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Beginner Japanese [in Minecraft]

I am currently undertaking a PhD in education, and my research is centred around how virtual worlds may be appropriated for language learning. What I am offering is the opportunity to learn and study in a 3D environment with other students. The environment will be Minecraft! I plan to live stream lessons on twitch.tv and then upload them to YouTube for reference.

Reasons for choosing Minecraft:

  1. It allows for experiential learning. Instead of just talking about the language, you will have the opportunity to practice the language in an authentic way.
  2. The virtual environment is a persistent environment meaning that you can log in at anytime and practice. I recommend spending time on there outside of lessons.
  3. Minecraft is perfect for this as we can create lessons and activities easily. It's a fun game too! :)

The course will be approximately 15 weeks long and we will cover the majority of the Genki I textbook in that time.

Things to do before classes

YouTube playlist of ALL lessons

Lectures
  1. Lesson 1: Teacher Introduction, Q&A, Reddit town development

    Contents of this class:

    • I will introduce a little about my experiences, teaching methodology, and expectations.

    As I have said, this project ties in with my PhD in education. Although it is not 100% compulsory, I'd really like to know a few things about the people joining this class. If you could take a minute or two to complete these simple surveys, I'd be eternally grateful.

    Japanese & Gaming Experience || Current vocabulary level

    All results are anonymous, but if you input your username for the vocabulary survey, I can tell you how many words you have learnt at the end of the course!

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    *Lesson Notes

    *Lesson Video

    • Lesson 2: Colours, greetings and

      Useful expressions & websites

      • jisho.org for kanji look up, word look up, etc.
      • yahoo jiten for a nice JP<>JP dic and a decent JP<>EN dic with example sentences.
      • alc.co.jp for real-life example sentences.

      Colours [JP1.2]

      • XはYです (リンゴは赤いです)
      • Bingo

      Greetings

      Including simple morning, evening, night, meal times, and apologising [JP1.3]

      Homework

      Learn the カタカナ: Link to memrise || Link to Real Kana

      • Lesson 3: Self-introductions and Demonstrative pronouns

        Self Introductions [JP2.2]

        Expressions covered:

        • 私の名前は<name>です。
        • <place>にすんでいます。
        • <item>が好きです。
        • <item>が好きじゃないです。
        • <job>です。

        This, that, that over there [JP2.3]

        • これ、それ、あれ、どれ
        • この、その、あの、どの
        • ここ、そこ、あそこ、どこ

        Homework

        • Face building at /warp players
        • Build and label a house for [JP3.1] test!

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        • Lesson 4: Pronouns, questions, and Shopping role-play

          Expressions covered:

          • <item>はどれですか。
          • <item>はどこにありますか。
          • これは何ですか。
          • どの<item>が<characteristic>ですか。

          is the particle used to mark an unknown subject. An easy way to remember this is that, が follows directly after question words (when they are the subject).

          is used as a pointer to where an object exists and often follows words related to a specific place i.e. ここ、そこ、あそこ、どこ.

          Shopping

          General expressions:

          *<item>は、ありますか。 *<item>は、いくらですか。 *<item>を探していますが、 *<item>を<number>ください。

          More expressions and words were learned as a part of this activity, based on what the student bought and what they did.

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          Lesson 4 Video

          • Lesson 5: Verbs!!

            What we did in class:

            1. Learnt some common "Minecraft" verbs.

            2. Went into the wild and survived a full day.

            3. Wrote a diary of what we did during the day.

            4. Talked about what we did as a group.

            5. Learnt how to make verbs polite with ます and ません.

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            Lesson 5 Video

            • Lesson 6: Prepositions

              The main objective of this class is to learn prepositions in Japanese. Words like:

              • On うえ
              • Under した
              • Right みぎ
              • Left ひだり

              We also expand on the sentence:

              [place]に[object]があります。 Ex: そこに作業台があります。

              Into something like:

              青いブロックの上にピンクのブロックがあります。

              As you can see, this is the same structure as [place]に[object]があります but we have added a preposition.

