〜らしい事 / Typical Things - Japanese, Intermediate Mid

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〜らしい事 / Typical Things - Japanese, Intermediate Mid

Description:

In this activity, students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast U.S. and Japanese culture. Students will also explain what is typical at their university. Students will learn about daily life for Japanese students and will learn to express their own culture in the target language. 

Proficiency Level:

 Intermediate Mid

Keywords:

Japan, Japanese, Nakama 2, Chapter 8, typical things, likes, dislikes

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards

  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions. 
  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken Japanese on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of Japanese culture.

Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions. 
  • COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • CLTR 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
  • CLTR 1.2: Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can compare and contrast what is considered typical in the U.S. and Japan
  • I can explain what I like and dislike
  • I can describe my own and other cultures in the target language

Materials Needed:

  • Computer and/or projector to display slides
  • Marker and whiteboard to write answers
  • Google Slides

Warm-up

1. Display the "Google Slides" and begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity.

"こんにちは。今日の Can-Do Statementsは..."

2.  Students will explain what a "typical" BSU student is or does. There are six categories. Each category has an example response. I suggest writing on the whiteboard the students' answers.

“BSUらしい事を言ってもらいます。6つカテゴリーがあります。例えばBSUの学生らしい学生はスケートボードに乗っています。

“Tell me what BSU is like. There are six categories. For example, BSU students seem to like using skateboards.”

If students need some assistance getting the discussion going, use the questions below: 

BSUの学生らしい洋服は何ですか?

What are BSU student's clothes like?

BSUの学生らしい週末の過ごし方は何ですか?

How do you spend your weekends as a BSU student?

BSUらしい食べ物(レストラン)は何ですか(どこですか)?

What is the food like at BSU? 

BSUらしい勉強する場所はどこですか?

Where do you study at BSU? 

BSUらしい授業のある建物はどこですか?

What building(s) do you have classes in? 

Main Activity

1. Students will now compare things from the U.S. and Japan. They will list typical Japanese and American things such as cars, food, animals, etc. Like the warm-up, I suggest writing the students' answers on the whiteboard. After each slide, there are sample answers for Japan since most students should know the U.S. side.

“アメリカと日本らしい物を比べます。車、食べ物、動物、音楽、社会と文化を比べてもらいます。

“Compare American and Japanese things. Compare cars, food, animals, music, society and culture.”

3. Use this model for an example:
        1. Car
            1. アメリカの車:大きい、トラック、クライスラー

            2. 日本の車:小さい、ホンダ、スバル

Wrap-up

Ask some of the following questions to finish the lab: 

1. どんな車が好き(嫌い)ですか?

What kind of car do you like/dislike? 


2. どんな音楽が好き(嫌い)ですか?

What kind of music do you like/dislike? 


3. どんな動物が好き(嫌い)ですか?

What kind of animals do you like/dislike? 


4. どんな食べ物が好き(嫌い)ですか?

What food do you like/dislike? 

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can compare and contrast what is considered typical in the U.S. and Japan
  • I can explain what I like and dislike
  • I can describe my own and other cultures in the target language

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