Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Composition) on Mar.27, 2020

Date: March 27th 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 73 slides

Numbers of Students: 28

19 students signed in whole of the 90 minutes class. 9 students had been signed in shorter than 90 minutes: 75, 74, 66, 50, 32, 7, 3minutes, 37seconds, and amazingly the shortest was 5seconds.

Responses to my requests like Quiz answers onto BBS:

Attendance check: 27. But of the 27, one student signed in late.

Q1: Definitions of the word categories “Nouns”, “Verbs”, and “Adjectives” : 18

Q2: Questions about Tense consistency in Japanese : 18 (they are all wrong answers)

Attendance Check at the End: 19

Teaching:

Feedback of proofreading and corrections

Tense-Aspect of verb predicate sentences of Japanese

Homework:

Rewriting a Composition about how the student was spending this winter break within 300 characters.

Issues and Problems:

Students are just inputting the same answer that the top student has input. If the top student input a wrong answer, all the students will make the same mistake. This was the case for the second quiz. The right  answer was 2 out of 1, 2, and 3. In the class 1836, the first student input “1”, then all the following students input the wrong answer 1″. In this class 1837, the first student input “3”, then all the following students input the wrong answer “3”.  I want each student to think about the answer by his/herself.

Online Teaching for Class 1836 (Composition) on Mar.24, 2020

Date: March 24th 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 74 slides

Numbers of Students: 28

24 students stayed whole of the class which lasted 90 minutes. Four students indicate their late sign in and/or early leave (57, 65, 77, 78 minutes, respectively).

Responses to my requests like Quiz answers onto BBS:

Attendance check: 23.

Q1: Whether or not they used MS-Mincho: 17

Q2: Definitions of the word categories “Nouns”, “Verbs”, and “Adjectives” : 20

Q3: Questions about Tense consistency in Japanese : 14 (they are all wrong answers)

Attendance Check at the End: 27

Teaching:

Feedback of proofreading and corrections

Tense-Aspect of verb predicate sentences of Japanese

Homework:

Rewriting a Composition about how the student was spending this winter break within 300 characters.

Issues and Problems:

 

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

Date: March 20th 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 (74 slides)

Numbers of Students: Class 1837 has 28 students

24 at the beginning,  22 at the end. 28 is total. One student was completely absent from the class.Therefore 27 students participated the class. 22 students stayed for whole 90minutes, 5 students were recorded with their shorter duration; 1min!, 12min, 58min,71min, and 79min.

Responses to the “During-the-Class_Quiz”:

Q1: 18 students responded.

Q2: Correction of short sentences: 8 students suggested their corrections.

Q3: 20 responded.

Q4: A series of 5 questions at the end of class in order to check if a student had been with class through the class. 22 submitted. Some got 3 points. Class 1836 performed better than 1837.

Teaching: (it was the same as 1836 class on Tuesday)

Homework:(it was the same as 1836 class on Tuesday)

Issues and Problems:

It was obvious that PPT slides that I prepared were short for 90 minutes. So I introduced a Japanese painter Mr. Ikuo HIRAYAMA in the middle of the class. I spent more minutes for this introduction of him than in the class 1836.

Train Ride under the Dark Sky

It was a day for me to get on a local train.

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I had to go to four city halls to collect documents of family record for a person who passed away recently. It is the time that anything can be done online, but many systems in Japan are such out of date that require people wasting much time.

 

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The top of Mountain Suganadake is hidden by the dark cloud.

 

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The train went east toward Fukushima along Agano River.

 

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I got of the train. Fukushima was still very much far. There were a few passengers getting of the train with me.

 

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The office was at 10 minutes walk distance from railway station.

 

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Just after 1 p.m. I went back the station. There were not many things even in front of the railway station because this was a rural area.

 

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Actually I had to wait in the station for two hours. No one was there.

 

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View from the train window. A highway running along Agano River was protected by concrete roof.

 

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It was dark but not in the night. The train was running through a tunnel.

 

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I had to still visit one more city hall at the time when I took this photo. This train trip was not an excursion for leisure. I was just moving under the dark winter sky in Niigata, JAPAN.

Online Teaching for Class 1836 (Composition) on Mar.17, 2020

Date: March 17th 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 (74 slides)

Numbers of Students: 28

One student stayed 41 minutes but he left the online class. Other 27 students had been stayed whole through 90 minutes.

Responses to the “During-the-Class_Quiz”:

Q1: Of 28, 25 answered, 3 were silent.

Q2: Correction of sentences written by one particular student. Only 13 suggested his/her correction.

Q3: This was to ask types of  conjunctive particles. 23 students answered and all correct.

Q4: A series of 5 questions at the end of class in order to check if a student had been with class through the class. 26 submitted. Some got 4 points, some 5.

Teaching:

How can a composition class be done online? Actually my concern is just how to kill the time during an online composition class. Writing takes time. So if I made students write compositions in class, it would  be so easy to spend 90 minutes. But a big question arises; Isn’t it the same as homework? Is there any benefits to do it online?

So I had to think of how I teach during 90 minutes composition class. What I did was to show everybody how I correct one student’s composition. So the first half of time and slides were used for this activity. Corrections were a lot;

Verb Te-form, Inconsistency between a subject and a predicate, error on choice of conjunctive particles, speech style with spouse, Particles’ -wa/-ga problem, correlation between some type of adverb and sentence ending, better use of -teiru/tekuru, and so on.

In the last half of the time, I used the textbook which I don’t like much. Using it, I taught choices ko-so-a words and tense-aspect issue.

Homework:

Writing a Composition about how the student was spending this winter break within 300 characters. And the Word file must be sent by email to the teacher.

Issues and Problems:

It was obvious that PPT slides that I prepared were short for 90 minutes. So I introduced a Japanese painter Mr. Ikuo HIRAYAMA in the middle of the class.

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I have got things to do in Kanto Plain. So I decided to travel to Kanto region for several days. I got on a local train first to head Niigata.

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When the local train crossed a river, I saw Gozu Mountains that had got some new snow. It was dark. Yes winter days in Niigata are always under the dark clouds.

 

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I took a Shinkansen, or Bullet train in Niigata.

 

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Less than two hours, you can get under the clear blue sky in the Kanto Plain. There are lots of unequal things in this world, you know. People in Kanto can enjoy this fine weather in winter, while people in Niigata have to live under the dark clouds with wet, chilly, and snowy weather.

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I got on a local train in the morning.

 

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I could see a little bit of snow on the rice fields. The coldest weather hit Japan yesterday.

 

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There was an objet at the west entrance of JR Niitsu station.

 

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A person gave me a pack of Sushi as a souvenir. The sushi was “Engawa” that was muscle at the base of fin of flatfishes.

 

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Dipping into soy sauce, I ate the first piece of Engawa Sushi.

 

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A close-up photo. Of course this is raw fish. Do you want to eat it? I like it.