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Japanese Lessons 1-5

Japanese Alphabet

 

Before the first class, the teacher will have the alphabet poster and the by-the-stroke order mini posters displayed for the students to see.  Also, the teacher will have pre-post it noted the things in the classroom.  In addition to this, a map, pictures, and hands-on objects will be displayed.  A computer (with Internet), Smartboard, and LCD projector are extremely valuable resources.

 

Focus/Review:              Teacher asks students to say words, phrases, or sentences that they all ready know in Japanese.  Teacher writes them on the board in Romaji (Romanized letters).

 

Examples:  sushi, sumo(u), ramen, edamame, karaoke, karate, ohayo(u), sayo(u)nara, yo(u)koso, arigato(u), hai, iie, yatta, hajimemashite, origami

Note:  the U in parenthesis is to be added because it is the correct Romaji (because the letter is pronounced) even though in English it is not written

 

Tuesday through Friday, the teacher will give a day before review graded quiz. 

 

Objective:                                      Students will learn how to pronounce all the letters

Students will also learn how to write all the letters that end with one of the letters, e.g. a, i, u, e, o.

Monday

a, ka, sa, ta, na, ha, ma, ya, ra, wa

Tuesday

i ki, shi, chi, ni, hi, mi, ri

Wednesday

u, ku, su, tsu, nu, hu (fu), mu, yu, ru

Thursday

e, ke, se, te, ne, ne, he, me, re

Friday

o, ko, so, to, no, ho, mo, yo ro, wo, n

 

Teacher Input:              Teacher displays the alphabet on the board and begins to read it.  After the letter is said, s/he gives an example word.  If there is a word, or words that the student said earlier, these are said instead.

 

Monday (gestsuyoubi)

Tuesday

(kayoubi)

Wednesday

(suyoubi

Thursday

(mokuyoubi)

Friday

(kinyoubi)

Ashi

Inu

Unagi

Enpitsu

Origami

Kasa

Kippu

Kuma

Keshigomu

Koka-kora

Sakana

Shitsureishimasu

Sumou

Seki

Sora

Taiko

Chi

Tsunami

Teburu

Toire

Namae

Nihon/Nippon

Nushi

Neru

Nori

Ha*

Himitsu

Fuji

Hebi

Hon

Makudonarudo

Miru

Muri

Me

Mori

Yatta!

Ringo

Yu

Rei

Youkoso

Ramen

 

Rusuban

 

Rounin

 

 

 

 

Wo

 

 

 

 

Anpanman

*the particle is pronounced wa

 

Teacher will then say the letters again and write them on the board. 

 

Guided Practice:            Teacher and students will go over rule(s) and expectations of the class

 

Examples:  When the teacher enters, the students stand in unison, wait for s/he to stop in front of the class and a leader will command the rest to bow, then teacher will bow and gesture for them to have a seat.

After the class, the students, in unison, will say, thank you for the lesson, teacher.

Homework, like in any class, but akin to math, is integral for advancement to be done.  This, like the daily quizzes, is to be taken very seriously and a big portion of the grade comes from these assignments.

 

Teacher will play the video and sing with the students.

Teacher will hand out graph paper for the students to write the alphabet.  Teacher will go around helping the students with the stroke order.

Teacher will read a book and elicit the pronunciation, to be repeated after the teacher if necessary, of the words.

Teacher and students will play karuta (a Japanese slap-the-card game) to listen and to remember the letters in a fun and native Japanese way.

Teacher will also either read a picture book or play a video so the students can hear Japanese in context.  Handouts of the words will be given out.

 

Independent Practice:            The students will say, read, and write the day’s alphabet letters (this will also become the focus/review for the next day)

Homework will consist of students purchasing a Japanese/English dictionary, English ABC cards, and writing the letters.

 

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About charleswinstead

having lived in japan for 3.5 years i wish to "go back to the island" as often as i can. i lived from 1999-2003. i went back in 2007, then again in 2011. i am a full time teacher, so the best time to go for me is during the summer vacation. it works out well because i love the sensational feelings i get in japan during the summer...especially playing taiko and eating lots of ma-cha ice.

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