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.

Afternoon Walk under Strong Sunshine in Niigata, JAPAN.

I don’t have any online class on Thursday. However, I know that I have to work through the night today because there are two classes tomorrow. I felt I had to exercise my body, so I took a walk again.

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Rice had been already planted in the paddy fields around here.

 

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I wish that this small rice seedlings grow and survive. When autumn comes, it will turn to be golden and bring us a rich harvest.

 

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There are not many flowers in my house, so this was the chance to take a photo of flowers. This orange one is a popular spring flower in Japan.

 

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I don’t know much about this type of flower. Is this a German Iris or something?

 

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I think this is a kind of chrysanthemum. And the word chrysanthemum always needs auto-spellcheck.

 

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Let me tell ya. I am not a railway geek. I believe that being a railway geek surely ruins boy’s fortune. A boy should never be a railway geek. (Perhaps reiterating it makes a reader suspicious of me, though)

 

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Again. I have to pay more attention to a utility pole. When I took this photo, I should have avoided coinciding of the utility pole and the peak of the mountain behind.

Tomato and Egg Plants in the Garden on May 12th

These days I work through the night several times a week. I don’t like TV says “tele-working” is new normal and “Online education” is wonderful, this and that. I would say it is too hard for me to spend day to day because I have to make three hundred PowerPoint slides a week. I can’t go outside. Even I cannot find a time to go shopping in the nearby supermarket located in the place of 10 minutes walk from the house. Actually I could not take a bath for several days because I worry I may fall or get a heart attack in the bath. My fun these days is just to look at the garden and take a photo.

 

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Because I have to work very hard for online teaching kind of things, I do not have time to manage the garden. So I asked a neighbor to plant something on the garden. He and his friend planted some vegetables already.  The photo is a tomato. The card on the ground says that this is Tomato that is easy to grow.

 

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Yellow flowers of tomato.

 

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He planted egg plants.

 

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The fruits of peach are too many. I have to reduce the number of fruits for better harvest. And comes below are Azalea flowers in the garden.

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Azalea flowers last short. When they are gone, the garden will have little flowers. If I had a time, I would like to plant many flowers to make the garden colorful and beautiful. But it is sure that the online education kind of things prevents me from doing so.

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.

< For time limitation, the rest of the teaching was suspended to be recorded here>

Homework:

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

Issues and Problems:

< No time to write now>

Online Teaching for Class 1836 (Composition) on May 9, 2020

Date: May 9th on Saturday, 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 80 slides

Numbers of Students: 28

25 students participated for whole 90 minutes.

3 students were recorded for their short attendances: 57, 44, 32 minutes

Responses to my requests like Quiz answers onto BBS:

– Attendance check by reporting his/her-selves: 28.

– 1st Quiz: 26 students responded. This was to correct the erroneous sentence with over-generalization of “Wa-ga construction”.

– In the rest of the class, the students were given 5-question quiz. A student answered a question by taking a memo, and sent five answers right after the class. This also worked as an attendance check at the end of the class.

Teaching:

– Feedback about the students’ compositions about a health care worker from abroad.

– Review and summary of the first half of this semester.

Homework:

– Homework assignment was suspended. Although the second drafting for the essay about a health care worker must be assigned, I haven’t yet evaluated their first draft.

Issues and Problems:

The result of the quiz showed that some students didn’t understand the difference between “-teiru” and “-tekuru”. For other issues, however, I have no time to write them right now.

Took a Walk in the Afternoon. Late Spring in Niigata, JAPAN.

It was 4:10 in the afternoon when I finished the online Japanese teaching. I had two online classes yesterday. Since I prepared for them almost through the night, I just wanted to go outside. The sky was clear yesterday, although it had become not so clear when I started walking in late afternoon.

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Wisteria flowers were in full bloom in the play ground of nearby junior high school. I think the tree is very old because I think it has been there since I was a kid.

 

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A view from the bank that is just behind the junior high school. There is a small ship building factory there. Community paper said that some American people came to the ship builder there to make an old style wooden boat, if my memory was correct.

I think there were many boats that went up and down the rivers in Niigata Plain (Echigo Plain) in the past like 19th century. Of course those navigation are now very rare. But what I thought was that if I devoted to a research about the history of water transportation in Niigata Plain, what would it be like? For example, writing a dissertation about it.  Uh.., it would be just a micro history in a small rural community. No one would be interested in such a tiny issue. I think I will not do a such research, probably.

 

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Snow is melting on the Iide Mountains that is located among Niigata, Fukushima and Yamagata Prefectures.

 

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I should have paid attention to the utility pole when I took this photo.

 

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I was walking on a bridge that was almost the same age as me. The peak of the mountain in the photo is 1,293 meter if my memory is correct.

 

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I don’t know this mountain’s altitude exactly. Probably it may be 1500 meter. Its cliff looks like an inside of split bowl. It was said that the cliff was the mouth of the volcano in the very old time, but I am not sure.

 

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So the paddy fields are now filled with water. It seems that the rice seedlings have already been planted there.

 

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This was the last photo I took yesterday.

Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Composition) on May 8, 2020

Date: May 8th 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 79 slides

Numbers of Students: 24 out of 28

90 minutes attendance: 14 students

Shorter attendances: 87, 86, 84, 69, 58, 51, 14, 5, 4, and 3 minutes.

completely absent: 4 students

Responses to my requests like Quiz answers onto BBS:

Attendance check: 24. But, of these, one student was recorded as “Completely Absent” on the system. One student came late.

Quiz 1 : 23 students responded. The question was to find an error on use of particle. Not “-ga” but “-o” must be used for the object of an intransitive verb.

Only the quiz No.1 was done using BBS during the class. Instead, five questions were given to the students. And they were asked to send five answers immediately after the class.

Teaching:

– Feedback about the homework assignment which was to write an essay about an episode of a health care worker from abroad.

– Review of the first half of this semester. Five questions were given to the students in order to check their understanding for the issues that were already explained in the classes so far.

Homework:

– HW is suspended until I evaluate and send back the first drafts that were expressions about reading health care workers from abroad.

Issues and Problems:

<No time to write them right now>