Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Conversation) on May 25, 2020

Date: May 25th 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 68 slides

Numbers of Students: 25 out of 28. 3 students were recorded as completely absent.

Fully attendant for 90min : 21

Shorter signing-in: 81, 72, 59, and 3 minutes.

Responses onto the BBS:

– Attendance check by a student his/herself: 25. However, one student of the 25 was recorded as completely absent by the system. Two came late and stayed shorter times.

– 1st Quiz: 21 students responded. This was to know which verbs need to be “-rareru” for passive form instead of  “-reru”.

– 2nd Quiz: 21 students responded. This was to choose a sentence using a conjunctive particle regretful “-noni” .

– 3rd Quiz: 19 students responded. This was just a joking that asked who built the Osala Castle; Toyotomi Hideyoshi or carpenters. If one answered “Toyotomi Hideyoshi”, then the asking person will change the answer to carpenters. If one answered “carpenters”, then the asking person will change the answer to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The purpose of this question was to introduce one type of passive sentences like “The main castle was built in 1931.”

– Attendance check at the end: 20 students responded. This was to choose a passive sentence from the four.


– How to make a passive form of a verb, focusing on which verbs could be “rareru”.

– Basics of passive sentences in Japanese.

– Review of the passive sentences in which a person who made an action was clear.

– Introduction and exercise of passive sentences using intransitive verbs.

– Introduction and  exercise of passive sentences that do not difine who made the action.

Homework Assignment:

– No homework was assigned.

– Three students were asked to send a MP3 or M4A by Wednesday night. Those students were asked to record their own speaking of conversation between two part time job workers.

Issues and Problems:

Since this is conversation class, I should facilitate students’ utterances. But I feel it technically difficult for me to do so under the current conditions. I mean, I don’t think the online teaching can be a substitute of class activities. No way.


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