to be more aware of my delivery, explanation, and instruction for guiding the class from now on.

JA S17 INT “Valentine Day around the World & White Day in Japan”

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Monday, February 13, 2017

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

 Class theme/topics discussed: Valentine Day around the World & White Day in Japan

 Goal of the class:

The students will be able to get to know the Valentine day and compare it with the ones of other countries.

 

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (2 min): Attendance check and Announcement

I check students’ attendance and give them announcements.

 Activity 2 (8 min): Warm-up

I casually ask the students about their weekend and lead discussion by asking the questions to the students since we had beautiful sunny skies during the weekend.

Activity 3 (20 min): Introduction of Valentine Day

I simply ask the students about the Valentine day upcoming this week and announce the today’s topic. I also ask them about general information of it with the perspectives of both America and China and write them down on the whiteboard. Then, I ask them about their memory of that day and share them in the class. After that, I lead the discussion by giving them the equal chances where they are able to express their ideas in the class. Then, I talk about the recent trend of Japanese one by introducing the types of chocolate that one gives it to the other with some illustration on the whiteboard.

Activity 4 (30 min) Watching a Japanese Warmhearted Story

I briefly introduce the story in the class and give them some questions which the students need to pay attention to while watching it. Then, we watch the whole story together in the class. After that, we review about the summary of that story together in the class by asking them questions and getting the answers in the class. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3r7izr

 

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

Powerpoint

 

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

The class was successful in general. Today’s topic did help a lot the class be more productive and interactive. Basically, I was able to lead the class as planned, conducting each activity in an appropriate order. The story that we have watched in the class today was also relevant to their level of Japanese, so it seems to me that they understood the story very well. However, I found some parts needed to be revised.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

The PowerPoint I used today was simple, so I can put more photos in the slides, which makes it creative.  By doing so, it would be also a good help for their understanding when they get lost during the class. Before watching the short story in the class, I need to give the students basic background of the story such as main character, key points, and new vocabulary, which would motivate the students to watch it with those views. Also, I need to clarify well about the activity after watching it.

JA S17 INT “Consensus Game”

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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

 Class theme/topics discussed: Consensus Game

 Goal of the class:

Students will be able to express their ideas and opinions in the class.

 

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (10 min): Attendance check & Announcement & Warm-up

I check students’ attendance and give them announcements. Then, I casually ask the students about their updates and news, leading small conversation in the class.

Activity 2 (5 min): Introduction of the Game

I briefly introduce about Sekiggae, one of the exciting school events in Japan. And then I give them a handout and introduce the game in the class. Also, I explain about the situation to the students.

Activity 3 (20 min): Consensus Game 1 (Where is my seat??)

Students are given pieces of information cards and look at them and read them on their own. And then I explain a couple of rules on the game to the students. When they are ready, students stand up and talk with one another exchanging information with classmates in order to complete the game. They write down the answers on the whiteboard. And I check them out at the end.

 Activity 4 (25 min): Consensus Game 2 (Drawing a map)

I briefly explain the game in the class and give the students pieces of information card. The students read them on their own. When they are ready, students stand up and talk with one another exchanging information with classmates in order to complete the map activity. They draw the map on the whiteboard. And I check it out at the end.

 

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

Powerpoint

 

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

The class was successful in general. And students loved the activities I prepared. They spoke a lot in the class in order to work on the activities. I conducted this kind of consensus activities for the first time, but it went well. I have two more classes left this semester, so I am going to try this type of activity again in the next class on Monday.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Everything was perfect in the class today. The students engaged a lot and participated in the activities. They were also motivated to working on the activities. Overall, today’s class was, needless to say, wonderful. Students really liked it as I did. I will teach them two more times through the semester, and I am so excited to teach them in the class.

JA S17 ADV “Disney & Japanese Film”

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Disney & Japanese Film

Goal of the class:

The students will be able to describe a story of film.  

 

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (5 min) Attendance check and Announcement

I check students’ attendance and give them announcements.

 Activity 2 (15 min) Warm-up

I casually ask them about the movie they have watched recently. I make pairs in the class and they talk about it with their partner sharing it each other. I ask them about their favorite movie and to introduce it in the rest of the class. Also, I introduce about my movie and explain the story of it. After that, students introduce the story of film in the class and others guess which movie it is.

Activity 3 (30 min) Let’s describe a movie

I will demonstrate the activity in front of the class. I pick up a card on the table which has an image of Disney film on it. Then I introduce about the story of that movie to the students without saying the title of movie, names of characters, and they guess it by writing down the name on the paper given. Then, we talk about some techniques when explaining about the story to the others. Also, we review the points and rules for the activity together in the class, and students try to present their film in the class.

