水曜日 すいようび

Culture Discussion Day

今日は水曜日です。

  • Today you will complete your Culture Discussion and submit 2 comments on others' posts.
  • Don't forget about coaching! Mon/Wed coaching students will go to coaching today.
  • Keep working on L3 vocabulary and grammar. Check out the video posted in today's announcements for help.
  • It's a good day to start thinking about your Mid Term Project. Details below!

Culture Discussion Day

  • Post your Lesson 3 Cultural Discussion Post today.
  • Always carefully review the Discussion Rubric and criteria on the page before and after writing your post - this is the criteria I use to determine your grade on the assignment. Be sure your post adequately covers all of the criteria.
  • 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.
  • Your facts will come from the list provided in the Culture Discussion, so no need to cite your sources this week. :)

More About School Life in Japan

We're focusing on the similarities and differences between secondary schools in Japan vs. those in the US again this week for our culture discussion.


For this week, you'll look at a long list of interesting facts about Japanese schools. You'll pick 2 facts from this list and compare those with your experiences with those facets of school life in the US. We focused more on secondary schools in Japan last week, but this week we're expanding out to elementary school and even the teachers and school staff. There is a link below from Wikipedia that talks about elementary schools in Japan if you'd like to learn more about them. This is optional and is not required reading.


Please carefully read all of the directions so you can get full credit for your assignment. Rubrics are your friends! :) がんばってください。

Click Here for More About Elementary School in Japan

(Clicking this link is optional and is not required reading for this course!)

Keep working on Lesson 3 Materials

Even though the culture discussion is done in English, make sure you spend some time using your new Japanese today. Please watch this week's video with Sakura and Daichi to help you master your new vocabulary and grammar. You'll be submitting your speaking assignment tomorrow so listening to the video dialogue will help!

Culture Discussion Superstars!

Take a look at some of this great feedback left on last week's culture discussion about schools in Japan:


From Jordan D.: I agree I think it's more logical for teachers to move around rather than the students and wouldn't mind seeing that in our schools. I also like how the students are taken more seriously and seen as more responsible, considering I am now at a school that gives student more responsibility it's nice and all schools should do this.


From Joseph B.: You don't have two hours of free time in your day? that sounds unpleasant and I am sorry. I also both agree and disagree with you with your thoughts on the number of clubs, yes some clubs add stress and some require more dedication, but depending on circumstances multiple is a good thing. Some variables could be time between meetings, the kind of club (whether its something with a lot of thought like debate, or fun like improv), and whether or not being in said club is good for college. Just something to think on. (=


These comments are great because they are engaging, add to the conversation and promote further discussion. Great work you two!!

Mid Term Project

Japanese 2 has no Mid Term Exam, but we do have a Mid Term Project. Today would be a great day to start looking at this.


  • You can find all of the information about your Mid Term Project by going to the Course Projects link on your left hand navigational toolbar in Blackboard.
  • You will need to create a multimedia presentation that covers the course material in lessons 1 - 7 with one slide per lesson.
  • Each slide will include 4 sentences demonstrating your knowledge of the use of the grammar and vocabulary learned in each lesson.
  • Type each of your 4 sentences on the slide. No English or Romaji can be used in any part of the project.
  • Record yourself saying each sentence you wrote.
  • Include an image that goes along with what you're talking about on the slide.

Your Mid Term Project is due on March 17, 2016. Please plan accordingly!

Tweet/Text Me Tuesday

Sending shout outs to Abigail N., Hannah G. and Jessica A. for participating in yesterday's Tweet/Text me Tuesday and earning a bonus point! よくできました。^_^

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