Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This is a huge jump in learning compared to the lesson no 6 where they only learnt a handful of vocab. I found this exhausting to teach as well. There is so much new target language, a difficult question (where do you want to go?- believe me, I heard so many variations such as "where you do want to go?" and "Where want you to go?") followed by a difficult answer "I want to go to...." and THEN reasons why which could vary from "I want to eat...", "I want to see" and "I want to play..." My pupils found this lesson so hard even when split into 4 parts.
Here are my lesson plans:
Grade 6 Lesson Eigo Note Lesson 6- (6.18) I want to go to Italy part 1 *
Grade 6 Lesson Eigo Note Lesson 6- (6.19) I want to go to Italy part 2
Grade 6 Lesson Eigo Note Lesson 6- (6.20) I want to go to Italy part 3 **
Grade 6 Lesson Eigo Note Lesson 6- (6.21) I want to go to Italy part 4
* Japanese local places flashcards download here
** Travel agent worksheets download here
I decided to focus part 1 on local places in Japan. I'm not sure 6th grade Japanese pupils have huge desires to go abroad but I can't be so sure. They certainly were all familiar with Tokyo Disneyland and Mount Fuji so I started them on this practicing "where do you want to go?" and "I want to go to...Tokyo Disneyland"
Then we moved onto countries in part 2, just learning names and what pupils associate with the country (without wanting to reinforce stereotypes but I really couldn't think of any other major things other than soccer and pizza famous in Italy. They wouldn't know the leaning tower)
Part 3 we played the travel agent game with fake English money. This has to be the first time I've seen my 6th grade class get excited about anything. They simply LOVED the role playing and I had them bargaining (in English) for a good travel deal which they really enjoyed and of course the fake money went down a storm.
Part 4 I had them do an interview game (although I didn't originally plan this, another teacher's idea) but it worked well to practice the language. For other classes I reverted to Eigo Note's idea of making presentations which also worked well (esp for the pupils who really couldn't get to grips with asking the question "where do you want to go?"
Let me know how your lessons on this go!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Not only does it look strange but natto has a really acquired taste. Some people say it tastes like a strong cheese, I think it’s more like smelly socks. I guess it’s the equivalent of marmite, you either love it or hate it. I’m afraid I fall into the latter category.
You can’t come to Japan without at least giving it a try. The most likely place you'll find it is a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn) but I also know that any Japanese Denny's serve it up for breakfast too.
Try it and let me know what you think…!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Stage for the wedding overlooking the sea
Shinto priest conducting the wedding ceremony
Me and my rice sickle
Rice crop drying racks
Owners name on post therefore his row of rice crop
After cutting we were all given a free lunch of rice balls and pork stew, yum. After a quick TV interview (only ones proficient in Japanese, i.e not me) I set off home. Fab day and well worth the early start.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Thinking I may have committed myself to a day up a ladder doing a days hard labour, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was a mystery apple and pear "tasting" tour, phew, big relief!
Met Yoko et al at 6.45am at Kanazawa station which nearly killed me especially the FIRST day of silver week (a 4 day holiday in Japan) I've discovered that the Japanese really don't do relaxing that well. If this was England on the first day of a public holiday at this time in the morning it'd be a ghost town. Nope the station was packed, coaches lined up ready to take eager Japanese tourists on their day trips. One of the coaches was ours. I hadn't realised our group was part of a larger coach tour with our own compère and everything, but I was up for it. Me and mum had seen so many coach tours on our travels around Japan I was intrigued to see what all the fuss was about. Little did I know that we were about to cover half of Chubu in a day!
Huge Japanese grapes, Kyohō budō (wow, is my thumb really that wrinkly?)
After a delicious nabe lunch we eventually reached the apple and pear picking farm in Matsukawa, a beautiful place surrounded by mountains. The picking (really tasting) went like this: we entered the apple orchard to an area where there were apples & pears wrapped up in paper but still hanging off the trees, weird!
We were allowed to pick 1 apple and 1 pear. Once picked, you then go to one of the little tables to wash, peel, cut and taste the apple not forgetting to remark "oishieeeeeeeee" (delicious) in a high pitched voice with plenty of enthusiasm! That's the Japanese way of apple picking!
We boarded the bus and were given omiyage (souvenir or gift) of a Nagano pear and apple each.
When we got off the bus again near Ida City it was to visit a mizuhiki gallery. Mizuhiki is an ancient art craft which uses a brightly coloured cord to knot and create decorative shapes and animals. Apparently the artform was used to tie up the hair of the samurai. In Japan you see mizuhiki on wedding money envelopes everywhere. This gallery had some pretty stunning and huge animals crafted solely from this cord. Amazing.
Before climbing onboard the coach it was time for the "who can grab the most chestnuts with one hand" competition. Yep, we all queued up to see how many chestnuts we could grab from a box full of chestnuts. I got 11. Very bizzare but then this is Japan and the Japanese seem to make the simplest of ideas so much fun.
Chesnut grabbing contest...so random!
Back on the bus heading home our compère announced it was Bingo time, woop woop. Haven't played for years and the prize was a free coach trip to Kobe. Ace! Once we all had a bingo card they pulled down the TV and this squeaky little Japanese voice read out the numbers, hilarious.
I didn't win but one of Yoko's colleagues did.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
OK it has been a while since I taught this first section (Lesson 1) of Eigo Note. This section covers greetings in different languages (not just English) The pupils did enjoy learning how different cultures greet each other and couldn't believe that it's totally normal in France to kiss each other on the cheek when you greet.
I remember using the first lesson to do my self-introduction. See that lesson plan here.
I'm afraid I've lost the last lesson plan for this section. I'm sure I was probably covering page 4 & 5 of Eigo Note and more of greetings. Anyway here are my lesson plans for Lesson 1 that I do have!
Grade 5 Lesson Eigo Note Lesson 1- (5.2) Alphabet practice (in prep for lesson 5.3)
Grade 5 Lesson Eigo Note Lesson 1- (5.3) Hello/Bonjour, Greetings (making bookmarks)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Having watched them preparing, seeding, watering and tendering the fields I felt a pinch of sadness seeing the golden crops get the chop and the little fields look so bare! Maybe they’ll plant something else on them. I hope so, I’ll miss my daily walk mentally checking their progress.
After the rice crop has been cut the little farmer brings his little tractor with his little trailer and takes the corn to the little barn where it is dried out