Online Teaching for Class 1939 (Listening) on May 06, 2020

Date: May 6th on Wednesday, 2020 from 8:00 to 9:30 (9:00 – 10:30 in JST)

Course: Japanese Listening 2

Used app: Streaming on DingTalk, Presentation by Powerpoint with 79 slides

Numbers of Students: 27

26 students stayed with me from the start to the end. One student was recorded shorter participation of 78 minutes, probably coming late because this student did not send attendance of “Shusseki”.

Students’ Responses:

– Attendance Check : All the 26 students typed his/her attendance by themselves on BBS.

– Quiz 1 : 25 students answered. This question was to choose the correct usages of particles. 12 students typed the wrong answer that came from over generalization of  “Wa-ga construction”. Damage caused by “Wa-ga construction” is still severe.

– Quiz 2: 23 students answered. Question was about tense for past, present progressive, and non-past. All 23 were right. The purpose of this question is to make students understand the usage of “V-te iru” in the concept of tense-aspect.

– Quiz 3: 25 students answered. The question was to understand the difference between uses of particles “-de” and “-ni”.

– Quiz at the End: 25 students typed their own sentences that includes a subject, “Now”, and “V-te iru”.


1: Re- submission of homework

– Someone edited the original document of the homework on BBS. Because the replaced file contains two errors in it, a students used that one would make at least four errors. Therefore, I postponed the deadline by Friday night.

2: The very basic of Japanese sentence.

– The end of the sentence is the most important part. It needs to be changed properly according to the tense if there is a word about time that works as an adverbial. It is quite often observed that even when a word like “yesterday” is being used, students’ sentence is left as present tense at the end of the sentence. The relation between time adverbials and the sentence endings was taught.

3: Differences between intransitive verb sentences and transitive verb sentences

– “-ga” is used in an intransitive verb sentence, but it is not always. It is not the function of “-ga”. The most important function of “-ga” is to be a marker of the subject.

4: “V-te iru”

– Four types were explained about “V-te iru”. Only the usage as present progressive was the target of the textbook for now.

5: Particle “-de”

– Five uses of the particle “-de” were introduced; the place of action, tool/way, transportation, language, and materials to make something.

6: Listening materials from the textbook


Homework Assignment:

– Those who used the replace document for homework on April 30 were recommended checking and submitting the homework again.

– The new homework was given. That was to understand how to make Te-form of verbs.

Issues and Problems:

There were a lot. Probably too much. I mean the volume of what to teach in 90 minutes class. Even the most excellent student would not be able to fully understand today’s class.


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