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JP SP23 ADV / Int : Let’s go to the police in Japan! (Talking about the appearance of the suspect). 見た目について話そう


              Intro of Japanese pops



Match the number of picture (1~8) and the description (a~h) (1st page)


Check if everyone got correct answer.


Put necessary vocabulary to describe someone’s appearance (2nd page)


(page 3)

  1. Let’s decide what kind of facial feature your imaginary suspect has beforehand, (not telling to your partner),
  2. Then try to describe the features to the Police (your partner). If you are police, draw a picture in the space on the right side of the chart.


(page 4)

3. When you are shopping at the supermarket, you saw some young lads shoplifting. Tell the police about the appearance. If you are the police, draw the picture.

4. switch the role of Witness and the police.

17:15      End

What technology, media or props did you use?  

Hot tea (Houji-cha, roasted Japanese tea), small snacks

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

This activity was a great success. Everyone loved to see each other’s drawing which came out hilarious.


DE S22 INT/ADV: Art & Picture Description

Language Resident/Assistant Name:
Nicolai Diener

Class theme/topics discussed:
Art & Picture description

Goal of the class:
Students know locations in/within a picture
Students can describe the location of objects to each other (positions)
Students are able to describe a picture
Students can interpret pictures

How did you structure the class?

4.15 – 4.30:        Warm-Up: Who are what am I? (students get either the name of one person or one object (e.g. painting, building) or the corresponding description to a person or an object. By asking each other questions they have to “get to know each other” and thereby find out whether their role fits the other person’s role)

4.30 – 4.35:        Review: Picture description (short review of important vocabulary when describing pictures and the different directions (e.g. in front of, behind, next to… in the centre/right hand side))

4.35 – 4.50:        Describe & Draw (depending on class size either 1on1 or 1 describing and 2 drawing: one student sits with the back to the board and the other one with the front. Then a picture is faded in so that only the student with the front to the board can see it. That student now has to describe the picture to the other student, and he/she/they has to draw it based on the descriptions of the other student. 5min per turn, then they can look at the board to compare how good the drawing was. Then they switch position, and now the other student has to describe and the other to draw. With 3 students, 2 are drawing and sitting with the back to the front and they make 3 rounds with every one describing at least once)

4.50 – 5.05:        Group work (students can choose between 6 paintings by German artists and then analyze that picture in 3 steps. They have instructions on the power point and are allowed to use their phones)

5.05 – 5.15:        Presentation (each group presents their painting, according to the 3-step-analysis that was given to them)

What worked well in this class? What did not work (and how could it be improved)?

I taught a similar class last semester, but wasn’t really happy with it – thus, I wanted to teach it again with improvements. These improvements have worked really well! The warm-up was a nice way to walk around the room, talk to each other, ask each other questions, while at the same time starting to familiarize with the topic. The “Describe & Draw” is a really well-working, engaging and fun activity. The group work about paintings from German artists was a well-rounded conclusion to this lesson and put it on a higher level than the first time I taught that class. The students were able to learn about German art, had lots of discussions in class and had to present something as well. Thus, I would say that this class worked really well, I was happy about how it worked and wouldn’t really change anything.

One possible modification: instead of giving them pictures, the group work could also work if they choose their own paintings. Upside: more personalized and individualized, but several risks: no sufficient resources (maybe not everyone has a mobile phone/laptop handy), not sure what paintings, no German paintings.  

DE F21 INT/ADV: Bigfoot

Language Resident/Assistant Name:
Nicolai Diener

Class theme/topics discussed:

Goal of the class:
Communicative Practice
Creative Story-telling

How did you structure the class?

4.30 – 4.35:        Welcome & Introduction to “Bigfoot” topic (Talking to students about how they feel and how they have spend their weekend. Let the students explain the story behind “Bigfoot”)

4.35 – 4.45:        Introduction to the worksheet & reading the story (+ review vocabulary)

4.45 – 4.55:        First drawings (students have to draw the “branches breaking” in two boxes and describe what is happening)

4.55 – 5.00:        Present their drawings

5.00 – 5.20:        Groups: Finish the story (students have to get together in groups and brainstorm about how they want to finish the story. Then they draw the story & describe what is happening)

5.20 – 5.30:        Present the story (students present how they finished the story)

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

The class worked really well. No surprise, considering Adan delivered that idea to us! The students had a lot of fun – the beginning was nice, but at the end of the class everybody was laughing, having fun and – most importantly – communicating a lot in German. I tried that class with both my conversation classes (one of them more communicatve, the other a little less) and it worked better with the communicative one, but they also took more time for each activity, so you have to keep that in mind.

