Around this time, deciding whether to use Japanese in the classroom is always a tricky decision. Perhaps more so with the stress of the coronavirus pandemic still looming over our shoulders. Teachers want to immerse their students in English, but Japanese comes in handy for new or unruly students.
There are also occasions when teachers might be expected to use Japanese in the classroom to help communicate more effectively or when the learners are too young to be effectively engaged in English.
For these situations, here are some practical Japanese terms and expressions you can use in the classroom.
One situation where speaking Japanese is useful is during roll call. It can be an essential part of the job at some schools to record attendance and even make reports about it.
I’ll be taking attendance first.
mazu shusseki wo torimasu
Is everybody here?
Who’s absent today?
Kyo wa dare ga wo yasumidesu ka?
Every student is in attendance today.
gakusei zenin ga shusseki wo torimashita
She is absent from school.
kanojou ha gakkou wo kesseki shimashita
That student is absent due to an illness.
seito ha byouki notameni kesseki shimashita
Classroom order and discipline
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