Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Cozy Enrique NAKADA (Koji NAKADA)

Day and Date: 3rd week (12th Sept to 17th Sept 2021)

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):  Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:  

Goal of the class:

Lesson 5.1 (On 14th)

Students learned the concept of 継承語(Heritage Language by listening to lecturer’s family history and feelings to his languages. Also they gained new vocabularies by the handouts.

Students talked with partner about what they feel about their heritage languages. If they do not have one, they can talk about family history and differences of parents’ languages. (Including regional differences within US)

Lesson 5.2 (On 16th)

Students gave presentations on their heritage language, family history, current feelings to their heritage languages.

How did you structure the class?

14th Sept 2021


Introduction of the concept 継承語


Listening to lecturer’s family history

            With handouts


 Talk with partner(s)


 Start preparing for presentation next week

(21st September)


 Reflections, writing phrases you want to know

17:30 end

16th Sept 2021


 Check in, adding a little bit more information

Watching a youtube video related to heritage languages


Presentation time





What technology, media or props did you use? (online ressources, handouts, etc.)

Handouts (Attached below) , Google maps, website

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

Lesson 5.1

Worked well

I got several positive feedbacks.

“I again liked how much freedom and individuality we were able to have in class today. ”

“Learning more vocabulary terms about heritage language. “

“いい会話だった…この難しいことの話しをできて嬉しい It was great conversation class. I’m glad to be able to talk this difficult topic.”

“It was fun listening to my partner talk about her family!”

Did not work

Nothing special

Lesson 5.2

Worked well

I got several positive feedbacks.

“I really enjoyed listening to everyone’s presentations and learning new vocabulary/phrases associated with the topics. ”

“I really enjoyed listening to everyone’s presentations.”

“I loved thinking about my roots and look forward to hearing other people’s.”

Did not work

“中級会話の方が私に当てるかなと思いますが I might be fit in intermediate class.”

How could this class be improved/ modified?

There was a student, expressing she was kind of overwhelmed by other students’ fluency in Japanese. Most of the students really love giving presentations, but maybe I have to choose easier topics for this student so that she can feel safe.

On the 16th, students were very excited and passionate on giving presentation about their heritage languages, so there were several students still not be able to finish their presentations.

They will give one on next Tuesday. (21st Sept 2021)