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

JP SP21 INT/ADV: Yokai

Language Resident/Assistant Name:  

Kozue Matsumoto  

Day and Date:  

Monday February 15 & 18, 2021   

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):  

Intermediate  & Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:  

  • Yokai  

Goal of the class:  

  • Understand Yokai 
  • Introduce a yokai 
  • Think about yokai of our time

How did you structure the class?  

  1. Study Break Announcement (10 min) 
    1. Have you done origami before? What did you make? What occasion? 
  1. Good news?  (10 min) 
    1. Snow in Houston 
    2. Lunar New Year 
    3. Success (extra stuff) in Chinese  
  1. What is yokai? (5 min) 
  1. What kind of Yokai have you found? (15 min) 
  1. アマビエ Amabie ( or (15 min) 
    1. Watch and understand followings  
      1. What Amabie looks like 
      2. What Amabie said to people 
    2. How this is popular in Japan now
    3. Draw Amabie 
  1. (Intermidiate) Let’s think about today’s Yokai
  2. (Advanced) Japanese people/society’s attitude towards yokai, other spiritual existence, and not-so-scientific things (5 min) 

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

Class agreement, breakup rooms 

Zoom, share screen, youtube, google images, pen and paper 

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


  • Students researched some ideas of what Yokai is. We also introduced some yokai that they found. They also shared some stories around the yokai.  
  • We watched the video of Amabie story. Amabie is a yokai that became super popular in Japan last year. Amabie is a yokai who lives in the ocean. It is said that if you draw Amabie and show it to a sick person, they will get well. So the coronavirus reminded people of Amabie, and it became a huge cultural trend in japan, like a collective wish towards the people suffering from COVID. 
  • Since we watched the story and know that Amabie looks like (have a bird-like beak, rhombus shaped eyes, long red hear, rainbow color scales, and 3 fish tales on which they can stand), we draw Amabie. That was fun. 
  • We also looked at original amabie. A student found a page that shows various amabie interpretations by comtemporary artists in the world ( ). 
  • We thought about what the yokai could be in today’s contemporary world. It was fun, but we only had a few minutes to think about.  


  • We discussed what yokai is. We were able to discuss more conceptual ideas than 11.1 class. They told me that they didn’t have a concept of yokai until I said it in the previous class, but after some research, they realized they have seen yokai here and there in their lives. They didn’t recognize them as yokai at that time.  
  • We also talked about yokai as not mosters, not spirits, but some other category. Probably based on Japanese people’s imagination towards little things in their lives.  
  • Watching Amabie story and drawing it was fun. We saw other amabie drawings by artists in the world. We also discussed how Amabie became a trend in Japan last year under COVID, and how these non-scientific things are still around people’s life 
  • We talked about other non-scientific things around our Japanese life. Could these things be just stupid ideas or do they help people’s mind/psychology in a certain way? How and Why? 

How could this class be improved/ modified? 

  • Yokai is such a unique concept, and one hour might not be enough to fully understand what they are, but I hope they got a bit of sense about it.  
  • Amabie was a good example of relationship between human and yokai.  
  • While they were drawing (5 min or so). There was a silent, but I thought it’s good to have some activities like drawing once in a while, especially when it’s related to the topic.  

Amabie Videos

Amabie Drawings by Students

DE F20 INT/ADV – St. Martin’s Day & Lantern crafting

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Eva Saunders

Day and Date: 11/12/2020

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate & Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: St. Martin’s Day

Goal of the class: Learn about German culture and master casual conversation

How did you structure the class?

A) Warm-Up: Have you heard of St. Martins Day or seen lantern-walks before? Why are they happening?

Watch short cartoon about St. Martin:

B) Activity: Make a lantern as is a custom in Germany on 11/11 while listening to songs that are traditionally sung, like  “Ich geh mit meiner Laterne“ and “Laterne, Laterne”.

Here is an example for an easy lantern:
This one is made poking holes, alternatively you can have the students cut out shapes with small scissors and glue tissue paper behind it.

Maybe watch video of actual St. Martin’s procession towards the end, when people are settled in with crafting (you can find some on Youtube).

C) Discussion while crafting or after: What were your favorite Childhood activities this time of year? Is there something similar in your culture?

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.) Props: Share Screen function in Zoom, Chat, Youtube, Spotify, Course Website as a resource for homework and reference.

I emailed students a few days before with what is needed so they could get the supplies needed for making the lanterns (cardboard box, scissors, thumb tacks, glue, tissue paper, fake candle, etc.).

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

The students very much enjoyed making the lanterns. It is a bit hard to make them multi-task, so they became chattier once they were almost done with their work. It worked well to listen to some traditional songs while they were crafting and showing the videos in the beginning & end.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I’d leave it as is. And we took a screenshot photo with all our lanterns at the end, which made a fun memory.

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.

