Great East Japan Earthquake and Energy policy and production

A Project Prototype by Noriko Kolbe

published on Aug 4, 2015

based on Sample Project

 Students will help support Japanese speaking Georgians to develop a stance on critical energy issues in Georgia by creating a webpage in Japanese that outlines environment and energy policy of Georgia Chamber of Commerce that includes Japanese perspectives and culturally authentic and meaningful for a Japanese audience.

 Additionally, the students identify gaps in the environment and energy policy of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce website (in English).

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Preparing for the Project

Discussion of natural disasters

Launching the Project

Viewing the video clip of Great East Japan Earthquake (3.11)

Managing the Project

Current problems due to the disasters

Interview native speakers

People’s opinions about nuclear power generation.

Alternative energy

Interview native speakers

USA energy situation

Create a webpage

Assessment

Assess a webpage

Implementation Info

Implementation information not specified.

Preparing for the Project

Discussion of natural disasters

·         Talk about natural disasters in the USA or students’ home countries and share their experiences; if they had an emergency drill in K-12.

Launching the Project

Viewing the video clip of Great East Japan Earthquake (3.11)

·         Learn 3 disasters (earthquake, tsunami tidal wave, and nuclear power plant crisis) and discuss the videos.

·        Students will have a vocabulary quiz to show their mastery of new words learned in this segment.

 

Managing the Project

Current problems due to the disasters

·         Read articles to learn there are still problems in Japan: electricity shortage, protest. 

·         Read an update on Fukushima nuclear plant to learn problems: contaminated water outflow, increase the drop amount of radioactive materials in air, exposure dose, and radioactive waste.

·         Read articles about various effects of the disaster across the world: debris, contaminated fish, radiation clouds, etc.

       Students will have a vocabulary quiz to show their mastery of new words learned in this segment.

Interview native speakers

·    Grammar lecture for interview expressions.

·     Write a set of interview questions on electricity shortage using target vocabulary and grammatical form in group.

 

 

·     Conduct an interview in group.

     Write a report of the interview in group.

 

 

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People’s opinions about nuclear power generation.

·         Grammar lecture for opinion expressions and discussion expressions.

·         Read opinions and view a video clip of proponent of nuclear power generation.

·        Read opinions and view a video clip of opponent of nuclear power generation.

·         Discuss on the articles and the video clips in group, and then write a summary of the articles and the video clips on people’s opinions about nuclear power using target vocabulary and grammatical forms.

·         Discuss and review graphs/charts of nuclear energy usage/production around the world.

·         Divide class into pro. and con. for nuclear power generation, and then discuss within groups of pro. and con. about rationales. Take notes during the discussion, and then write a summary as preparation for presentation.

·         Present each stand’s opinions with rationales. While listening, take notes to ask a question or offer a comment.

·         Online discussion: ask a question, answer a question or write a comment on class website between pro. and con. groups.

 

Task Extension

 Interview native speakers of Japanese on their opinions of nuclear power generation: exchange students from Japan on GSU campus, or university students in Japan via Skype.

Debate between pro. vs. con., instead of the presentation.

Alternative energy

·         Research Thermal power, Hydroelectric power, Wind power, Solar power, Natural gas, etc. in both Japanese and English and write a summary of each in Japanese.

·         Read status of alternative energies in Japan. Write a summary in Japanese.

·        Students will have a vocabulary quiz to show their mastery of new words learned in this segment.

Interview native speakers

·         Write a set of interview questions on alternative energy using target vocabulary and grammatical form in group.

·         Interview exchange students from Japan on GSU campus in group.

·         Write a report of the interview in group.

USA energy situation

·         Discuss and review graphs/charts of nuclear energy usage/production in USA. (English)

·         Research Georgia Chamber of Commerce website on their Environment and Energy policy. (English) Write a summary in Japanese.

·         Research nuclear power plant in Augusta, GA. (English) Write a summary in Japanese.

·         Field trip to nuclear power plant in Augusta, GA. (English)

·         Contrast nuclear power plants in Augusta vs. Fukushima (how old, geography, etc.) Write a summary in Japanese.

Create a webpage

·         Organize all summaries have been written in tasks 1-8 to create a webpage.

·         Design and create a webpage in group.

·         Learn how to create and publish a webpage on Wikis.

 

Task Extension

Presentation about the webpage to native speakers of Japanese: university students in Japan via Skype

Assessment

Assess a webpage

·         Visit a webpage of other groups and assess their webpages using a rubric provided by an instructor. Also, write feedback in English for other groups.

·         Revise own group’s webpage based on feedback provided by other groups.

Implementation Info

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