Monday, October 13, 2008


1. Goals:

  • You will have the chance to actively express your opinions to a real Japanese audience by using Japanese language and other modalities (tone of your voice, body language, pictures, color, font etc.)
  • You will have the chance to consider first-hand how big media operates and presents information
2. Audience:
  • The worldwide audience of Japanese-speakers interested in New York, Columbia University, or life at an American university - and also your classmates, of course
3. Content:
  • We will create video podcast or TV programs about life at American University, New York City or your own choice
4. Steps:
  1. Form groups (two or more people), give a name to your group, and brainstorm ideas.
  2. Discuss what constitutes a good podcast or TV program. Everyone will decide on the categories that we will use to critique our own and each other’s podcasts
  3. Keeping #2 and your audience in mind, write proposal, and post it in your group’s folder (Courseworks -> Shared Folder -> Podcast -> Your group name) (Due 11/6, Thursday)
  4. Read your classmates’ proposals, make critical comments, and post it in their groups' folders
  5. Revise your proposal based on your classmate's comments (Due 11/12, Wednesday)
  6. Write scripts
  7. 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)
  8. Videotape the podcasts (First draft due 11/18, Tuesday)
  9. Watch your classmates’ podcasts and make comments based on the categories we will create
  10. Correct and improve the scripts
  11. Videotape a second time (Final draft due 12/2, Tuesday)
  12. Listen to the podcasts created by you and your classmates; critique them. We post the podcasts online, and allow a worldwide audience to listen
* You can see (or listen) past students' work. Go to ニューヨーク日本語の時間 (Columbia Japanese Student Podcast) under ポッドキャスト on the right side of the page.