Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Conversation) on May 18, 2020

Date: May 18th on Monday, 2020 from 8:00 to 9:30 (9:00 – 10:30 in JST)

Course: Japanese Conversation 4

Used app: Streaming on DingTalk, Presentation by Powerpoint with 57 slides

Numbers of Students: 24 out of 28. 4 students were recorded as completely absent.

Fully attendant for 90min : 20

Shorter signing-in: 44, 11, 3, and 2 minutes.

Responses onto the BBS:

– Attendance check by a student his/herself: 25. Of the 25, Two students were recorded as completely absent by the system. One came late and stayed for 44 minutes.

– 1st Quiz: 20 students responded. This was to tell the difference between a polite and overly friendly speech styles when making a suggestion.

– 2nd Quiz: 22 students responded. This was to choose a type of usages for the abstract noun “koto” in the forms of “-koto ni Suru”, two of “-koto ni Natteiru”, and “-koto ni Naru”.

– 3rd Quiz: 21 students responded. This had nothing to do with Japanese grammar. We learned one conversation in which “Oyako Donburi” was talked about. The question asked why “Oyako Donburi” was named like that.

– Attendance check at the end: 22 students responded. Each student was assigned to make a sentence using one of four conditional conjunctive particles “-to”, “-ba”, “-tara”, and “-nara”.


-Reading and comprehending a poem “Kanashimi” by Shuntaro Tanikawa. This poem , using a conditional conjunctive particle “-tara”, was used for the quiz at the ending of the last class on Friday.

– Additional usages of “-tara” in conversations.

– Learning a conversation using conditional conjunctive particles.

Homework Assignment:

– The deadline of the small test for section 13 is on Wednesday night.

– Six students were asked to send a voice mail or MP3 by Wednesday night. Voice mail/mp3 is a student’s recording of conversation between two part time job workers.

Issues and Problems:

It was relief for me that most students could write a Japanese sentence using a conditional conjunctive particle that was allotted to each student. This is a class for conversation, but we have devoted to grammatical issues of conditional conjunctive particles “-to”, “-ba”, “-tara”, and “-nara” for more than one month.


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