すいようび - Wednesday

Culture Discussion Day!

TONIGHT!! COLLABORATE WITH SENSEI ON YOUR EOC PROJECT!

I am hosting a live session on Blackboard Collaborate TONIGHT from 7:30PM - 8:30PM!


During this time you will be able to bring questions and get assistance on your end of course project. If you still have a lot left to do on your EOC project, I strongly recommend coming to this session for help!


Your score on the entire EOC project will have a huge impact on your final grade. There is still time to work on your project and earn a good score if you take the initiative to work on your project and help yourself by attending this help session. Turning in a good End of Course project gives your grade a major upward boost. Not submitting an End of Course Project or an incomplete one will hurt your overall grade.


For those of you with Wednesday night coaching: If your coaching sessions ends at 7:45, I suggest coming right after coaching ends. if your coaching session begins at 8, you can leave the live session early to attend your coaching session.


To attend this session, simply go to the Your Coach link and click the link that will allow you to enter Sarah Boutin's Collaborate Classroom instead of clicking the one you normally click for your coach. (It's down at the very bottom so you have to scroll down a bit.)

Submit Lesson 13 Culture Discussion + 2 Comments Today

  • Post your Lesson 13 Cultural Discussion Post today
  • Always carefully review the Discussion Rubric and criteria on the page before and after writing your post - this list what criteria I will use to determine your grade on the assignment. Be sure your post adequately covers all of the criteria.
  • Posts should be at least 2-3 paragraphs long with around 4-6 sentences in each paragraph.
  • Remember that you must submit 2 comments to your classmates' posts to get full credit!
  • Response posts should be thoughtful, at least 2 sentences, and must add to and/or promote further discussion.

Remember to Cite Your Sources! I hate having to deduct points for this. :(

カラオケ

Karaoke is huge in Japan, and when visiting Japan, a trip to a karaoke establishment is an absolute must do activity *cough* Japan Travel Brochure Topic *cough* regardless of how well you can or cannot sing.


You may have experienced going to karaoke in the United States. My first experience with karaoke actually happened in Niagara Falls, Canada when I was 15. My parents and I went to a restaurant to get a late night bite to eat where patrons were signing karaoke (badly) in front of the entire crowd on a system that seemed to be from the '80s with poor sound quality. These are common karaoke experiences in North America and can be unpleasant depending on the singer. ;)


The experience of karaoke in Japan (and many other parts of Asia) is very different. While there are still karaoke establishments that operate like those in North America, most of the karaoke establishments put together a fun experience in a private room reserved for you and your buds. No signing to large groups of 30+ people. The rooms are often super swanky and cozy with fancy multimedia sound systems that provide for a much more entertaining experience. The song catalogs are usually loaded with Japanese songs and songs in other languages like English and Korean.


The best part is that you can order food and drinks to be brought right to the karaoke box you and your friends are renting! Usually when you first go in the attendant working at the main desk will allow you to put in an initial food/drink order, and you can order more food and drinks as you go.


If you're interested in the karaoke experience, check out the link below to learn more about it. This link is optional and not required reading for the course.

Karaoke in Japan

Click the button above to read about what it's like to sing at a karaoke establishment in Japan. This link is optional and is not required.

Linguafolio - Passport and Dossier

Watch the video below for a step by step guide to completing your Linguafolio Passport and Dossier.


Several of you are saying you're not able to update the information with your name, school district, etc. If you cannot fill this in, it's OK to leave this blank.

Lesson 13 Vocabulary Flashcards

Take a look at the Lesson 13 vocabulary flashcards today. Lesson 13 has a lot of grammar and vocabulary - keep studying all week so you're ready for your quiz on Friday.

Tweet/Text Me Tuesday

Kudos to the following students who participated in yesterday's Tweet/Text Me Tuesday and earned a bonus point:


Amaya A's celebrity crush is CNU (Shinwoo) from B1A4: えいがにいきましょうか。 (Shall we go to the movies?)


Vanessa P said she doesn't have any celebrity crushes, but if she did she'd say: ゲームセンターでビデオゲームをしましょか。 (At the arcade, shall we play video games?)


Alexis S' celebrity crush is Tom Hiddleston: どようびはひまですよ。べんごはんをたべましょうか。(I'm free on Saturday, you know. Shall we eat dinner?)


Nice job ladies! :D

Peer Tutoring Center Volunteer Recruitments

The Peer Tutoring Center allows students who are struggling or have questions about their coursework to get assistance from a peer tutor to help them succeed in class. The PTC also has other opportunities you can explore like becoming a virtual buddy to help students manage their schedules or volunteering to assist with marketing and blogging for the PTC. Here is more information on some opportunities available to you as a volunteer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5zy23ai9eo12jin/PTC%20Services--Volunteersv2.doc?dl=0


Not only do you get the benefit of feeling good by helping others, but your service to others will not go unnoticed. Activities like this look great on a college application and a resume!


The PTC is recruiting now through the end of the course for new volunteers. If you feel you have the capacity to volunteer at the Peer Tutoring Center staring next semester (around 5 - 10 hours per week, you set your own hours) I would strongly recommend considering this opportunity and taking the next step to become a peer tutor by contacting sensei with:


1. Your email address where you most frequently check your e-mail and

2. Your phone number


Thank you for considering this opportunity. I look forward to hearing from you!

NCVPS Student Survey

All students need to participate in the NCVPS Student Survey for Japanese 1. Your participation helps us improve the course for future students.


You can take the student survey at: https://ncvps.qualtrics.com/ SE/?SID=SV_4Sm8S6bCovxuuQl


NOTE: IF YOU ARE TAKING MORE THAN ONE COURSE, PLEASE SUBMIT A SURVEY FOR EACH COURSE.
Please provide feedback specific to the course in which you are responding.


Some students have had trouble finding my name on the list of teachers. Here is where you can find it:

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Contact Boutin Sensei

Today's Office Hours: 7 - 9PM - Catch me on BBIM at that time!


I can also be reached by these contacts outside of office hours, and am sometimes on BBIM during the day too.