Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Conversation) on May 18, 2020

Date: May 18th 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 57 slides

Numbers of Students: 24 out of 28. 4 students were recorded as completely absent.

Fully attendant for 90min : 20

Shorter signing-in: 44, 11, 3, and 2 minutes.

Responses onto the BBS:

– Attendance check by a student his/herself: 25. Of the 25, Two students were recorded as completely absent by the system. One came late and stayed for 44 minutes.

– 1st Quiz: 20 students responded. This was to tell the difference between a polite and overly friendly speech styles when making a suggestion.

– 2nd Quiz: 22 students responded. This was to choose a type of usages for the abstract noun “koto” in the forms of “-koto ni Suru”, two of “-koto ni Natteiru”, and “-koto ni Naru”.

– 3rd Quiz: 21 students responded. This had nothing to do with Japanese grammar. We learned one conversation in which “Oyako Donburi” was talked about. The question asked why “Oyako Donburi” was named like that.

– Attendance check at the end: 22 students responded. Each student was assigned to make a sentence using one of four conditional conjunctive particles “-to”, “-ba”, “-tara”, and “-nara”.

Teaching: 

-Reading and comprehending a poem “Kanashimi” by Shuntaro Tanikawa. This poem , using a conditional conjunctive particle “-tara”, was used for the quiz at the ending of the last class on Friday.

– Additional usages of “-tara” in conversations.

– Learning a conversation using conditional conjunctive particles.

Homework Assignment:

– The deadline of the small test for section 13 is on Wednesday night.

– Six students were asked to send a voice mail or MP3 by Wednesday night. Voice mail/mp3 is a student’s recording of conversation between two part time job workers.

Issues and Problems:

It was relief for me that most students could write a Japanese sentence using a conditional conjunctive particle that was allotted to each student. This is a class for conversation, but we have devoted to grammatical issues of conditional conjunctive particles “-to”, “-ba”, “-tara”, and “-nara” for more than one month.

Online Teaching for Class 1939 (Listening) on May 20, 2020

Date: May 20th on Wednesday, 2020 from 8:00 to 9:30 (9:00 – 10:30 in JST)

Course: Japanese Listening 2

Used app: Streaming on DingTalk, Presentation by Powerpoint with 68 slides

Numbers of Students: 27

Every student stayed with me from the start to the end.

Students’ Responses:

– Attendance Check : All of the 27 students typed his/her attendance on BBS.

– Quiz 1 : Only two students responded. This is because my explanation was not enough to tell the students what to do. 16 variations were shown for the sentence endings for 4 types of predicates (noun, Na-adj, I-adj, and verb) with parameters of positive or negative and past or non-past. I wanted to get some data about which sentence endings were difficult for students.. This question didn’t work.

– Quiz 2: 19 students answered. Since the number was unusually less, perhaps a problem with internet connection might have happened, but it was not sure. The question was to distinguish two types of potentials that were actually the same expressions of “-koto-ga dekiru”. One was his/her capability and the other was situational potentiality.

– Quiz 3: 20 students answered. Question was to make a judgement of right-or-wrong for six verbs in Te-form.

– Quiz at the End: 24 students typed their own sentences that meant to doing something to examine, “V-te miru”. But the sentences showed that the student did not understand well the concept of “V-te miru”.

Teaching:

1: Basics of Japanese grammar

– The ending is affected by tense for Japanese sentences. It is necessary to pay much attention to an adverbial for time. If it means past, A sentence ending needs to change for past tense.

2: Grammar for section 20 of the textbook.

– “V-te miru” is used to express when someone does something new or special to examine it.

3: Listening activities using the textbook

– Task 1 and 2 of the section 20 of the textbook.

Homework Assignment:

– No homework was assigned.

Issues and Problems:

– It seems that Dingtalk has a problem with its recording functions for the messages that are input on pop-up message board. During a slide show, I quite often ask the students to input their answers for quiz. Almost all students input their answer onto the pop-up message board. However, once I finish the slide show, the pop-up message board also gets closed, and some of students’ answers do not appear on the Dingtalk’s message board. I have already compared the pop-up message board with Dingtalk’s message board during the slide show, and confirmed that some messages were surely lost.

But the problem is not so simple. There is another tendency that good students always leave the answers, while not-so-good and bad students do not leave their answers always. So, right now, my problem is that I cannot separate two factors; one comes from the system and the other comes from each student’s performance, when I found a question is left unanswered.

