The classes for the autumn semester started, and I am back teaching Japanese at university. Meeting a new group of students was a true pleasure for me, all the more after a long summer break.
Due to greater demand for beginner levels, I am teaching the first level of Japanese. This has turned out to be a good opportunity for me to revise all of my teaching materials.
Every week after each lesson, I make a record in a little notebook about the topics I covered, the students’ reactions and questions, and what I should cover again in the next lesson. This notebook helps me, as it reminds me of the weaknesses in my explanation and presentation of materials. Based on that, I have amended my slides, materials and the order of the topics, from which I’ve already gained better outcomes from the students this term. I personally believe that making records of students’ questions is very helpful for further improvement, simplifying the lesson content, and time management.