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06:17 am: Next week: munchkins
I finished my first week of giving introductory lessons, and it appears to have gone well. The English Battleship game, I'm told, was given good reviews by the students. Next week I'll be teaching special summer lessons at the elementary school and kindergarten. The elementary classes are apparently 1 1/2 hours long. Now, to me, that sounds like a very long time for elementary students, but I imagine it will be broken up into lots of different games. I'm not sure of their level, though I've been told "some know the alphabet but some don't," so I guess I'll have to work with that. At least my Japanese team teacher reportedly has experience teaching that age group.

On my cell phone, I've learned how to write messages (quite a complicated process, when you must choose among hiragana, katakana, the Roman alphabet, full-size or half-size characters, numbers, symbols, and icons, not to mention the task of converting hiragana into kanji), take pictures, and download melodies. I have read about functions such as using it as a calendar/appointment book, composing music, and reading bar codes, though I haven't tried any of those. I've been reading the manuals and service guidebooks for about two days straight now, and I'm getting close to finishing...



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Date:August 20th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC)
An hour and a half is VERY long for munchkins indeed. But broken up, yeah, it can work well. Think "Day Camp". :-)

I'm still greatly enjoying all your posts.
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Date:August 21st, 2004 04:18 am (UTC)
Thank you. ^_^ I'm much more likely to keep current with entries when I know there's actually someone reading them. (My last trip to Japan as an ALT I started a paper journal, but that didn't last very long...)
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