 Activity 4 (10 min) Let’s become a director

I make pairs in the class and they are given a poster of Japanese film. Students guess the story with their partner and make a short story on another paper. After that, each group shows the poster in the class and introduces the story that they have created in the class. We also watch the trailers of those films together and think of the story again in the class if possible.

 

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

Powerpoint

 

What worked well in this class? What did not work?
The class was good in general. But the tasks I gave the students today seemed to be not challenging for them but too easy, because all the students knew the Disney film more than I did. So I tried to make differences and to let them practice in more relevant way, but it wasn’t going well as I expected. However, I have some solutions against that issue right now, so I would like to try the activity in that way next time, giving them a task to make a whole story in the class.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I think I can divide a story of film for the number of students in the class and give each student a task to make a short story about that situation by referring to the photo given. Then the students prepare for their own part on their own and in the end we can combine them together by having them introduce their part one by one in front of the class. By doing so, the students are given a certain task and work hard on their own. Also, I can let them play in the class in target language, which sounds interesting, too.

JA S17 ADV “3.11 & Reading a Short Story”

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017

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

Class theme/topics discussed: 3.11 & Reading a Short Story

Goal of the class:

Students will understand a story of Disneyland on March 11 of 2011 and then consider true nature seen within Japanese people.

 

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (5 min): Attendance check & Announcement

I check students’ attendance and give them announcements. Then, I casually ask the students about their updates and news, leading small conversation in the class.

Activity 2 (20 min): Warm-up & Introduction of 3.11

I ask some questions about natural disaster to the students. Then the students discuss them in pairs and class. We review related vocabulary together by showing the images and writing them down on the whiteboard. Then, I introduce a today’s topic in the class, and I give them some questions and they share their experiences in the class. Finally, I introduce a little bit history of earthquakes with some videos, which we had a lot in the past. Then the students freely share their ideas and comments in the class.

Activity 3 (25 min): Reading & Comprehension

I make pairs in the class and then give them a handout. The students read aloud the story sentence by sentence while switching. After reading, we review the story together in the class asking some questions to the students. Also, students learn some vocabulary from the reading. I give them several critical questions and they think about them in groups. We share the ideas and discuss each question in the class and consider the true nature of Japanese people.

 Activity 4 (10 min): Conclusion

I back to the main topic of 3.11, and then we review the key points together in the class. And I will show them a special video created by those in stricken areas and then students watch that video. After that, I lead open-conversation where students freely share their ideas and comments about 3.11 in the class.

 

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

Powerpoint

 

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

The class was successful in general. Today I was able to lead the class as planned, conducting every activity in time. Today’s topic is something deep and sentimental, but students demonstrates their active interest towards the theme. I tried to give them as many chances as possible where they can share their ideas and comments in the class. As a result, we had great class today overall, and their performance in the class today was great.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Well, I might be able to conduct the reading activity more effectively and efficiently. Today, I led the activity, but there would be some other ways which makes the activity work and more interactive. Since I have a small class, it is hard to apply the other teaching techniques that I know to that class. I am going to research the teaching methods for small class over the weekend and would like to use them in the class in the near future.

JA S17 ADV “Graduation Ceremony”

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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

Class theme/topics discussed: “Graduation Ceremony”

 

Goal of the class:

Students will understand the Japanese graduation ceremony and compare it with theirs.

Students will read an article related to that topic and understand the story.

 

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (15 min): Attendance check & Announcement & Warm-up

I check students’ attendance and give them announcements. Then, I casually ask the students about their updates and news, leading small conversation in the class. I will mainly ask them about their Easter and summer vacation.

Activity 2 (8 min): Introduction of Today’s Topic

I announce the today’s topic and discuss them in the class. Students talk about their experiences of graduation ceremony and share them in the class.

Activity 3 (10 min): Discussion in the Class

We discuss general information of graduation ceremony in America and Japan. And then we compare the results and talk about some points in the class.

Activity 4 (10 min): The Features of Japanese Graduation Ceremony

I introduce some of the features of Japanese graduation ceremony with the images on the powerpoint and explain them one by one while interacting with students.

Activity 5 (17 min): Reading a Story

I give them pieces of paper and briefly introduce a story. Students read them and try to put them in a right order in pairs. After that, they summarize the story and then we review the story and discuss it in the class.

