How to search for materials Q&A version

Specific questions related to searching for materials are answered here.
  1. I would like to show images of Japanese New Year in my lessons. How should I search for photos, pictures and videos?

    By inputting ‘New Year’ and doing a keyword search from the ‘pictures, photos and videos’ category, materials related to New Year can be found from pictures, photos and videos. It is also possible to refine a search further and search for a keyword from ‘Photos’ if only photos are wanted.

    How to search from category, type, and teaching material can be seen at a glance here

    If you select ‘All Materials’ and input ‘New Year’ in the top of the website, you can search using keyword search for photos, classroom activities, and reading comprehension materials all at once.

    Tips for searching keywords are found here

  2. How should I search for speaking activities? In refined search, in what way are ‘Conversation’ under ‘Activity aim’ and ‘Speaking’ under ‘Skills used in activity’ different?

    In refined search it is possible to search for materials by checking one or more of the following 6 items: ‘Activity aim’, ‘Skills used in activity’, ‘Activity type’, ‘Activity level’, ‘Activity topic’ and ‘Material type’. In ‘Activity aim’ it is possible to refine which ability learners are required to develop from ‘Vocabulary’, ‘Grammar and sentence patterns’, ‘Conversation’, etc.. In ‘Skills used in activity’, without any relation to aims, it is possible to refine which skills are used in the activity from ‘Speaking’, ‘Listening and watching’, ‘Writing’ and ‘Reading’.

    An explanation of refined search items can be found here

    In refined search how should I differentiate the way I use ‘Conversation’ under ‘Activity aims’ and ‘Speaking’ under ‘Skills used in activities’?
    For example, in a lesson where learners study sentence patterns, if you want them to practise making conversations using the sentence patterns, you should check ‘Grammar and sentence patterns’ under ‘Activity aim’ and ‘Speaking’ under ‘Skills used in activity’! If you would like your learners to practise sentence patterns by listening to audio, check ‘Listening and watching’ under ‘Skills used in activities’.
    When should I choose ‘Conversation’ under ‘Activity aim’?
    You should choose ‘Conversation’ under ‘Activity aim’ when you want to search for materials and activities that develop speaking ability. Choose ‘Conversation’ not just for interactive language activities involving two or more people, but also for individual productive activities, such as speeches and presentations.
    OK, so when I want to do an activity that develops a speaking skill at elementary level, for example, is this OK? Or do I need to choose ‘Skills used in activity’ as well?
    You don’t need to check ‘Skills used in activity’! You can search without checking every search item.When you’ve already decided the type of activity, such as an interview or a speech, you can refine your search through ‘Activity type’. And when you’ve already decided the theme of an activity, you can refine your search through ‘Activity topic’.
  3. I cannot find reading texts that suit my learners. Am I right in thinking that the ‘Minna no Kyozai’ website has very few reading comprehension materials?

    Reading texts are not just found in ‘Reading Comprehension’, but are also found in ‘Classroom Activities’, so please search from ‘Classroom Activities and Reading Comprehension’. If searching from ‘Reading Comprehension’, it is not possible to find reading texts found in ‘Classroom Activities’.

    How to search from category, type, and teaching material can be seen at a glance here

    So that means I shouldn’t search for reading comprehension teaching materials from the ‘Reading comprehension’ category only?
    That’s right. There are actually more than 100 sets of reading comprehension materials found in ‘Classroom Activities’!Please search for reading comprehension materials from the ‘Classroom Activities and Reading Comprehension’ category.

    More information about ‘Searching from the whole website’ can be found here

  4. I am going to teach agemasu, kuremasu and moraimasu. How should I search for materials?

    It is easy to search from ‘Grammar and sentence patterns’. It is possible to search for learning materials for those language points from a list of grammar and sentence patterns. For each language point, under ‘Related grammar and sentence patterns’, there are also links to grammar and sentence patterns that are often taught together with or have similar meaning or form to that language point.

    More information about ‘Searching by grammar and sentence patterns’ can be found here

    There aren’t any pictures in ‘Search by grammar and sentence patterns’, but in the ‘Minna no Kyozai’ website there are lots of pictures that are useful for teaching grammar and sentence patterns! The way to search for pictures can be found in Search from type in the Explanation version and (1) in the Q&A version.
    There are not only grammar explanations for the language point agemasu, but also lots of other things like classroom activities and reading comprehension materials as well. It’s useful that you can also instantly search for materials related to kuremasu and moraimasu from ‘Related grammar and sentence patterns’.
    Right, being able to look at reference materials in one place is really convenient.
    There aren’t any pictures in ‘Search by grammar and sentence patterns’, are there?
  5. There are a lot of people in my class who are interested in travel, so I would like to do a lesson on travel. How should I search for materials from ‘Search by topic’?

