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ERIC Number: ED532622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-8920-4711-X
A Thematic Unit: Let's Go to School in Japan!
Haxhi, Jessica
National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center
During this five-day unit, students will enter the world of a Japanese classroom. They will talk about school uniforms, "fill" their backpacks with school items, and learn how to do a simple self-introduction in front of their peers. Students will participate in the cultural customs of a Japanese classroom and view pictures, videos, and commercials that illustrate Japanese school life. For an interpretive assessment, students will listen to a description of the items in a particular backpack and choose the matching backpack from a variety of choices. For an interpersonal assessment, students will participate in an oral question and answer game in which they have to make sure they have everything in their respective backpacks or go get it from the "teacher" (another student). Finally, students will introduce themselves using a standard Japanese presentation format, saying a greeting, their names, grade level, and "nice to meet you." This will function as a presentational assessment in this short unit. Through the context of meaningful and engaging activities, carefully scaffolded lessons, and lots of comprehensible input, students will have many opportunities for success with the language in this short period of time. [Funding for this paper was provided by the National Security Agency.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Japan