 

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

Powerpoint

 

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

The class was good in general. We talked about graduation ceremony in the class. One of the students had sick, so she was not active in the class at all. The other students were okay and participated in the activities. But their attitude towards the class was rude overall. Two of the students were really like a child, the other students were like a robot. If this happens in the next class on Thursday, I need to do something in order to improve the class and students’ attitude.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Today I did a new style of activity related to reading in the end of the class. It went well and students liked it, but some of the students spoke English, not Japanese during the activity. Also, I found many parts needed to be revised while they were working. So I am going to modify the plan tonight for intermediate class tomorrow.

 

JP F16 ADV National Holiday

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Sep 20, 2016

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

Class theme/topics discussed: National Holiday in Japan

Goal of the class:

    Students will learn one of the national holidays in Japan called Keirounohi.

    Students will learn about the nature within Japanese people.

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (10 min) Attendance check and announcements

I check students’ attendance and give them four announcements.

Activity 2 (10 min): Warm-up

I ask the students about the last weekend and I let them talk about it freely in the class.

Activity 3 (8 min): Review of the Last Class

I ask some questions about Babanuki to the students and review the key points together with PowerPoint.

Activity 4 (27 min): Introduction of “Keirounohi”

I give a handout to the students and ask them to write down about their grandparents based on the questions on the paper. The students share it in a pair and then in the class. I introduce one of the Japanese national holidays called Keirounohi to the students while giving some questions to the students. After that, they discuss it in the class and talk about such a day on their own country.

Activity 5 (5 min) Consolidation

I ask the students about how it was and gather the ideas in the class. Then I give them a handout and they write down the comment and give them back to me.

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

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

The class was great; the students were able to talk about their grandparents with their partner in the class. Also, they learned one of the Japanese holidays called Keirounohi. The students talked a lot and learned the Japanese culture as well. I think it is very good giving them a certain topic of Japanese aspect and let them talk freely about it by using Japanese or asking them to compare it with their own culture. Sometimes, I also can learn something new in this type of lesson from the conversation with the students.

I could not manage the time for the class today, so I could not cover all activities. I modified it during the class not asking them to write down their ideas on the sheet. But in order to construct their ideas and explain it to the others, I would like to spare the time next time when students are able to consider the specific topic on their own, which helps them a lot to organize their thoughts.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

In order to develop the class smoothly, I need to pick up one topic (not two or three) and focus on it in 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.

JP F16 ADV Card Game

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Sep 15, 2016

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Sport Festival at school in Japan & Japanese Card Game

Goal of the class:

Students will learn about Japanese sport festival at school called “Taiikusai”.  

Students will learn and play the card game popular in Japan.

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (5 min) Attendance check and an announcement

I check students’ attendance and give them an announcement.

Activity 2 (5 min): Warm-up

I ask the students about the dinner yesterday with Japanese international students and I let them talk about it freely in the class.

Activity 3 (8 min): Review of the Last Class

I ask some questions about Taiikusai to the students and review the key points together. I also introduce other events to the students with PowerPoint if possible. I also show them some related videos to the students. After that students freely talk about it in the class.

Activity 4 (35 min): Introduction of Babanuki

I ask the students about what games they have played before by using playing card in their country. Students think about it and share the ideas in the class. Then I introduce the Japanese popular game called Babanuki and some phrases used in the game to the students. I explain to the students about the rules of it and they play it in a group a couple times.

Activity 5 (7 min) Consolidation

I ask the students about how it was and gather the ideas in the class. Then I give them a handout and they write down the comment and give them back to me.

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, youtube

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

Everything was great in general. Students had fun playing the Babanuki with the new vocabularies. Also, they learned the Japanese popular card game. Just I could not manage the time to ask them to write down their comment of today’s class on their own sheet within the class.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I should have shortened the Activity 4 so that everything would be okay as planned.

 

 

 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.

JP F16 ADV Sport Festival in School

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Sep 13, 2016

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Sport Festival at school in Japan

Goal of the class:

Students will learn about Japanese sport festival at school called “Taiikusai”.  

Students will talk about their experiences of sport festival in their school.  

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (8 min) Attendance check and an announcement

I check students’ attendance and give them two announcements.

Activity 2 (10 min): Warm-up

I ask the students about last weekend and I let them talk about it freely in the class.

I give a topic about school events in Japan to students. They brainstorm it and share the ideas in the class.

Activity 3 (22 min): Introduction of “Taiikusai

I introduce the students about what it is like with PowerPoint and give some related vocabulary and questions to them. Students also watch some videos of it on the youtube.

Activity 4 (15 min): Sharing Your thought or experience at School in Your Country

I make a group of around two or three. And then students talk about their ideas about the “Taiikusai” or experiences freely and openly in a group. Then I gather their ideas or any related experiences in the class.  Also, students discuss which game Americans people would love and dislike, and they discuss the reason of each in the class. After that, students vote their best and worst game in the class. Or they can create their original game and suggest it in the class.

