Online Teaching for Class 1836 (Composition) on Mar.31, 2020

Date: March 31th 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 with 55 slides

Numbers of Students: 28

24 students participated for whole 90 minutes.

3 students exhibited short attendances: 81, 52, 25 minutes

1 students was totally absent.

Responses to my requests like Quiz answers onto BBS:

Attendance check by reporting his/her-selves: 27.

Five quiz were assigned during class. Students sent the answers to me right after the class. Only 18 of 27 students did so.


1st half: Feedback of proofreading and corrections of the second draft of “My Winter Break”

2nd half: Feedback of quiz that was done in the last class. The quiz was mainly focused on Tense/Aspect issue of Japanese sentences. One of ways for draft correction was also taught in the class. That focused on inconsistency between start and ending of a sentence.


300 letters advertisement for a new product of electric appliance for family use. A sample as below was shown to the students.

Issues and Problems:

I found a huge issue about “Wa-ga construction”. Students always over-generalize “Wa-ga construction” for the sentences which are actually not suitable for using this particular construction. This is because Japanese textbooks in this country always impress learners as if “Wa-ga construction” were an important basic of Japanese.

There is a simple reason why “Wa-ga construction” is thought to be important. “Wa-ga construction” is, as indicated by the name, structural. It has the structure of word order with the theme, a subject, and predicate. It is simple and easy to understand because there is no need to analyze words functions that are specified by several kinds of particles. There are only two particles in “Wa-ga construction”; “-wa” and “-ga”. Since these two are used for theme and subject, it is not necessary for a learner to think about what function each word has in a sentence. For other sentences that are not “Wa-ga construction”, students need to analyze words’ functions through several particles in conjunction with verb.

It is easy to understand, so students stick to “Wa-ga construction” and then come to think it is important. But I think it is more important for Japanese learner to learn particles and their functions. I think I need to stop students’ over-generalization of “Wa-ga construction” and to teach use of other particles and their functions.


Online Teaching for Class 1939 (Listening) on Mar.30, 2020

Date: March 30th on Monday, 2020 from 9:50 to 11:20 (10:50 – 12:20 in JST)

Course: Japanese Listening 2

Used app: Streaming on DingTalk, Presentation by Powerpoint (86 slides)

Numbers of Students: 27

All 27 students stayed with me from start to the end.

Students’ Responses:

– Attendance Check : 26 of 27 typed “Shusskei” on BBS

– Quiz 1 : 23 students typed the correct answer “B”. This quiz was to confirm if a student got a context right from listening.

– Quiz 2: 26 students typed the correct answer “A”. This quiz was to tell the difference a Japanese verb “Aimashu” and English verb “See”.

– Ending Quiz: 25 students typed transitive verbs of their own choice.


1: Listening comprehension using a script with many adjectives

2: Review of Homework. The HW was dictation from my voice recording.

3: Verb Predicate Sentences.

– Proper use of particles,

– To tell the differences between transitive verbs and intransitive verbs

– Patterns of sentence ending with positive/negative and present/past tenses

Homework Assignment:


Issues and Problems:

It seems that most of Japanese textbooks in this country doesn’t pay attentions to learning particles. It is very important in Japanese to choose proper particles for a particular verb.