Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Columbiality by ダイアン、カタリーナ、ルシャン


3 very FINE Ladies by リディア、ジェシカ、オードリー

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


ニューヨークの学生生活(4)by AS


Monday, December 04, 2006


おなかが... by ケイシー、ペイティン、ジュビン

Sunday, December 03, 2006


ニューヨークの学生生活(3)by SMS


Saturday, December 02, 2006


Fried Potatoe by ハイディ、アダム、アマンダ、テドゥ

Friday, December 01, 2006


ニューヨークの学生生活(2)by NB


Thursday, November 30, 2006


残念ですね! by アンドレ、エリック、トレーシー

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


ニューヨークの学生生活(1)by ACA


Tuesday, November 28, 2006


le podcast en japonais by シンシア、ケンジ、テギュ


Monday, November 27, 2006


Your podcasts are now available through iTunes and on the class blog. Please visit the main page for more information:

By the last day of class, Monday, December, 11:
  1. Listen to at least 3 podcasts of your classmates (sec. 2) and 1 podcast of Sato-sensei's class (sec. 5). All podcasts will be posted on this blog, regardless of sections.
  2. Leave comments to the podcasts you listen.
  3. Reply to comments you received.
If you have any questions/technical difficulties, please let me know.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

ポッドキャストプロジェクト: Final Product

The final version of your Podcast is due Wednesday, November 22. Read your classmates' comments and incorporate their suggestions into the final product. Remember that your Podcast is for those who are interested in life of American college students/Columbia students and life in NYC.

If you have any questions, please post them on this blog as a comment. Your classmates probably have similar questions, so let's share them :-)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Evaluation Criteria

Here's the list of things you should check when you evaluate your classmates' Podcast programs. Remember that these are what you think are important to make a good Podcast program!

Evaluation Criteria (Suggested by all of you)

1. Content
- interesting
- informative
- entertaining
- concise
- humorous
- honest
- flow of ideas/organization
- creative
- consistent in its theme or the topic
- begin with a brief introduction
- music; sound effects to lighten the mood
- something unique or 'catchy'

2. Audience
- well-targeted, appealing to the masses
- engaging
- know your audience and cater to them

3. Quality of Recording
- clear pronunciation
- relatively slow
- with tone variation
- easy to understood
- fluent, and easy to understand
- proper words
- grammatically correct script

Friday, October 27, 2006

いいラジオばんぐみ、わるいラジオばんぐみは どんな ばんぐみですか。

Before we start the podcasting project, let's put some ideas together. To do so, please answer to the following questions to this post by 11:00 AM on Monday, Oct. 30. Click on the "Comments" link at the end of this post and post your answers.

  1. What constitutes a "good" (or "bad") podcast (radio program)?
  2. What would you like to know about life at an American university if you were a Japanese student who would listen to your podcast? (or what would you like to know about life at a Japanese university if some Japanese college students were making similar podcasts?)
There will be no in-class quiz on Monday, Oct. 30. Instead, your answers to the two questions above will be counted as quiz (10 pts).



ポッドキャストプロジェクト(Podcasting Project)をしましょう!

Goals: You will have the chance to...
  1. Actively express your opinions to a real Japanese audience
  2. Consider first-hand how big media operates and presents information
The worldwide audience of Japanese-speakers interested in New York, Columbia University, or life at an American university – and also your classmates, of course

We will create radio programs about life at Columbia University using an interview format

  1. Discuss what constitutes a good podcast (radio program).
  2. Everyone will decide on the categories that we will use to critique our own and each other’s podcasts.
  3. Keeping #1 in mind, we will form groups of 2-3 people and create podcasting scripts. The shows will be in the form of interviews. Everyone will write scripts that should be of interest to a Japanese university student curious about life at an American university.
  4. We practice reading the scripts in a natural manner. (If it is necessary, students should memorize their scripts. The point is that the scripts must NOT sound stilted and unnatural).
  5. Record the podcasts (We will be using “Wimba,” which is on Courseworks).
  6. Listen to your classmates’ podcasts and make comments. (Examples: Grammar mistakes; Boring; etc.).
  7. Correct and improve the scripts.
  8. Record a second time.
  9. We post the podcasts online, and allow a worldwide audience to listen.
  10. Listen to the podcasts created by you and your classmates; critique them.

Monday, September 25, 2006


You're learning Japanese---how do you feel? Excited? Happy? Frustrated? Overwhelmed? Whatever you feel, I hope we'll share it together using blogs.

Learning a language means not only taking a course, but also transforming yourself---becoming able to communicate with someone whose language you didn't understand before. The process involves your experience, feelings, and everything you do in and outside the class. This blog links to your blogs and your classmates' so that you can see what others think and feel about their learning process or just simply what they're up to.

I'm interested in your experience as a language learner: what you feel, how you see it, what you think about it, etc. Please feel free to write anything you want. You are encouraged to express yourself about any topics in any language. The sky is the limit!

1) Go to to open your blog.
  1. Select "Settings" from the top tabs. Click "Formatting" and select "Universal" for "Encoding" so that you can type Japanese.
  2. In order to receive comments from as many people as possible, please select "Comments" and choose "Anyone" for "Who can comment" section.
  3. If you want to know how to type Japanese, please click the link listed on the right side.
2) Send your blog address to me (
  • If you have trouble opening a new account, please let me know.
  • If you already have a blog and if you can use Japanese, you do not have to open a new account.
3) Post a blog entry once a week.
  • Here are some inspirations for your blog topics (they are just suggestions, so write whatever you want!)
    • I could read Japanese!
    • I spoke Japanese!
    • I went to Japan!
    • Why I study Japanese
    • My Japanese friends
    • I'm confused! Help!
    • My secret study tips
    • My daily schedule
    • Japanese restaurants in town
    • My hobbies
    • Japanese music, dramas, food, anime, manga
    • What I like/dislike about my Japaense class
    • What I'd like to do in my Japanese class
    • My favorite websites
    • My classmates
    • Japanese grammar
    • Japanese vocabulary
    • Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji
    • My favorite language lab exercises
4) You are also encouraged to visit others' blogs. Links to other interesting blogs can be seen on the right-side of this page. (they include links to other Japanese learners' blogs!)