Online Teaching for Class 1939 (Listening) on July 1, 2020

Date: July 1st on Wednesday, 2020

– 1st and 2nd sessions from 8:00 to 9:30 (9:00 – 10:30 in JST)

– 3rd and 4th sessions from 9:50 to 11:20 (10:50 – 12:20 in JST)

Course: Japanese Listening 2

Used app: Video Conference and Streaming on DingTalk. Powerpoint were also used only on the teacher’s computer display. An excel spread sheet was distributed to the students.

Numbers of Students: 27

   – At the beginning of 1-2 session, all the 27 students input “Shusseki” on BBS as self-claiming attendance.

   – At the end of 1-2 session, 26 students submitted an excel spread sheet which was to fill the blanks and complete the table for basic verbs’ conjugation.

  – At the beginning of 3-4 session, 27 students input “Shisseki” on BBS.

   – At the end of 3-4 session, all the 27 students were confirmed their attendance by checking their connection to Video conference. After all, this day’s class was a kind of final examination. So no one dared to be absent.

Class Activities:

1-2 session:

– Oral examination: A student was called one by one to video call in reversed order to their student ID number. He/she pronounced some Japanese words. The teacher recorded audio. It was thought that this oral test could be finished in 1-2 session. But it didn’t. Only 17 made it in 1-2 session.

3-4 session:

– The rest of the oral examination: 12 students were called to the video call. One student was asked to do it again because the teacher had lost the audio data.

 – Teaching: The oral examination ended at around 10:40. The class continued to learn using video conference. The teaching was about expressions “V-te ageru” and “V-te morau”in order to know how to use “give and take” transitive verbs that needed not only particle “-o” but also “-ni”.      

Homework Assignment:

– No homework was assigned.

Issues and Problems:

– The issue is, you know, how to evaluate 27 audio recordings of oral test.

Online Teaching for Class 1836 (Composition) on June 30, 2020

Date: June 30 on Tuesday, 2020 from 15:30 to 17:00 (16:30 – 18:00 in JST)

Course: Japanese Basic Composition 2

Used app: .Streaming of Dingtalk to show PPT presentation.

Numbers of Students:

  – Numbers of attendance by self-claiming onto BBS: 25 students left inputs of “Shusseki”. Three students came late.

  – Numbers of attendance at the end: 26 students sent their answers for 60-question quiz.

Class Activities:

 “60-question quiz” : Since this was the last composition class in this school year, what we had learned was reviewed in the form of quiz. The quiz was to ask the following items:

 – Speech/writing style of Japanese

 – “Da-Dearu” writing style for composition. Questions covered the most of pattern of sentence endings for Noun-, Na-Adj, I-Adj, and Verb predicate sentences with parameters of past/non-past and positive/negative.

 – Proper uses of conjunctive particles

 – Some sentence endings to describe cahanges in time sequence like “te-iru”, “te-kita”, and “te-iku+guess” 


No HWA. The students need to prepare for the alternative test for final examination on coming Tuesday.

Issues and Problems:

This kind of test should have been done not in the last class, but in much earlier so that the students could get a good feedback to improve their weaknesses.

Online Teaching for Class 1836 (Composition) on June 29, 2020

Date: June 22th on Monday, 2020 from 13:40 to 15:10 (14:40 – 16:10 in JST)

<This was a supplementary class on irregular time>

Course: Japanese Basic Composition 2

Used app: Video Conference on DingTalk. BBS was supplementary used to show PNG images that was the instruction for procedures of 1-minute speech and QA session.

Numbers of Students: 28

 – At the beginning:

     – Self-claiming attendance by the means of input “Shusseki” onto BBS: 28

     – Attendance check using the video conference monitor: 26

– At the end by sending photos of composition: 25

Class Activities:

  Each student made his/her one minute speech about tourism in a particular prefecture in Japan. This was done in the order of student ID number.

  There were question and answer times for each speech when it was ended. A student to ask a question was assigned randomly so that other students would try to listen to the speech. It is important to know how to ask a question in a conference where many people are gathering. So the teacher instructed the students at the beginning of the class about how to make a question in a conference.  