              Around all of the prepositions we use in this clas, there is の before and に afterwards. So taking --> 青いブロックの右に, if we read this backwards we have: to the right of the blue block.

              • に -> to

              • みぎ -> [the] right

              • の -> of

              • 青いブロック -> [the] blue block

              Activity

              The main activity of this class was the /warp training activity which can be completed in pairs.

              MISSED THE CLASS?

              Class video for grammar explanations and activity highlights.

              • Lesson 7: Past Tense

                In this class we learn how to conjugate Japanese verbs into the past form:

                ☆ for polite past tense, we just have to change the 〜ます ending to 〜ました.

                ☆ for plain past tense, we have to pay attention to whether the verb is ichi-dan or go-dan.

                For ichi-dan verbs this is simple. Remove the る and add a た to make the past form. Example: 食べる changes to 食べた

                For go-dan verbs, the last hiragana determines how the verb conjugates to the past form (as you may remember when making ます form for these verbs). Here is a list of verbs and how they change to the plain past form

                Homework is:

                ☆ Look over the first floor of /warp jp4 to learn Japanese counters

                ☆ Write a journal on the forum (http://www.kotobaminers.org)

                ☆ Have a go at Kai's "Build Mission" activity with a partner (/bm join)

                ☆ Join the Saturday morning class!

                Missed the class?

                Lesson 7 Video

                • Lesson 8: Describing things with adjectives

                  In this class we practice the past form and learn about adjectives:

                  Click for a review of making the past tense

                  ☆ There are two types of adjective. い-adjectives and な-adjectives. We show how to conjugate both of these in class. Here is a great supplementary guide

                  Homework is:

                  ☆ Look over the first floor of /warp jp4 to learn Japanese counters

                  ☆ Write a journal on the forum (http://www.kotobaminers.org)

                  ☆ Have a go at Kai's "Build Mission" activity with a partner (/bm join)

                  ☆ Join the Saturday morning class!

                  Lesson 8 Video

                  • Lesson 9: Talking about our week (Negative past tense verbs)

                    In this class we learn how to conjugate verbs into their negative form and talk about the things we did during the previous week.

                    Click for a review of making the past tense

                    How to make verbs negative

                    ☆ Past tense for negative verbs: VERY EASY: just replace the final い with かった

                    飲まない becomes 飲まなかった

                    Homework is:

                    ☆ Write a journal on the forum (http://www.kotobaminers.org)

                    ☆ try /warp pasttensequiz with a friend

                    ☆ Practice verb conjugations with /warp verbtests

                    Lesson 9 video

                    • Lesson 10: Directions around town

                      In this class we learn how to direct someone around town in Japanese. A simple "駅はどこですか。" would suffice as a question to get this activity started.

                      ☆ We also talk about the て-form briefly in this class. For a more formal introduction, please see this site.

                      Homework is:

                      ☆ Direct another player to your house from the town spawn.

                      ☆ Try cheapsh0t's 宝探し(たからさがし) challenge!

                      ☆ Create your own 宝探し!

                      Lesson 10 Video

                      Prerequisites
                      • An interest in Japanese!
                      • The ability to type in Japanese on your computer. Guides: Windows | Mac
                      • A Minecraft account. BUT if you don't have an account and still want to join, please PM me. I have a few accounts that I can lend out.
                      • TeamSpeak for joining in! (Or at least listening if you are shy.)
                      Syllabus

                      Can be found here

                      Each lesson will be taught 4 times a week:

                      Additional information
                      Teacher qualifications
                      • I live and work in Japan.
                      • I have been a teacher (of English) for the past 8 years
                      • Passed the JLPT1 after only 3 years of study
                      • I have been teaching parts of this course regularly for the past six months.
                      • I own the Minecraft server
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                      "Hi all!

                      If you have attended a class in the past, but don't anymore, I'd really like to hear from you. I will be restarting this course in January and this time, I want to make it a success. You feedback is very important in improving the course.

                      Please spare me a few minutes, and I'll be eternally grateful!

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