Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Conversation) on June 5, 2020

Date: June 5th 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 63 slides

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

Fully attendant for 90min : 19

Shorter signing-in: 84, 78, 61, and 9 minutes. Two students were recorded as absent by the system, but they sent me the answers of 5-question quiz. It is impossible to know how many minutes they watched the class.

Responses onto the BBS:

– Attendance check by a student his/herself : 25 students input “Shusseki” onto BBS. Two of the 25 was actually recorded as completely absent by the system. However they sent me the answers of 5-question quiz. They are identical to the two mentioned above.

– 1st Quiz: 22 students responded. The quiz was to make the students realize that there are two types of causative sentences in Japanese; one is to allow someone to do something, the other is to force someone to do something.

– 2nd Quiz: 24 students responded. The question was to know what particle should be used in the causative sentence when the causative action was expressed by an intransitive verb.

– 3rd Quiz : 20 students responded. The question was to find one exception from four causative sentences. In three sentences, a higher person makes a lower person do something. In the sentence of exception, a lower person makes a higher person have some kinds of emotion.

– Attendance check at the end: 24 students responded. Students were asked to choose the correct combination of particles that were used in three different types sentences; give-take, passive, and causative. Interestingly enough, two particles are applied to these three types in the same manner.


– Review of passive sentences

– Introduction of concept of causative sentences.

– Exercises of conversations using causative sentences whose actions were expressed by intransitive verbs.

Homework Assignment:

– Self grading of the short text for the 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:

The biggest issue is whether or not my explanations were good for the students to understand the concept of causative sentences in Japanese. I don’t think my explanations were good. For the introduction, I totally relied on the section 13 of Dekiru-Nihongo Yellow, CD track C29.

Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Composition) on June 5, 2020

Date: June 5th on Friday, 2020 from 8:00 to 9:30 (9:00 – 10:30 in JST)

Course: Japanese Basic Composition 2

Used app: Streaming on DingTalk, Presentation by Powerpoint with 63 slides

Numbers of Students: 22 out of 28; Six students were recorded as absent.

– 90 minutes attendance: 19 students

– Shorter attendances: 84, 60, and 54 minutes were recorded for three students.

Responses to my requests like Quiz answers onto BBS:

Attendance check at the beginning: 23 students responded. Of the 23, one student was recorded that they didn’t watch the streaming.

A question and responses on BBS in the middle of the class: 18 students responded. This was a question to ask the day’s highest temperature by the weather forecast. The students input numbers in Celsius of the city he/she lives now. Temperatures varied form 20 to 35 Celsius degree.

Submission of 5 answers of quiz right after the class: 18 students submitted. Only one student got the perfect scores of 5. Average was 3.2 point.


Teachings were almost identical to the class for 1836 on Tuesday.


Homework assignment was also almost identical to what was assigned for class 1836.

Issues and Problems:

Like I wrote one week ago, I no longer have any practical ideas to continue the teaching except writing a paper about tourism in each prefecture in Japan. It is like there is no well-organized curriculum, no strategy, but only short term tactics. I mean one of the short term tactics is to make feed-backs for errors on 5-question quiz on the class one week before. It is good to improve students’ Japanese by picking up a particular issue. But each student is different. I mean one issue is not applicable to every students. For example, I explain one issue about an error that some students made. That explanation is useful to the student who made the same mistake, but not for the students who did not make that error. And it is obviously the nature of Hodge-podge things, my teaching is not streamlined at all. I think that, to the students, my PPT slides seem to be too confusing and complicated to understand. I still have four weeks in this semester, but I am worrying that I may be messing up towards the end. I think that I had done well in the first semester for this composition class for the second grade students. But somehow I have burned out. I failed to organize a good curriculum for the second semester. What I think is that, if I make one year curriculum for this composition class by averaging what I have done in the first and second semesters, it would be very streamlined curriculum. I wished that I could enhance my composition class by reviewing and reorganizing the experiences that I got in this year. But last week I was told by the chief that I would not be assigned to the composition class in the coming first semester.