amuro ikimasu

when i lived in japan i had the occasional chance for play.  one time i went snowboarding in nagano.  my friends taught me a few catch phrases to say for fun as i began my descent down the signless mountain.  there was no “black diamond” on this slope.  just ride the lift to the drop off point and that was it.

anyways, they taught me:

“amuro ikimasu”, and

“namu amida butsu”

 

as i look for the school where i will get my phd, i cannot help but think these phrases.  the first is from a cartoon, the later from buddha texts.  like my combination of messages, these 2 help remind me that i lived and worked in japan and not just studied it in a textbook.  i will, of course, be required to articulate better my thoughts, but as i study about japan it helps to remember that next to new japan, in peaceful co-habitation is old japan.  both living in harmony.  so, like broken metaphors and car mirrors also reminding me not to look back, i cannot help but think, ah, yes, “away i go…here goes nothing.”

let the fun times begin…

Japanese Lessons 11-15…

“Let the Fun Times Begin”

 

Focus/review:              Students will review for test by going over the greetings, countries, and hobbies with each other

Students will take the test by playing a board game

 

Example:

Using a simple twisted circle, when students land on a certain color they give the correct answer based on the English.  Also the alphabet will be put in as one landed color to review for mastery.

 

Teacher Input:              Teacher has pre-set stations for people to go to before the class.

A)   Listening

B)   Reading

C)   Speaking

D)   Writing

 

Teacher goes over the objectives of each of the learning stations.  Teacher explains the necessity to be on-task at all times because at the end of the week s/he will be giving a test based on the vocabulary learned.  If a conversation is needed, the partner and s/he will work together with the teacher, but if it is simple vocabulary, students will take test individually.

 

Example:              partners may choose one of the following topics, but not limited to:  colors, numbers and counters, borrowed words, prefectures, adjectives, nouns, verbs, Japanese holidays

 

Guided Practice:              Teacher will act as moderator and monitor to make sure students are on task with occasional check of journals, activity sheets, or any other student-created work (for example, students may make a video, prezi, glogster, power point, etc).

 

Independent Practice:              Teacher will give assessments and grade based on student chosen topics.

 

Example helpful websites:

http://a4esl.org

http://www.freerice.com

http://www.busuu.com

http://www.about.com

 

昔昔

Long time ago there was a belief i held for understanding myself through the lens of music.  In fact, as i sat in my class tonight i know why.  Music has a way to reach the biological self through our senses.  This is why i always ask to see a brainstorm from my students.  I like to ask them to fill in a simple face that allows them to use the senses in a fill in the blank fashion.  But i add the heart, also, to find out how they feel.
It may be basic, but getting his/her feelings helps them not only understand the world around them.  They are, like me, be better understanding with those around them…and in turn be better citizens of the human (and this includes all living and unliving things) race.

lessons 6-10

Japanese Lessons 6-10

Greetings and Salutations

 

Focus/Review:              Teacher will give final test for alphabet by asking students to review by playing karuta in groups of 5 (winner gets 5 bonus points on test).

Teacher gives test by writing the week’s vocabulary from Romaji to Japanese.

 

Vocabulary:

Day of the week

English

Romaji

Japanese

Monday

Good morning

Ohayou gozaimasu

 

Monday

Good afternoon

Konnichiwa

 

Monday

Good evening

Konbanwa

 

Monday

Good night

Oyasuminasai

 

Monday

Hello

Konnichiwa/osu

 

Monday

Goodbye

Sayounara/mata ne/ja ne/bai bai

 

Tuesday

I’m home

Tadaima

 

Tuesday

Welcome back

Okaerinasai

 

Tuesday

I’m leaving

Ittekimasu

 

Tuesday

Go, and be welcome

Itterashai

 

Tuesday

Thank you for inviting me to your house.

Ojamashimasu

 

Tuesday

Thank you for inviting me to your house.  I hope I was not a bother.

Ojamashimashita

 

Wednesday

Welcome to our business

Irasshaimase

 

Wednesday

Thank you for the meal (before)

Itadakimasu

 

Wednesday

Thank you for the meal (after)

Gochisosama deshita

 

Wednesday

Thank you very much

Doumo arigatou gozaimasu

 

Wednesday

Sorry

Gomennasai

 

Wednesday

Excuse me

Shitsureishimasu/sumimasen

 

Wednesday

You’re welcome

Dou itashimashite

 

Thursday

Good job today

Otsukaresama deshita

 

Thursday

What is your name?

O namae wa nan desu ka?

 

Thursday

Nice to meet you

Hajimemashite.  Douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

 

Thursday

Nice to meet you, too.

Hajimemashite.  Kochira koso.

 

Thursday

Where are you from?

Doko kara kimashita ka?

 

Thursday

What is your hobby?

Shumi wa nan desu ka?

 

 

Teacher Input:              Teacher goes over the vocabulary, students will grade their tests simultaneously, pronunciation and situations.

 

Guided Practice:              Teacher and students go over vocabulary with role-play skits. 

On Thursday, the teacher will elicit response for different country names.  Also, s/he will help create a list of hobbies.

Example:

English

Japanese

USA

Amerika

Canada

Kanada

England

Igirisu

China

Chuukoku

Japan

Nihon

Korea

Kankoku

Germany

Doitsu

Italy

Itaria

English

Japanese

Tea ceremony

Cha-no-yu

Flower arrangement

Ikebana

Archery

Kyuudou

Karate

Karate

Judo

Judo

Taiko

Taiko

Swimming

Oyogimasu

Volleyball

Bare-boru

Baseball

Yakyuu

Basketball

Basuketo

Soccer

Sa-ka

Tennis

Tenisu

Ping pong

Teburu tenisu 

Watching movies

Eiga wo miru

Watching TV

Terebi wo miru

Reading books

Hon wo yomu

Climbing mountains

Yama wo noboru

 

Independent Practice:              Students will interact with each other in Japanese.  The                                                            day’s vocabulary will become the next day’s