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JP SP21 INT/ADV: Hyakunin Isshu, Waka, Renga

This topic can be done in a class or two classes.

anguage Resident/Assistant Name:  

Kozue Matsumoto  

Day and Date:  

Wednesday April 14, 2021   

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):  


Class theme/topics discussed:  

  • Movie trailer 
  • Make Renga 

Goal of the class:  

  • Understand a movie trailer  

anguage Resident/Assistant Name:  

Kozue Matsumoto  

Day and Date:  

Wednesday April 12 – 15, 2021   

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):  


Class theme/topics discussed:  

  • Movie trailer 
  • Hyakunin isshu 
  • Renga 

Goal of the class:  

  • Understand a movie trailer  
  • Understand hyakunin-isshu, waka poetry, and other ideas around waka
  • Make some renga 

How did you structure the class?  

  1. Trailer #1 (20 min) 
    2. What kind of characters? 
  2. Karuta or Hyakunin isshu (15 min) 
    1. What is this? 
    2. A collection of Waka poems 
      1. 100 poems from 100 poets throughout the history  
      2. Created in the early 13th century 
      3. Who are poets? 
        1. Emperors, aristocrats, monks 
    3. There are lots of other waka collections 
      1. Some of them include regular people’s poems and poems with writers unknown from ancient times  
    4. What Is waka? 
      1. Haiku (5.7.5) vs. Waka ( 
      2. 柿くへば鐘が鳴るなり法隆寺 by 正岡子規 
      3. ちはやふる 神代もきかず 竜田川 からくれなゐに 水くくるとは by 在原 業平 (9th century) 
    5. As a game 
      1. How the game works 
    6. Renga 
      1. Difference between waka 
  3. Trailer #2 (15 min) 
    2. What’s new here 
    3. New Character? What’s she like?  
    4. What’s a message shown throughout the trailer? 
    5. The effect of adopting story that was originally written in a manga format. 
  4. Let’s make renga (30 min) 

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

Zoom, Sharescreen, Youtube, Whiteboard 

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


  • Today’s trailer was a lot easier to understand for them. They were able to guess the relationship of 3 main characters. 
  • They know some sort of card game is related, but they had little idea. One student was able to guess that it would be something with poems. That was great. 
  • Introduced this game, Hyakunin Isshu, Waka, and Renga. I talked a lot for this to explain what they are. It was like I’m doing a Japanese class in a junior high school in Japan. At least they got the new ideas and cultures around Hyakunin Isshu and Waka poems. 
  • The trailer #2 was fun. This time we guessed what’s going on and also tried to listen carefully each phrase in the trailer. From these phrases, we thought about shared value that these characters are having (team work) in contrast to the best player (individualistic). 
  • Renga was a fun activity. This is a collaborative poetry, so you have to follow 5-7-5 and 7-7 format and also develop the idea and theme that previous people present. They created funny poems collaboratively. 
  • I used whiteboard for this collaborative activity. They just type their work on to whiteboard by themselves. This worked out very well. 
  • I shared music when they were working on poems. It was a good and fun addition to the class. 


  • Today’s trailer was a lot easier for them to grasp the story. They were able to find more details than 11.1 students 
  • We talked a lot about Hyakunin Isshu, Waka, Haiku, and Renga. They knew Haiku but they didn’t know Waka. 
  • We discussed the difference between Karuta and Hyakunin Isshu, which also called karuta occasionally  
  • With trailer #2 we talked about certain values that Japanese society likes to hear and see in pop cultures and entertainment. Some elements, friendship, collaborative work, hard work, are so popular and they are seen a lot of pop cultures 
  • We also talked about a little strange cinematography. This might be because the film tries to adopt the styles of comic. 
  • Renga making was so fun. I used background music to play while they are thinking so there is no awkward silence. Their works are so funny. 
  • I used white board for the renga making activity, and it worked well 

How could this class be improved/ modified? 

  • Renga making was so fun. I used background music to play while they are thinking so there is no awkward silence. Their works are so funny. 
  • Renga activity can be done in breakout room instead of whiteboard. I was thinking which way to do. This time I used whiteboard. But I think breakout room works as well 


Haiku, Waka, and Renga Whiteboard

Students’ Renga Works

DE SP21 ADV – German politicians & Social Media

Day and Date: 3/23/2021

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Current German politics, Social Media

Goal of the class: Get to know party leaders (= candidates for chancellor)

How did you structure the class?

A) “Word of The Day” Game: Students are given a very specific and not well known word that fits the topic of the day (For example a slang word: “lindnern” or “verschlimmbessern”). They write a quick description of what they think the word could be (on a card, piece of paper, or in Zoom they would privately message you). When all have submitted their description, you read all of them, including the correct one and let the students guess which one is right. I do this at the beginning of every class as an ice breaker, but it can also be done as a quick random activity.

B) Instagram Profile Revamp: Each student is assigned an important politician (leader of a party or chancellor candidate). They look up one of their Social Media profiles (for example, Instagram or Facebook) and think about how their page could be re-done in order to speak to them as an audience. Alone or in groups, they work on a new Profile Image, Instagram handle (Name), a concise logline, three lines of bio description and three posts consisting of a picture of the politician with a post text. Use of emojis is strongly welcomed. This activity can take about 25 minutes. (Note: they do not create an actual Instagram account, that should be made clear. They can do the task in a Word or Google Doc.)