    In ‘Search by topic’ materials are arranged into fifteen separate topics, such as ‘Me and my family’, ‘Eating habits’, ‘Health’, and so on. If you are interested in travel, please take a look at the topic ‘Travel and transport’. There are lots of classroom activities, reading comprehension materials, photos and pictures, and videos, which will be very useful for thinking of lessons that use a variety of different skills.

    See a list of topics

    There are some materials that can’t be searched from ‘Search by topic’.

    Details can be found here

  6. I cannot find materials using ‘Keyword search’.

    Please search by differentiating between keywords such as ‘reading comprehension’ and ‘reading’, ‘conversation’ and ‘speaking’, and so on.

    Details can be found here

    When searching using keyword search in the top of the web site, you can choose
    the type of materials you search for, such as ‘All materials’, ‘Classroom Activities’, ‘Pictures’, and so on.

How to search for materials Explanation versionThere are six ways to search for materials.

  1. Search from type

    When you have already decided what materials you want to search for, such as ‘reading comprehension materials for elementary learners’, ‘pictures’, etc., you can search from category, type and teaching materials.

    ・Search from category ・Search from type ・Search from teaching materials

    How to search from category, type and teaching materials

    Category Type Teaching materials

    Classroom Activities/Reading Comprehension

    Classroom Activities

    Kyokasho o Tsukuro Classroom Activities

    Kisetsu no Katsudo

    JFS B2 Teaching Materials
    JFKL Lesson IDEAS

    Going Out With Chie-chan
    JFS Reading Activities
    KC Yom Yom
    Nihongo Kyoiku Tsushin Essays
    Elementary Reading Comprehension
    Intermediate Reading Comprehension
    Now in Japan

    Elementary Vocabulary Pictures

    School Life Pictures
    Seasonal Pictures with Erin
    UME Pictures
    Pictures by Sakura & Musashi
    Kyokasho o Tsukuro Pictures

    CASTEL/J Pictures

    Let's See(in 'Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese.')
    Photos by Sakura & Musashi

    The Photo Panel Collection

    Hirogaru, get more of Japan and Japanese
    'Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese.'
    Hirogaru, get more of Japan and Japanese
    MARUGOTO + (MARUGOTO Plus)
    JFS B2 Teaching Materials

    Kyokasho o Tsukuro Grammer explanations

    Nihongo Kyoiku Tsushin 'Enjoy Japanese Grammer'
    Nihongo Kyoiku Tsushin 'Ideas for Japanese-Language Classrooms'
    Nihongo Kyoiku Tsushin 'The First Step for Teaching Japanese'
    JFS Lesson Plans

    ・Search from category

    In the top page of ‘Search from type’ it is possible to do a keyword search within each of the following categories: ‘Classroom Activities and Reading Comprehension’, ‘Pictures, Photos and Videos’, and ‘Grammar Explanations and Teaching Methodology’. It is also possible to do a refined search within ‘Classroom Activities and Reading Comprehension’.

    ・Search from type

    It is possible to do a keyword search by material type, such as ‘Classroom Activities’, ‘Reading Comprehension’, ‘Pictures’, etc.. It is also possible to do a refined search of ‘Classroom Activities’.

    ・Search from teaching materials

    Look at the list of all materials (table of contents) and search for materials. It is also possible to search for materials by keyword.

    An explanation of all teaching materials is found here

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    ①How to use refined search

    It is possible to check items from six fields, including ‘Activity aim’, ‘Activity type’, and ‘Activity level’. The more items that are checked, the fewer the search results (AND searches). It is not necessary to check all items. Please only check the items needed.

    It is also possible to check one item several times. The more checks on one item, the greater the search results (OR searches).

    When I checked ‘Interview’ in ‘Activity type’, 39 items of Classroom Activities appeared! When I checked ‘Role-play’ as well, it increased to 65 results (OR search).
    Let‘s try checking some other items.If you check ‘First half of elementary level’ under ‘Activity level’, the number of results changes to 41.

    ②Refined search items

    【Activity aim】

    Refine a search by ‘Activity aim’ that shows the kind of ability that learners acquire through the materials or activities.  For example, if searching for controlled speaking practice in order to remember a new sentence pattern, choose ‘Grammar and sentence patterns’ as the ‘Activity aim’ not ‘Conversation’. If searching for practice that deals with a conversational situation that the new sentence pattern appears in, choose ‘Conversation’ as the ‘Activity aim’. All materials have some sort of ‘Activity aim’.The following are the eight ‘Activity aim’:

      

    Characters           Vocabulary    Grammar and sentence patterns    Conversation*1 
      Listening comprehension    Composition*2    Reading comprehension    Cultural understanding 

    Includes all speaking. This is not just interaction between two or more people, but is also individual production, such as speeches and presentations.

    Includes all writing, such as writing e-mails and letters.

    With Can-dos

    Check this when searching for materials with Can-do objectives. It is also possible to search for materials with Can-do objectives by inputting ‘Can-do’when doing a keyword search.

