Online Teaching for Class 1836 (Composition) on June 22, 2020

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

Course: Japanese Basic Composition 2

Used app: Video Conference on DingTalk. BBS was supplementary used to show pictures that were materials for composition. Powerpoint was also used but only on the teacher’s computer screen.

Numbers of Students:

 – 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:

Class Activities:

 -1: In the 1st session, the students were asked to proofread and revise the chapter of abstract, conclusions, and remarks in their paper.

 -2: Each student was called and read part of his/her paper. Teacher gave him/her advice.

-3: In the 2nd session, the students write a short essay to describe one of three poems about love. Those three poems were given to the student using BBS. The students were required to take a photo of their hand writing and send it to me when the class was over.

Homework:

No HWA

Issues and Problems:

Three poems about love were given to the students to write a short essay. The most popular one that was chosen by many students was “Aki no Seppun (A Kiss in Autumn)” by Ms.Masako Takiguchi. I think this poem is about love that was lost. Scattered white flowers of bushclover on a path, White ashes on a trail in the mountain, and wind blow coming through Japanese pampas grasses are all indicating the sadness of losing love. This is just my understanding. I feel sadness, emptiness, and a huge void in mind when I read this poem. Am I wrong? I don’t know. But it was interesting that most students thought this poem was romantic and beautiful with joy of love. Maybe it is natural that there is a difference about interpretations on the same poem between 20-year olds and a 50-year old.     

Online Teaching for Class 1939 (Listening) on June 22, 2020

Date: June 22nd 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. Eight images were used supplementary  on BBS so that a student could look at the images on smartphone simultaneously when watching the video conference. I was also looking at PPT slides during the class on my computer screen. These PPT slides were not shown to the students, but showed me the scripts and were used to play the audio by the embedded mp3 files onto the slides.

Numbers of Students:

– At the beginning:

– Self-claiming attendance by the means of input “Shusseki” onto BBS: 26

– Attendance check using the video conference monitor: 27

– At the end by answering the question that I gave them at the end of the class: 19

Class Activities:

– “V-ta hou-ga ii” and “V-nai hou-ga ii”.

– Exercise I and II of the section 25 in the textbook

Homework Assignment:

– No homework was assigned.

Issues and Problems:

< I have no time to write them now>

Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Conversation) on June 22, 2020

Date: June 22th on Monday, 2020 from 8:00 to 9:30 (9:00 – 10:30 in JST)

Course: Japanese Conversation 4

Used app: Video conference on DingTalk, BBS was also used supplementarily to show 14 pictures during the video conference.

Numbers of Students:

 – At the beginning:

   – Self-claiming attendance by the means of input “Shusseki” onto BBS: 26

   – Attendance check using the video conference monitor: 21

 – At the end by answering the question that I gave them at the end of the class: 19

Class Activities:

 – Review of introduction of Causative-Passive sentences using “Dekiru Nihongo” Chap.13

 _ Introduction of Causative-Give and Take sentences using the textbook

Homework Assignment:

 – No HWA

Issues and Problems:

LQ Laoshi Plays BACH on Electric Bass Again

My electric bass Ibanez SR500 has got a problem with its built-in amplifier. It doesn’t work to generate bass sounds but makes noise like the following audio recording. Probably you will regret hearing the sound. I bought this Ibanez bass in 2010, in Tokyo. It has been already ten years. Since 10 years are not short for a life of an electric circuit, I don’t think I can complain about this.

Noise sounds from pre-amplifier of SR500 (414kB)

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Electric Bass Ibanez SR500 that I bought in Tokyo Ten Years Ago

So I changed my main bass from Ibanez to Bacchus. The big difference between Ibanez and Bacchus is with or without the amplifier inside. Ibanez basses always have an active circuit which is a built-in amplifier, but Bacchus basically doesn’t have an active circuit inside of bass. I had an experience of using Ibanez for three years in past, I was always worry about troubles on active circuit. The pre-amplifier used 9-volt battery which also had a problem for availability in store. I want to say that I like passive pick-up for my bass. It is simple, no need to worry about battery and electric circuit.

I played the most famous piece from J. S. Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite, that is Prelude from Suite No.1.  I am not a good bassist, but I hope you enjoy it. The original cello version uses the open string of A near the end. I guess that the A-string of a cello is the highest. I also use the open A string for that part on my bass. But the A string on bass is the second lowest. So what is being played in high in the original is played in low in my version. Please do not complain about this. Because I know that many bassists have made much effort to play this A notes in high for this Bach Piece. If you play in low, actually it would be very easy. I admit my technique is poor but I am expecting that J.S.Bach in heaven might allow me to do so.

J. S. Bach, Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1, Prelude in G major (2.70MB)

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Bass:WJB-330M YLW by Bacchus

Strings:D’Addario, Extra-Light of Balanced Tension

Amplifier:  Not a Bass Amplifier, but a cheap audio Amp.

No editing!

A Solar Eclipse was Seen at 5 p.m. in Niigata , JAPAN.

I put a feeder in the garden. A sparrow comes every morning.

Another lily flower opened in the garden. It is good to cut the flowers to make the bulbs grow bigger.

