Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Conversation) on May 29, 2020

Date: May 29th on Friday, 2020 from 13:40 to 15:10 (14:40 – 16:10 in JST)

Course: Japanese Conversation 4

Used app: Streaming on DingTalk, Presentation by Powerpoint with 59 slides

Numbers of Students: 25 of 28, 3 were recorded as completely absent by the system.

Fully attendant for 90min : 21

Shorter signing-in: 12, 7, 2 minutes, and 29 seconds. Those who were recorded for their short participation sometimes sent 5-question quiz answer. Probably they are running other applications on their computer while the online class is ongoing.

Responses onto the BBS:

– Attendance check by a student his/herself : 26 students input “Shusseki” onto BBS. One of the 26 was actually recorded, by the system, as completely absent.

– 1st Quiz: 24 students responded. The quiz was to find a passive sentence that was correctly converted from an active sentence with four selections. Everyone got the right answer.

– 2nd Quiz: 23 students responded. The question was to find a difference of types of conjunctive particles (c.p.). Four sentences were shown to the students; three were using c.p.s that were contradictory to expectation,  one was using c.p. that was conforming expectation. The students were asked to choose the latter one. But all the students got the wrong answer. That meant the students had not got the concept of two types of conjunctive particles correctly yet; one is used when the main clause is conforming the preceding clause, the other is used when the main clause is contradictory to the preceding clause.

– 3rd Quiz: 23 students responded. The question was to check if the students understand the conversation that was of Section 37 of “Min’nano Nihongo”.

– Attendance check at the end: 21 students responded. Students were asked to compose a passive sentence from their own experience in which he/she was damaged by someone or something.


– Basic concepts of Japanese passive sentences. Four types were explained.

– Exercise using the textbook.

– Listening activity using script that contained passive sentences. The convesation “Kinkakuji-wa….” in section 37 of “Minnano Nihongo” was used.

– One sentence composition at the end of the class

Homework Assignment:

– Short test of section 13 that is about passive sentences.

– Four students were asked to send a mp3 or m4a sound data by speaking the script of conversation of two part time job workers; Park-san and Chin-san that was in Dekiru Nihongo (yellow).

Issues and Problems:

Many students wrote passive sentences using intransitive verbs. It is fact that intransitive verbs also can be used for passive sentences in Japanese. However, I think that the passive sentence using transitive verbs should be prioritized in order to understand the concept of passive sentences. It seems that Japanese textbooks in this country are just trying dealing with everything about grammar. The textbook writers don’t care about what is basic or detail, what is useful to the students in practical sense, what teaching order helps student understand and so on.


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