Activity 5 (5) Consolidation

I ask the students to think about the reason why there is such an event “Taiikusai” in Japan. I gather the ideas from them and share them 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, youtube

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

Overall, the class was successful. Students were able to know the one of the Japanese school events called “Taiikusai” and its objectives. Also, they were able to discuss it from their own perspectives and to share the ideas and experiences in the class.

When I introduced some vocabularies of that event in the class, I sometimes had tough time to explain it to the students. I should have used the whiteboard to explain them to the students.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I should have put more photos when introducing new vocabularies to the students, so that they would be able to imagine those words from the photos at the same time. It would be more helpful for their understanding. Or I should have used the whiteboard to explain effectively about it to the students in 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.

JP F16 INT Traveling

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Monday, Nov 21, 2016

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Traveling

Goal of the class:

Students will be able to know how to get to a destination by using a Japanese website and introduce about their trip.

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (15 min): Attendance check & Warm-up

I check students’ attendance and then ask them about their thanksgiving days. Students talk about it in pairs and then share it in the class.

Activity 2 (5 min) Opening

I show some pictures of Japanese famous spots in Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa, and I introduce them a little bit with the pictures.

Activity 3 (10 min): Introduction of Yahoo! Japan & Norikae Annai

I introduce them a popular website/application which Japanese people usually use when they travel. Students use their own cellphone opening that website/application. Then I demonstrate how it works to the students and they play with it. I also explain briefly to the students about Japanese metro & JR railway lines network and currency (exchange rate between Japanese yen and US dollars).

Activity 4 (15 min): Pair-work

I make pairs in the class and give each pair a piece of paper written about the certain locations on the Japanese railway map and another handout. And then I introduce the activity which they are going to that location marked by blue from the designated place marked by red. They will use Norikae Annai in order to get there in each pair. They will work on it and make a plan for visiting that place with their partner.

Activity 5 (15 min): Main Activity

After they make a plan, each group introduce about their trip. They explain the following things at a minimum.
How do they get to the destination from their designated place??
How long does it take?

How much does it cost?

What are you going to do in your destination?

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

Powerpoint, handout

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

The class was great in general. All students engaged a lot and participated in the activities I prepared. They collaborated in making plans for visiting that places in their group by using Norikae Annai. Their presentations were also good. Today I forgot to cover some important parts of the website/application when explaining it to the students, so I need to make them up in the next class. Since this was the second time I did the activity, it was better than the first time, overall.  

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I think it will be great if I use the whiteboard during the class putting some points on it, which definitely should have been helpful to them in some ways. Also, I could consider extra questions for those who finished the activity early, so they are further motivated to work on it. This activity makes the students speak up and interactive because they need to talk with their partner, so I would like to conduct it again in the near future.

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.

JP F16 INT Paper-crane

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.

 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.

JP F16 INT Paper-crane

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Sep 28, 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 about the historical person, Sasaki Sadako and then think about a peace.

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (7 min) Attendance check and announcements

I check students’ attendance and give them three announcements.

Activity 2 (5 min): Review of the Last Class

I ask some questions about Keirounohi to the students and review the key points together with PowerPoint.

Activity 3 (8 min): Introduction of Hiroshima

I show some photos related to Hiroshima to the students and then introduce it to the students. I also ask some questions to the students, and they talk about it in a pair and then share it in the class.

Activity 4 (15 min): Introduction of Paper-crane

I show some related photos to the students and ask some questions about it. The students consider it and then discuss it in a group. I also introduce general information of it to the students with the photos.

Activity 5 (20 min): The Story of Sasaki Sadako

I give the students a handout and then have them read it in a group helping one another. Then we will read it together with the powerpoint. I explain some vocabulary to the students and then give them some questions based on the story they’ve just read.

Activity 6 (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, handout

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

The class was good in general. Some students found today’s lesson interesting, but the others found it boring due to the historical thing. But they did good in reading the handout I gave them, trying to comprehend the content of it. But Considering it from my viewpoint, it was irrelevant to the intermediate conversation class today since they were not used to this kind of task. Although it was boring to some of the students in the class, however; at least they were able to achieve one of the goals by participating in the class. They were able to learnd what Paper-crane means to us.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I should have modified the way to explain about the topic to the students, not reading but some other ways or combined ones, which could help them motivate the activity and let them talk about it freely in 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.

JP Little Tokyo Trip & Taiko Concert

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JP Second Study Break

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JP Oldenborg Orientation & Welcome

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