Wednesday, August 23, 2006

TEACHING JAPANESE TO A GROUP OF FUTURE DOCTORS

Am currently hosting 22 students from a university in China that has an exchange agreement with our university.

All future doctors... young, and all bright-eyed...

However, I had to crack my head on how to conduct an interesting-enough Japanese class for them...

Their foreign language skills lie in the English realm... so, their Japanese Language level is so-so...

Just before classes began, it hit me... why not use a song?

So, yesterday, yours truly had the first experience ever, to teach Japanese Language through a song...

It turned out to be quite fun...

The choice of song... My Grandfather's Clock... Japanese version...

Incidentally, in the original English version, written by American Henry Clay Work in 1876, the clock stood for 90 years before it conked out with the owner...

However, in the Japanese version, the clock's life span extended to 100 years...

Hmmm...

The Japanese (world's longest) life span effect even spills over onto lyrics...