Online Teaching for Class 1939 (Listening) on May 18, 2020

Date: May 18th on Monday, 2020 from 9:50 to 11:20 (10:50 – 12:20 in JST)

Course: Japanese Listening 2

Used app: Streaming on DingTalk, Presentation by Powerpoint with 70 slides

Numbers of Students: 27

27 students stayed with me from the start to the end.

Students’ Responses:

– Attendance Check : 27 students typed his/her attendance by themselves on BBS.

– Quiz 1 : 26 students answered. This was to show that “tsumori” would be better only for subject “watashi-wa” from the point of view of politeness.

– Quiz 2: 27 students answered. This was to tell the difference between “-kara ” for reason and “-kara” for the order of actions.

– Quiz 3: 27 students answered. This was to make sure that a verb must be in dictionary form before “-maeni” and be  in Ta-form before “-atode”

– Quiz at the End: 27 students typed their own sentences that consisted of the subject, place, an object, and a transitive verb.

Teaching:

1: Basics of Japanese grammar

– In “wa-ga construction”, the whole uses “-wa” and a part uses “-ga”.

– A subject uses “-ga” and an object uses “-o” in a transitive verb predicate sentence. subject

2: Review of grammar in the last class

– “-Koto”, “tsumori”, and “tokoro” are a type of nouns that are often used to connect a verb and a particle. They are less meaningful but functional.

3: Listening using textbook material

Homework Assignment:

– No homework was assigned.

Issues and Problems:

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

Date: May 15th 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 61 slides

Numbers of Students: 24 of 28, 4 were recorded as completely absent

Fully attendant for 90min : 19

Shorter signing-in: 60, 15, 2, 1 and 1 minutes.

Responses onto the BBS:

– Attendance check by a student his/herself: 24. One of 24 was recorded as completely absent by the system. Another student came late.

– 1st Quiz: 22 students responded. The quiz was to find a right combination for particles “-nara” and “-tara” in the sentence to stop drunken drive.

– 2nd Quiz: 22 students responded. The question was to select one of “-to”, “-ba”, “-tara”, and “-nara” for a sentence about one-time event in the past.

– 3rd Quiz: 21 students responded. The question was to find an erroneous sentence that was a suggestion but using the conditional conjunctive particle “-to”.

– Attendance check at the end: 18 students responded. Students had to choose one of four conditional conjunctive particles for a poem written by Shuntaro Tanikawa.

Teaching: 

– Some important expressions not only conditional conjunctive particles but also auxiliary verb “-youda” that appeared in the conversation between Park-san and Chin-san.

– Practical applications of conditional conjunctive particle “-tara” in conversations such as “V-tara doudesuka” using the textbook.

Homework Assignment:

– Short test was assigned as a homework that was about conditional conjunctive particles “-to” and “-tara”.

– Six students were asked to send a voice mail by speaking the script of conversation of two part time job workers; Park-san and Chin-san.

Issues and Problems:

I have to explain a lot about how to differentiate usages of four conditional conjunctive particles because the textbook is dealing with those four almost at the same time. I don’t think it is good because the students must be confused.

Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Composition) on May 15, 2020

Date: May 15th 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 61 slides

Numbers of Students: 25 out of 28

90 minutes attendance: 21 students

Shorter attendances: 33, 14, 11, and 3 minutes.

completely absent: 3 students

Responses to my requests like Quiz answers onto BBS:

Attendance check: 26. One student sent the message of his?her attendance, but the system recorded that student as “Completely Absent”.

Quiz was done in other way. So far I have asked the students to input their quiz answer onto BBS. This gives me a quick response, but has a deficit that most of the students are just looking at other students’ answer at the top and inputting the same answer. In order to reduce chances to refer to other students’ answers, I made them answer on a sheet of paper during the class and made them send the answers immediately after the class.

Teaching:

– Basically the teaching was the same as another composition class on Tuesday for the class 1836. Several slides were added to help the student understand better.

– Review and explanations for two questions of 5-question quiz in the last class (it was the same as on Tuesday).

-1: Particle “-o” should not be used for the intransitive verb “Naru” .

-2: There is a difference between “V-te ita” and “V-te kita” in terms of tense-aspect.

– Writing a paper

The student were asked to start a new task to write with good formatting as a document. The topic was sightseeing of a particular prefecture in Japan. Students were asked to write a paper with internet research and to make a suggestion for the better sightseeing services of the prefecture. Each student chose his/her prefecture in the class.

– Learning using the textbook.

Explanations and exercises as to how to use particle “-ni” and other issues like the difference between “-made” and “-demo”.

Homework:

– The students were asked modifying the template for the paper by filling the chapter titles of our task.