C) Presenting their work/politician: Students present their revamped Instagram pages to each other, so that the students get to know each politician in a fun and engaging way.

D) Discussion: Compare to existing social media accounts and talk about the differences.

E) Optional extra activity: The students record a selfie video telling their friends why they should vote for this politician’s party.

Example: One student went above and beyond (which was not expected) and photoshopped his answers so it looks real. Can be part of the exercise as well.

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.), Props: Share Screen function in Zoom, Google Docs or Word Doc for students to write down their Instagram material

What worked well in this class? What did not work?
The class worked well. The students seem to enjoy the creative exercises.

How could this class be improved/ modified?
The Instagram task could also be done as homework, if applicable, and the class can be used to talk more in-depth about the parties. If the Instagram task is done in class, the selfie-video exercise can also be done as homework or done in a previous class about politics and watched before the exercise.

FR SP21 INT/ADV Tinder

Language Resident: Marie Segura

Class theme/topic discussed : Personality & speed Dating

Class structure:


Create a word cloud and ask students to enter as many adjectives as possible


  • Give students 10mn to fill in a Tinder profile: they have to imagine a character, to choose their name, where they live, what they like doing etc, using adjectives seen before.
  • Organize a speed-dating: each student will be given 5mn in a breakout room to get to know each of the other students’ fictive character to find their perfect match.


  • Ask students if they found their perfect match and to explain what they have in common.
  • What would their first date be? Where would they go? If there’s still time, students can look for a restaurant online.

> If there is an odd number of students, one stays in the main room with you and you can ask them to introduce their character, and if they invented them, or were inspired by someone etc.

Resources used:

Google doc:

Wordcloud on Menti


Sending students into breakout rooms takes time, make sure to start early enough so that you can give them at least (!) 5mn to talk with the other person in the breakout room (especially for intermediate students, they probably need more).

ES F20 ADV Personality Types

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Tamara Olivos

Day and Date: September 17, 2020

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Types of personality

Goal of the class: To identify personality types, to describe their own personality

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (5min): Warm-up. Beginning of sentences: Students receive a list of beginning of sentences. They must complete the sentence loudly. Examples:

Ser joven es…

El aburrimiento es…

El amor es…

Un amigo es…

Sin ti…


He olvidado…


Si pudiera… (haría…)

Cuando tenga 64 años…

Activity 2: I give students a list with the description of 4 different personality types (see below). We discuss the vocabulary and whether or not they identify with them. Why or why not? Why is it important to know your personality? When can this be useful? What other adjectives do they know to describe personalities?

Activity 3: Student describes themselves using adjectives that start by the letters of their names.

Activity 4: Multiple personality disorder. Students answer the same questions as in activity 1 but each one picking a different personality. After answering the questions, they have to guess which kind of personality each student chose.

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

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

This topic worked really well. I would do it again.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

You could add a personality questionnaire, like Myer Briggs

 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.

En la media

Este tipo era el más repetido en los cuestionarios y podríamos denominarlos como “normales”. Muestran rasgos de responsabilidad (conciencia y consideración de una persona) y amabilidad (comprensión, escasa hostilidad) moderados, extroversión e inestabilidad emocional (o neuroticismo: cambios de humor, tendencia a sentirse enfadados o tristes) un poco más marcados, y con pocas expectativas (curiosidad y búsqueda nuevas experiencias y aprendizajes bajas).


Son personas con altos niveles de estabilidad emocional unida a un carácter normal, ni abiertos ni neuróticos. No destacan por ser extravertidos, pero son amables y responsables. Son más bien tímidos, no suelen mirar a los ojos y ponen grandes distancias con los demás. Además, suelen ser bastante inseguros y guardan información acerca de sus emociones (tanto positivas como negativas). Su disposición suele ser empática y correcta y normalmente se molestan si alguien les levanta la voz sin motivo alguno.


Según los científicos, estas personas son poco agradables de cara al resto. Combinan una puntuación menor en amabilidad, apertura hacia los demás y responsabilidad. Tienen un alto grado en extraversión, pero poca franqueza y escrupulosidad. Además, se centran solo en sí mismos y prefieren no vivir nuevas experiencias. Creen que lo saben todo e imponen su opinión sobre cualquier tema. Se muestran superiores, no aceptan consejos e intentan controlar siempre la situación. Según el estudio, es un tipo de personalidad tóxica, no solo para los demás sino para sí mismos también. Solo les agradan los elogios y hacen alusión a la gran fuente de sabiduría que son en todo momento.

Modelos a seguir

Tienen altos niveles de extraversión, amabilidad y responsabilidad con bajo grado de neuroticismo. Son muy abiertos en todos los sentidos, escrupulosos. Rasgos que predominan en las mujeres y que se cultivarían con la edad. Además, siempre se interesan y tienen en cuenta lo que los demás tienen que decir. Son líderes y emocionalmente estables y trabajadores.

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