  The teacher controlled the progression of speeches. In order to give every students chances to speak, the time that one student could spend was getting shorter and shorter towards the end.



Issues and Problems:

 Most of students wouldn’t like to listen to other students’ speech. So I assigned a questioner randomly. All the students just made the same question that I prepared for them as examples. Some questioning students didn’t know what prefecture was talked. I should have recorded such an incident and reduced his/her score for grading.    

Online Teaching for Class 1939 (Listening) on June 29, 2020

Date: June 29th on Monday, 2020 from 9:50 to 11:20 (10:50 – 12:20 in JST)

Course: Japanese Listening 2

Used app: Video Conference on DingTalk. 10 PNG images were uploaded onto the class BBS so that the students could see them separately during the video conference. Although the Powerpoint were also used, it is not to show, but to help the teacher conduct the class activities.

Numbers of Students: 27

–  25 students input a Japanese word “Shusseki” as a self-claming attendance on the class BBS.

– 25 students were confirmed to connect to the video conference.

So it may seem that two students were absent, it was more complicated.

Student A self-claimed, was not confirmed the connection but answered to my call.

Student B did not self-claim, was not confirmed the connection, and was not contacted by me during class.

Student C did not self-claim, but was confirmed the connection, and answered to my call during the class

So the conclusion was that there was not a perfect way to confirm the attendance of a student.

Class Activities:

Class hour 3:

– Review of construction “V1-ta toki, V2-masu” and redo the exercises that were already done in the last class. Teaching materials came from Min’nano Nihongo I (red) section 23. Those were shown to the students by PNG images on the class BBS. The practice also included “V1-nai toki, V2-masu”.

Break time between class hour 3 and 4.

– One student was called and talked with the teacher 3 minutes.

Class hour 4:

– Listening to a conversation titled “Dou yatte ikimasuka” that was from the section 23 of Minnano Nihongo I

– Listening to “Inu-no Seikatsu” that also came from Minnano Nihongo. This was actually intended for a preparation for the alternative homework of the final examination. I planned this activity as dictation. But the time was running out when the class got to this activity. So I changed the activity from dictation to listening and writing a short sentence that would express a student’s impression.The students were asked to send their short sentences to the teacher at the end of the class.

Homework Assignment:

– Homework assignment was given as the alternative measure for the final examination. It was a dictation task. The instruction and the listening material was uploaded on the class BBS. The students needed to submit what they wrote on a sheet of paper in the form of digital photographs by 8 in the morning on Wednesday.

Issues and Problems:

– Conversation listening activity in the 4th session was incomplete. Not only just to make the students listen, I should have checked whether or not a student understand the conversation and made them their own conversation in a similar situation.

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

Date: June 29th on Monday, 2020 from 8:00 to 9:30 (9:00 – 10:30 in JST)

Course: Japanese Conversation 4

Used app: Streaming and Video conference on DingTalk.  Dingtalk’s BBS is also used to show the students some images.

Numbers of Students:

 -(1) Attendance check by the students’ self-claimed input of “Shusseki” onto BBS : 24

 -(2) Numbers of connections that the video conference window indicated:25

  Students who are recorded by both (1) and (2) : 21

  Recorded only by (1) : 2,   Recorded only by (2): 3

 – Attendance check at the end of the class in the form of quiz: 19

Class Activities:

(1) Redo of the last time’s exercise and Doing new exercise of today for causative-passive sentences. These were done in the form of streaming show of PPT presentation. The streaming was ended and the class continued by changing to video conference style.

(2) Conversation exercise in pair. This was also a practice for the test that would be held in the evening of the day. So the pair was identical to the one in the test.

(3) Conversation skit from Dekiru Nihongno Yellow, section 12-1

 – A use of particle “-mo” was introduced. That was “-mo” to emphasize a big portion or “how much it is”.

Homework Assignment:

– No HA.

Issues and Problems:

The class had finished the designated textbook that was titled for conversation but actually was simply a grammar workbook. I chose a material of “Dekiru Nihongo” in order to make teaching could be for conversation as well as I could. I chose the part also as a preparation for the oral test in the evening.