Virtual Handout in target language:   (Password: GERMAN)

JP S19 INT Past and Future

Language Resident Name: Ayaka Matsuo

Day and Date: Thursday, February 6th

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Past and Future 

Goal of the class: To be able to explain their past using past tense and to be able to talk about their future plan using future tense. 

How did you structure the class?

Activity1 (10 min): Now 

Students tell a partner about how their usual days go on. What time do they get up? Where do they eat breakfast? What do you do in the morning? What are your favorite things to do? Who are your close friends?

Activity2 (10 min): 10 Years Ago

Students talk about what they were doing, what they liked, who were their best friends, etc. with their partners.

Activity3 (20 min): In 10 Years

Students draw a picture that represent himself / herself in 10 years. Then, we share with the whole class.

Activity4 (15 min): The world in 100 years

The whole class draws a big picture, predicting how the world would be like in 100 years from now. They draw a big picture together on the white board.

Activity5 (5 min): Wrap-up

I ask them wrap-up questions. I also announce the upcoming cultural activity. 

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

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

This plan worked very well. This topic interested students very much and they were really engaged in the activities. 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I would keep it as it is. 

 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 F18 ADV Japanese Old Tales

Language Resident Name: Ayaka Matsuo

Day and Date: Thursday, October 17th

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Japanese old Tales / Feedback Session 

Goal of the class: To be familiar with Japanese old tales and to be able to describe / visualize a scene of the old tales. 

How did you structure the class?

Activity1 (25 min): Feedback Session / Werewolf Game

I continue the feedback session and the other students play the werewolf game. 

Acitivity2 (5 min): Brainstorming

Each student says one Japanese old tales or Japanese stories (ex. Ghibli stories) they know. All the stories they came up with are written in the while board.

Activity3 (10 min): Creating a Manga

Students make a pair. At least one student of the pair should know a plot of a story. I give each pair a blank sheet with 5 manga boxes. One student tells the plot briefly and the other student draws.

Acitivty4 (15 min): Presentation

Each pair presents their story, showing a manga they draw. 

Activity5 (5 min): Wrap-up

I ask them open questions such as what is their favorite story? Did you learn new stories? Was it hard to draw pictures? Etc…

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

It worked well. This was a really good way to introduce Japanese stories, making them keep talking. 

How could this class be improved/ modified?I could do this in FLRC so I can show their manga on the bigger screen. 

DE FA18 INT Art and painters

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:


Day and Date:

Wednesday, 11/28/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

German, Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed:

Art and painters

Goal of the class:

Get to know the vocabulary regarding art. Be able to describe a picture accordingly.

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (5 min): Quiz. First, we started doing a kahoot quiz. I prepared a quiz on famous painters and paintings. The students had to do the quiz on their own. The students got really excited and loved doing that.

Activity 2 (10 min): Interview. I asked the students to interview each other about art and museums. They asked each other how often they went to the museums, which museum they liked the most and which painter they liked the most. After that, we gathered the results in the big group.

Activity 3 (5 min): I told the students to gather as many terms they knew about art, specifically the tools they would need to paint and to draw. The winner got a small gift (candy). After that, we briefly talked about vocabulary regarding art by collecting all the tools you would need to paint and draw.

Activity 4 (10 min): I showed a famous painting of Salvador Dali and we tried to describe the picture as accordingly as possible by using phrases (in the front of the picture, in the back of the picture, etc). I also handed them a help sheet they could use in the next exercise. This exercise should prepare them for the next task.

Activity 5 (30 min): Drawing by hearing. I split the students in groups of three. One student would sit in the front, facing away from the screen. The two other students would look at the screen and try to describe the picture best to their knowledge. The student facing away would draw it. The students had 10 minutes for each picture. Then they would switch so everyone would be in the place of drawing. In the end we would look at all pictures. The one that looked the most similar won (and the group received candy as a reward).

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

Whiteboard, pen

PowerPoint presentation (see attached)

Help sheet (attached)

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

The students really enjoyed the quiz! Also, they enjoyed drawing the pictures and explaining that to each other. They also drew really funny pictures!

How could this class be improved/ modified?

It was one of the best classes. I would keep it as it is.

 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.

Deutsch Fortgeschritten, 27. November 2018

Hilfe für die Beschreibung

Im Vordergrund gibt es…                                  –                       In the front there is…

Im Hintergrund gibt es…                                   –                       In the back there is..

Auf der linken Seite des Bildes…                       –                  On the left side of the picture…

Auf der rechten Seite des Bildes…                     –                On the right side of the picture…

In der Mitte des Bildes gibt es…                        –                       In the center of the picture there is…

Daneben                                                           –                       Next to it…

Davor                                                               –                       In front of it…

Dahinter                                                           –                       Behind it…

Hinten links sieht man…

Hinten rechts sieht man…

Vorne links sieht man…

Vorne rechts sieht man…


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