Issues and Problems:

During the class, approximately the half of the students chose a prefecture that they wanted to write about. But 10 students were remaining undecided. Actually this class 1837 has got a big problem with part of students. Their attendance is bad, and they are reluctant to hard studying. In order to make those students choose their prefecture to write about, I had to send messages.  Some have replied t me, some not.

Online Teaching for Class 1939 (Listening) on May 13, 2020

Date: May 13th on Wednesday, 2020 from 8:00 to 9:30 (9:00 – 10:30 in JST)

Course: Japanese Listening 2

Used app: Streaming on DingTalk, Presentation by Powerpoint with 66 slides

Numbers of Students: 27

Every student stayed with me from the start to the end.

Students’ Responses:

– Attendance Check : All of the 27 students typed his/her attendance on BBS.

– Quiz 1 : 26 students answered.The question asked the relation between “Naze” in the question and “-karadesu” in the answer which seems to have similarity with English’s “Why?- Because”.

– Quiz 2: 26 students answered.The question was to distinguish the function of a noun “tokoro” that can mean just before, ongoing, and right after

– Quiz 3: 26 students answered. Question was about a noun “koto”. The students were asked to choose one sentence from four, in which “koto” meant a decision by the one’s will.

– Quiz at the End: 26 students typed their own sentences that meant like “A person can d osomething”(of course in Japanese) .

Teaching:

1: Basics of Japanese grammar

– Intransitive verb predicate sentences and particles used in such sentences.

– Wa-ga construction for existence focusing on relations between the topic “wa” that contains and the subject “ga ” that is contained; in other words, “wa” for the entire and “ga” for a part. The students not only over-generalize “Wa-ga construction”, but also reversely place the entire thing and a part in the wa-ga construction. Also a caution was given to the students. the subject is unclear in a “Wa-ga construction” because it has the topic and the subject. It is better to use another construction that has a clear subject in order to make a sentence to say an existence of a thing and matter.

2: Review of grammar in the last class

– The section 18 of the textbook that contains some expressions using “V-te iru”.

3: Introduction to the section 19 of the textbook

– Functional nouns like koto, tsumori, and tokoro. Especially the expressions for capabilities were explained for both two types. One was that a person has potentiality to do something and the other was that the situation allows someone to do something.

– Exercise1 and 2 of the section 19 in the textbook.

Homework Assignment:

– No homework was assigned.

Issues and Problems:

– I used many PPT slides to make the students understand that there is a relationship of “contains – contained” in Wa-ga construction. “Contains” uses “-wa” as the topic and “Contained” uses “-ga” as the subject. But some students often place those words in reverse. It seems that, rather than teaching the same thing over and over and over again with a lot of repetitive PPT slides, I wonder that there might be a decisive way to make the students learn a correct use in just one time. If I repeat the same teachings again and again, but the students didn’t understand, it would be wasting the hours and it would mean that I am just damaging students’ opportunities to learn.

Online Teaching for Class 1836 (Composition) on May 12, 2020

Date: May 12th on Tuesday, 2020 from 15:30 to 17:00 (16:30 – 18:00 in JST)

Course: Japanese Basic Composition 2

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

Numbers of Students: 28

22 students participated for whole 90 minutes.

5 students were recorded for their short attendances: 83, 86, 42, 33, and 20 minutes

1 student was completely absent today

Responses to my requests like Quiz answers onto BBS:

– Attendance check by reporting his/her-selves: 27. ( One sent a message to tell me his absence beforehand)

– 5 Quiz were given to the students during the class. Answers to the 5-quiz were sent to me right after the class. Quiz to be posted on BBS was not given today. 24 students sent the answers to me.

Teaching:

– Review and explanations for two questions of 5-question quiz in the last class.

-1: Particle “-o” should not be used for the intransitive verb “Naru”.

1st question of 5-q quiz was given for this issue. Still one student thought it was okay to use “-o” for the sentence of intransitive verb ” Naru”.

-2: There is a difference between “V-te ita” and “V-te kita” in terms of tense-aspect.

– A new task for the last half of the second semester

The student were asked to start a task to write with good formatting as a document. The topic was sightseeing of a particular prefecture in Japan. Students were asked to write a paper with internet research and to make a suggestion for the better sightseeing services of the prefecture. Each student chose his/her prefecture in the class.

– Learning using the textbook.

2nd question of 5-q quiz: Choosing the right combinations of particles. Over-generalization of “Wa-ga construction” is one issue. But there is another issue that even in the case that “Wa-ga construction” can be used, many students make error for uses of particles “wa” and “ga”. 10 students made this type of error.

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Homework:

– The students were asked modifying the template for the paper by filling the chapter titles of our task

Issues and Problems:

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