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06:01 pm: Show and tell
Today I introduced the first of the three major speaking activities to my third-year students: show and tell. (They hadn't ever heard of it before.) After I did my little demonstration (showing some potholders I had crocheted), we started the textbook. (Note: This textbook is about 1/4 inch thick, and they only did half of it last year. We'll be doing the second half this year.) The chapter happened to be about health and diet, so my team teacher (as a sort of intro) turned to me and brought up that I'm vegetarian. After my quick explanation, she said, "I could never be vegetarian. I love steak."

I added, as an afterthought, "You know, in America you can buy food that tastes like meat but is made of vegetables." She was rather taken by surprise and asked for clarification. "For example, you can get chicken nuggets that have no chicken in them, just soybeans."

The whole class was flabbergasted. "What?! Soybeans? No way!" I was soon asked to bring some in for "show and tell" again the next time we meet.

One of the new teachers came up to talk to me today in preparation for our first class together next week. I will have the Listening class with him. I explained to him up front the problems that I noticed in the class last time (students napping, fixing makeup, chatting, etc.) and recommended that we A) add activities that aren't from the textbook for the sake of variety and B) add "participation" to the students' grade.

We brainstormed for a while about what kind of listening activities we could do outside of the textbook. Eventually he asked, "Can we use movies or DVDs?"

Me: We can...but I don't have any...

[Okay, technically my parents brought me some, but they're all region 1, and I think unsubtitled Galaxy Rangers would go over their heads anyway.]

Teacher: It's just that I really like Star Trek, and I want to use it in the lesson somehow...

Me: Ah, this year is looking better already. That's a good idea.

Whether we actually find a way to work it into the class or not I don't know. We'll see.

The English club students went bonkers over filming their promo video after school. They had us doing all kinds of things, like entering the room dancing and collapsing in a fit of giggles while watching The Simpsons. (They're trying to emphasize the "freedom" of the English club--you can do whatever you want!)

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From:megory
Date:April 14th, 2005 03:32 am (UTC)

I love it!

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Wow! A teacher's dream! Yesterday students protesting for more class, today students into the new "show and tell" activity, and asking to see vegetarian food that tastes like meat! Then lesson plans that can include Star Trek! And the English club really into promoting itself! I'm not sure it gets much better than that!

You probably don't have a machine that plays region 1 materials, do you?. Or can you at least view them at your own home? We forgot to ask.

What a great start to the new school year!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 14th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)

Re: I love it!

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And the English club really into promoting itself!

That's the part I found really amusing. Ordinarily, when I ask "What do you want to do?" they have no clue. But they were really into making this video. (No doubt because it was an excuse to get the teachers to do silly things.)

You probably don't have a machine that plays region 1 materials, do you?. Or can you at least view them at your own home?

The school doesn't, but my laptop can play them. No problem!
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From:megory
Date:April 14th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)

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No doubt because it was an excuse to get the teachers to do silly things.

That's always fun. How nice to be able to start off with relationships on the human level.

...my laptop can play them. No problem!
Whew! I'm glad to hear that.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:April 14th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
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I was soon asked to bring some in for "show and tell" again the next time we meet.
That is SO adorable.

It's just that I really like Star Trek, and I want to use it in the lesson somehow...
Hee! That's great. I hope you actually get to do that. (Now I'm wondering what Technobabble sounds like in Japanese...)
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From:firesign10
Date:April 14th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
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Teacher: It's just that I really like Star Trek, and I want to use it in the lesson somehow...

That's great! That will make it fun (although I'm with wednesday_10_00 that it should be interesting to hear stuff about the dilithium crystals and anti-matter in Japanese....)

And hey, what student doesn't enjoy seeing their teachers act goofy!

Sounds like a more promising start to classes, especially after the recent upheavals!
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:April 14th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC)
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it should be interesting to hear stuff about the dilithium crystals and anti-matter in Japanese....

Thanks to G-Defend, I already know the Japanese for holographic projection, android, homing beacon and remote control!

Or I would if I bothered to memorize those words.

Actually, if G-Defend is any guide, I'll bet they just put half the technobabble into katakana. "Cap'n, the DAIORUSHION KURISUTOO canna take much more o' this!!"

(Man, do I ever need a geek icon.)
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From:mvrdrk
Date:April 14th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
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Your Japanese students crack me up. It's not like there aren't vegetarians in Japan and it's not like there isn't soy based foods that look like meat in Japan either. All they have to do is check out some of the Buddhist stuff.

My kids had a teacher that would pace around the room and throw things at them when he asked them a question. Mini-erasers, wrapped candies, etc. It kept them all awake and paying attention. I don't remember if he threw them something for a correct answer or if he threw things at them as a way of choosing a victim for his question. I can imagine getting bonked with an eraser rather than being alert enough to catch it would take some time to live down amongst fellow students.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 14th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
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It's not like there aren't vegetarians in Japan and it's not like there isn't soy based foods that look like meat in Japan either. All they have to do is check out some of the Buddhist stuff.

That's just it--no one ever thinks of it because it's Buddhist stuff. They file it away in their heads as "something they do at temples" and never connect it with everyday life. Japanese tourists will pay big bucks to have shoujin ryouri at a temple, and yet it still stuns them every time they hear about someone (who's not a monk) not eating meat.
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