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Category: Myths

JP F22 INT/ADV 政治や外交・歴史や人権、人種差別の問題について話そう!Let’s talk about complex subjects such as Politics, Intl relations, History, racism and Human rights!

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Cozy Enrique NAKADA (Koji NAKADA)

Day and Date: 14th week (29th Nov and 1st Dec 2022) 

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):  Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Conversation project

Goal of the class: To be able to express on the academic interest they have

How did you structure the class?

29th November 2022

16:15

              Talking about bilingualism and economical success in California

              Talking about a documentary film about heritage language

and social exclusion in Korea

17:15

1st December 2022

16:15

              Talking about microaggression and racial justice

              Talking about minority / majority issues in Japan

17:15

What technology, media or props did you use?  

   Handout, YouTube video

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

It was great two consecutive session to talk about their themes that they’re passionate about. They learned many higher / abstract words.

マイクロアグレッションの問題を説明する動画。

人種差別の無知を笑いで切り返す、爽快な動画。考えるきっかけとして最適

日本における「外人」差別をデフォルメして描いた動画。もちろん実際ここまでの人はいないにしても、多かれ少なかれ差別はあるよね。

学生の一人が制作に携わった、韓国のドキュメンタリー。いわゆる「ハーフ」の子達が、自らのルーツと向き合うためベトナムに旅行する、そのインタビューも載っているとのこと。非常に参考になる。(全て韓国語、たまに日本語も)

ハーフ達

日本における「ハーフ」のリアルを描いたドキュメンタリー映画。本当に力強く、マジョリティの「純ジャパ」と自称する人たちこそ見て考えを改めるべきで、その参考になる作品。

DE 22 F22 Castles in Germany – Middle age

TopicMiddle age + describe and argue in relation to castles and palaces
Goals of the ClassDescribing buildings and arguing on the basis of personal feelings
Warm UpHow did you spend the weekend? How was your first week of the semester?
Activity 1Input about Germany in the Middle Ages Presentation and description of Neuschwanstein Castle
Activity 2Castles and palaces visit in Oldenborg Describe your castle or palace My castle has many towers ……Is surrounded by forest……..Is built on a mountainIs situated on a lake Is very big/small Has many windows/no windows Search 4 facts about the castle or palace on the internet Present us your castle
Activity 3Why is your castle the most beautiful? My castle is most beautiful because…….What is unique about my castle is……..What I especially like about my castle……..Vocabulary: Architecture, towers, forest, fully preserved, large, walls, color, shelter, view, rocks, mountains, size….
What worked well in this class? What did not work (and how could it be improved)?  The presentation of the castles was a lot of fun for the students and the information about the castles was informative. The students showed great interest in the subject. The inclusion of my own examples was a good help for the students. You could have given a beginner course the infos about the castles – no research needed.

RU S22 ADV: Myths and Mythical Creatures

Language Resident Name: Aleksandra Bystrova

Date: 02/01/2022

Class theme/topics discussed: Myths and Mythical Creatures

Goal of the class:

  • To learn more about Russian traditional mythical creatures
  • To practice storytelling
  • Ice breaking

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm up (10 mins): Discussion
    1) What is myth/mythology?
    2) Why do people need myths?
    3) Do people use myths in the modern world?

2. Activity 1. Mythical creatures of your culture or region (20 min)
I present to students 3 most famous Karelian (Russian/Slav) mythical creatures and explain how you can “meet” them in real life. Leshiy (the host of the forest), Vodyanoi (the host of the lakes and ponds) and Domovoi (the house creature).

After demonstrating my students those creatures, I ask them to think about one example of mythical creatures from their home region. After small research, they share their characters with the rest of the class.

3. Activity 2. Create a story (30 minutes)
I ask my students to come up with a story, where every mythical creature (that students presented) meets each other. I explain my students the rules of composing any story before they begin. They create visual story (like comics), where their chosen creatures meet each other and deal with a problem.

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

It is easier for advanced students to discuss this topic. They have more vocabulary to answer questions about myths and mythology. I had only 5 students, so I decided not to split them in groups and let them work together as a team.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I would dedicate two classes to discussing the myths and mythical creatures. It is a broad topic that deserves to be covered. I would find a cartoon or a Youtube video, where the characters from my culture are presented. For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jva7QXMziL0

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