The Austin Japanese Culture and Language Meetup Group Message Board › 頑張れ！Study Group ideas - Please help! :)
San Antonio, TX
In effort to put together a study group that's a little different (than typical book-based study groups), I've come up with a list of ideas of projects that we can do in Japanese. Some of these can be done in one sitting, some take a few sessions to complete. All in all, it's really up to us. Please let me know what you think!
I also would really like to create a website that we can regularly update with our project results and what we're learning in our study/project sessions. Anyway, here are some ideas:
• Create a slideshow with accompanying dialogue/explanations
• Analyze, then memorize song lyrics and make a music video (or part of one)
• Analyze Japanese news headlines, and write a short news article
• Write a Dear Abby column
• Do a brief news show - it could have a weather report, astrology, sports, whatever
• Debate teams!
• book club (short story club; reading club) - this could be a side project, even
• occasional "vocabulary bubbles" sessions; For example, everyone groups up and each group is given one kanji. Using dictionaries and such, each group finds interesting and useful words, etc., that can be made with that kanji and in turn presents the findings to the rest of the class.
• Austin highlights - tourism article or video show
• analyze a short section of a movie, learn the lines, act it out and film it
• listen/watch part of an unknown movie, stop it, and make up the next part
• news snippets of Japan for both the news itself and the language boost (native news or NHK's easy news)
• a pretend election - who's going to be president? will there be a debate? reporters?
• come up with an interesting product and create a fake ad to sell it
• Japanese game session (I have Japanese Monopoly and a Chinese MahJong set)
• the game Diplomacy in Japanese outside of class and over time
• grammar auction http://esl.about.com/...
• create a telemarketing skit, record the audio, experiment with voices/characters
• create a telephone skit where someone keeps getting the wrong number
• create an interview skit where the interviewee speaks only lowbrow Japanese, and so has a translator with him/her that changes everything into keigo
• watch the very final scene of an unknown movie, and discuss probabilities of the movie contents
• write a 5 minute play, learn it, act it out, film it
• watch a short piece of a drama or movie with the sound off, create our own dialogue
• take a bunch of random pictures from magazines, choose a grammar point, and make a story
• analyze a clip of Japanese history, a person, a song, an event…
• hello haiku
• create a brief instruction "manual" for something, complete with warnings; others guess the item
• create a package to send to Oita 「大分市」, Austin's sister city in Japan
• team penpal(s)? - we can write to penpals in groups, maybe even show them our projects
We can also make a "tradition" where each session begins with each member introducing an interesting word, phrase, or piece of grammar (in brief) to the rest of the team. For example, in a recent meetup, Karen used the word いちじるしい which is an いちじるしい word that means marvelous, remarkable, considerable.... pretty ichijirushii, right? :) Or how about たなにあげる (to "shelve" something, or to be blind to one's shortcomings)？ Or じろじろみる (to check out (a cute girl/guy))？
And we need a team name! That could be the website name, as well.