A solar eclipse was seen today. The photo shows the shapes of the sun that is the lights coming through the paper screen of Japanese style “Shouji”. The paper is worn out and has got many holes. So I need to change the paper screen…if I have time to do so…

The reason why I write this blog is to make records about my activities as a Japanese teacher. So I don’t mind if people hardly visit this blog. Having said that, it is really amazing that only very few people come here these days….

Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Composition) on June 20, 2020

Date: June 20th on Saturday, 2020 from 13:40 to 15:10 (14:40 – 16:10 in JST)

<This was a supplementary class that was done in irregular hours>

Course: Japanese Basic Composition 2

Used app: Video conference on DingTalk, BBS of the class was also used simultaneously to show the students some pictures.

Numbers of Students:

  –

Responses to my requests like Quiz answers onto BBS:

  –       

  –

Class Activities:

Homework:

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Issues and Problems:

Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Composition) on June 19, 2020

Date: June 19th on Friday, 2020 from 8:00 to 9:30 (9:00 – 10:30 in JST)

Course: Japanese Basic Composition 2

Used app: Video conference on DingTalk, BBS of the class was also used simultaneously to show the students some pictures.

Numbers of Students:

  – 24 students input their attendances on BBS. However only 19 students sent me their compositions at the end of the class. Also several students replied to me in the interview session. Therefore the self-claiming attendance is not accurate measure to record students’ attendance. 

Class Activities:

 Three activities were done in the class.

 -1: To proofread and correct their paper about tourism of a particular prefecture of Japan. This was a task only in the first session.

 -2: To compose a description about 4-picture manga which was one of three that were drawn by the late Machiko Hasegawa. This was a task in the second session. Those compositions were sent in the form of JPEG to the teacher when the class was over. 

 -3: Each student was called by teacher one by one to video call. He/she was asked to read out part of his/her paper for 1 minutes and 30 seconds. The teacher gave a feedback for writing and/or speaking. Since these interview took time, this activity had been done all through the first and second sessions. So two activities were simultaneously ongoing; 3 and either of 1 or 2.  17 students could made interviews with me. 

Homework:

. – No HWA

Issues and Problems:

 On Tuesday 16th for class 1836 , I called each student one by one after I closed video conference. That took minutes only just to make a connection. So for this time, I was just keeping the video conference turned on, I called a student in that conference. This might have been a disturbance for other students to write their composition. However, I wanted to save the class time.   

Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Conversation) on June 19, 2020

Date: June 19th on Friday, 2020 from 13:40 to 15:10 (14:40 – 16:10 in JST)

Course: Japanese Conversation 4

Used app: Video conference on DingTalk, BBS was also used supplementarily to show some pictures during the video conference. The teacher used Powerpoint on part of computer display. The PPT was a kind of aid for teacher to conduct the class and also for playing audio that was embedded to a slide.   

Numbers of Students:

 – At the beginning: 26 by Self-claiming attendance by the means of input “Shusseki” onto BBS

 – At the end: 20 by asking a question

Class Activities:

 – Introduction of Causative-Passive sentences using “Dekiru Nihongo” Chap.13

 – The teacher asked the students many questions using the function of video conference. So the class activities were mush interactive.

Homework Assignment:

 – No HWA

Issues and Problems:

I asked the students whether or not he/she had the textbook there. This was the question that I made at the end of the class to check their attendance through the class time. The answer was surprise to me. None of them has it. They all left the textbook in the university dormitory. Until that time, I didn’t know that . Without knowing they didn’t have the textbook, I have already done most of the semester. I usually put all the pictures onto my PPT slides. Therefore the students hadn’t feel the necessity of textbook. So no one student told me that.

Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Conversation) on June 17, 2020

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

<This was a supplementary class that was done in irregular hours>

Course: Japanese Conversation 4

Used app: Video conference on DingTalk, BBS was also used so that students could refer to during the video conference. Twelve images and three audio clips were presented on the BBS for the class 1837.

Numbers of Students: 24 out of 28. Four students were thought to be absent throughout the class

Class Activities:

-Causative sentences of the type that gives a permission.

Homework Assignment:

– No HA.

Issues and Problems:

Video conference was often stopped. It seems that much more capacity is needed on internet communication when we do video conference.

Interactive activities took more minutes than I thought. I think it is okay because I still have many hours to teach until the semester ends. How much I taught is not a matter. How much the students have learned is the matter.

Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Conversation) on June 15, 2020

Date: June 15th 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 64 slides

Numbers of Students: 26 out of 28.

– Fully attendant for 90min : 21

– Shorter signing-in: 86, 47, and 26 seconds.

– Two students can be assumed their participation through the activities, although the system recorded no signing in.

Responses onto the BBS:

– Attendance check by a student his/herself: 26.

– 1st Quiz: 19 students responded.

– 2nd Quiz: 26 students responded.

– Attendance check at the end: 19 students responded.

Teaching: 

– Causative sentences, issues of “-totte” v.s. “-taishite”,  and “V1-ta toorini V2”

Homework Assignment:

– Five 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:

This was the last time that I taught in the form of PPT slide show streaming. The following conversation classes for 1837 class were changed to be in the form of Video conference. This change happened because I had to do many supplementary classes in the last three weeks of this semester.