Date: March 17th on Tuesday, 2020 from 15:30 to 17:00 (16:30 – 18:00 in JST)
Course: Japanese Basic Composition 2
Used app: Streaming on DingTalk, Presentation by Powerpoint (74 slides)
Numbers of Students: 28
One student stayed 41 minutes but he left the online class. Other 27 students had been stayed whole through 90 minutes.
Responses to the “During-the-Class_Quiz”:
Q1: Of 28, 25 answered, 3 were silent.
Q2: Correction of sentences written by one particular student. Only 13 suggested his/her correction.
Q3: This was to ask types of conjunctive particles. 23 students answered and all correct.
Q4: A series of 5 questions at the end of class in order to check if a student had been with class through the class. 26 submitted. Some got 4 points, some 5.
How can a composition class be done online? Actually my concern is just how to kill the time during an online composition class. Writing takes time. So if I made students write compositions in class, it would be so easy to spend 90 minutes. But a big question arises; Isn’t it the same as homework? Is there any benefits to do it online?
So I had to think of how I teach during 90 minutes composition class. What I did was to show everybody how I correct one student’s composition. So the first half of time and slides were used for this activity. Corrections were a lot;
Verb Te-form, Inconsistency between a subject and a predicate, error on choice of conjunctive particles, speech style with spouse, Particles’ -wa/-ga problem, correlation between some type of adverb and sentence ending, better use of -teiru/tekuru, and so on.
In the last half of the time, I used the textbook which I don’t like much. Using it, I taught choices ko-so-a words and tense-aspect issue.
Writing a Composition about how the student was spending this winter break within 300 characters. And the Word file must be sent by email to the teacher.
Issues and Problems:
It was obvious that PPT slides that I prepared were short for 90 minutes. So I introduced a Japanese painter Mr. Ikuo HIRAYAMA in the middle of the class.