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Comprehensive Japanese Language/Culture Lower Elem. Class 3 Pt 2 (Age 13-18)
Learn Japanese Through Culture V: Enjoying Media in Japan
In this 8-week class, students learn about Japanese entertainment in Japan while also learning how to use Japanese vocabulary and grammar to express themselves and their opinions about anime, manga, music, movies, books, etc.
Jennifer M. Yoo
94 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 13 learners
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$10 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 8 weeks
75 minutes per class
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As a language is so heavily informed by that country's culture, the goal of this class is to provide cultural context that is both interesting and helpful to students developing a better understanding of Japanese. Being able to read/write Hiragana/Katakana/Kanji characters is not required but an understanding of at least a basic level of Japanese grammar and/or vocabulary is recommended in order to get the most out of this class. As the theme of this 8-week course is popular culture in...
Upon completing this class, students will have: - Learned more about popular entertainment in Japan, what TV, movies, music is like, etc. - Learned vocabulary related to Japanese popular culture, and its meaning. - Practiced listening and speaking of Japanese in situational conversations (talking about one's likes/dislikes/favorites and why, talking about what something is about, describing/giving impressions using adjectives, giving suggestions/recommendations, etc.). - Practiced expressing their opinions in Japanese, why they recommend and why, presenting their review of a chosen title/work in Japanese.
I have studied Japanese for more than 12 years and am fluent in the language. I also am experienced in tutoring middle school, high school, as well as college students in Japanese and I have lived accumulatively in Japan for about 5 years. In terms of knowledge of Japanese entertainment, aside from what I have l learned simply from living in the country itself, going to movies and watching TV, etc. I have been a longtime fan of Japanese entertainment, especially anime and Japanese movies/TV, for more than 15 years.
As the focus during classtime will be on Japanese listening and speaking, after each meeting a "follow-up worksheet" will be posted in the Classroom for students to use to help both review material that was covered and prepare for the following week. For their final assignment, students will be asked to choose a film, TV series, anime/manga, book, musical artist/song, etc. and write a review in Japanese to recommend that chosen work. Students will also be asked to have something visual to show to class while they share their review. This can be made by hand or digitally (using pictures found on the internet, etc). Guidelines for how to complete this final project will be made available to students in the Classroom. Students are encouraged but are not required to present these final assignments in class.
All audiovisual material for class (sound/video/image) will be provided as part of PowerPoint presentations (or similar) displayed for students through use of screen share on Zoom. Students may want to have a notebook and pen/pencil to take notes in class. All "follow-up worksheets" and class supporting materials (i.e. vocabulary lists) will be provided to students by the teacher in the Classroom. For their final project, students will be asked to provide some visuals to show to the class while they present their review. This can be drawn, made digitally on the computer using pictures found on the internet, etc. however the supplies needed to complete the visual part of this final project will vary accordingly.
There will be a quiz game covering all the content in this 8-week class to test how much students can recall in the final meeting for the class. Grades are not given for this class but a written report/assessment on the student’s performance can be provided upon request.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
When talking about genre for movies/film and TV, we will end up talking a little about action/violence, as it relates to genres such as samurai/historical/war, horror, etc., however nothing graphic will be shown in class.
Jennifer M. Yoo
PhD, University Lecturer and Experienced Teacher in Japanese Studies
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
94 total reviews
87 completed classes
STATUS UPDATE Currently, I am only teaching for Outschool part-time as I am also working as a lecturer in Japanese culture, film, and literature at Tufts University, as well as a lecturer in theatre arts at MIT. Due to my university teaching...