    Can-dos display Japanese language proficiency using sentences beginning with ‘I can ...’ that say what someone can do and how well in Japanese. It is possible to concretely understand what the objective is in terms of what someone will become able to do in real life.

    Read about Can-dos here

    Materials ‘With Can-dos’ that can be searched by a refined search of ‘Classroom Activities and reading comprehension’

    Type Teaching materials Description
    Classroom activities Kyokasho o Tsukuro
    Classroom Activities
    Some of these materials have Can-do objectives. A detailed explanation can be found here
    JFS B2 Teaching Materials All of these materials have Can-do objectives. These teaching materials were created based on the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education. Information about the JF Standard can be found here
    Reading comprehension JFS Reading Activities

    *The ‘JFS Lesson Plans’ also have Can-do objectives, but they cannot be searched from a refined search. ‘JFS Lesson Plans’ can be found here

    The way to search with category, type and teaching materials at a glance can be found here

    It is possible using the ‘Minna no Can-do’ website to check the learning required to accomplish each of the materials’ Can-do objectives, and check useful information for thinking about assessment.

    If you click the material’s Can-do objective, you can see ‘Related Can-dos’ and ‘Can-dos in the same category’ on the ‘Mina no Can-do’ website. ‘Related Can-dos’ and ‘Can-dos in the same category’ are useful for checking the learning required to accomplish the Can-do objectives, and checking useful information for thinking about assessment.

    See here for more details

    ‘Skill used in the activity’

    ‘Skill used in the activity’ is separate from ‘Activity aim’ and is the Japanese language skill used in the activity. For example, ‘listening’ to the words the teacher says, ‘writing’ notes of verb conjugations, ‘reading’ a role-play role card, and so on. All materials have some sort of ‘Skill used in the activity’.

    ‘Skill used in the activity’ can be one of the following four skills:

    • Speaking*3
    • Listening and watching*4
    • Writing
    • Reading

    *3Activities such as saying newly studied words is included in ‘Speaking’. 

    *4‘Listening and watching’ refers to listening to audio and watching videos. 

    For example, if your ‘Activity aim’ is set as ‘understanding culture’, you can refine your search using ‘Skill used in the activity’, such as ‘reading’ something or ‘speaking’ in class.
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    With audio

    Check this when wanting to search for materials that have audio, such as listening comprehension materials and audio recordings of reading comprehension materials. It is also possible to input ‘audio’ and search by keyword search.

    Activity type

    What kind of activity will be done, or what kind of thing will be read or written can be chosen from the following twelve ‘Activity types’

    • Game
    • Quiz
    • Interview
    • Role-play
    • Speech
    • Presentation
    • Project work
    • Discussion
    • Song
    • Crafts
    • E-mail and letter
    • Stories
    Activity level

    A refined search can be done from the following four levels. All materials have some kind of ‘Activity level’. Materials with the objective of cultural understanding apply to all levels in some cases.

    • First half of elementary level (covers A1 and A2)
    • Second half of elementary level (covers A2)
    • Intermediate (covers B1)
    • Advanced (covers B2)

    Activity topic

    A refined search can be done from the fifteen topics of the JF Standard. For the fifteen topics please look at ‘Topics at a glance’ below. There are also some materials without topics.

    More information about the JF Standard can be found here

    Topics at a glance
    Me and my family Things related to you and your family (family structure, physical features, etc.)
    My home and around my home Things related to your home and the area where you live (rooms, furniture, local amenities,etc.)
    Free time and entertainment Things related to leisure and interests (sport, films, music, etc.)
    Lifestyle and life Things related to everyday life and life stages (routines, starting school, getting married,raising children, etc.)
    Work and career Things related to work and careers (companies, jobs, work duties, etc.)
    Travel and transport Things related to travel and transport ( journeys, public transport, sightseeing, etc.)
    Health Things related to the body and health (illnesses, going to hospital, lifestyle, etc.)
    Shopping Things related to shopping (shops, paying for things, etc.)
    Eating habits Things related to eating habits (food and drink, restaurants, cooking, etc.)
    Nature and the environment Things related to nature and the environment (climate, seasons, environmental problems,etc.)
    Human relations Things related to human relations (socialising, problems, manners, etc.)
    School and education Things related to educational institutions and education (schools, learning environment,learning materials, etc.)
    Language and culture Things related to language and culture (foreign languages, ceremonial occasions, traditionalculture, popular culture, experiences of different cultures, etc.)
    Society Things related to society (politics, industry, economics, international relations, etc.)
    Technology Things related to technology (latest technology, science, media, etc.)
    Teaching materials

    A refined search can be done using the name of teaching materials, such as ‘Kisetsu no Katsudo’, ‘Intermediate reading comprehension’, and so on.

    An explanation of all teaching materials can be found here.

    ③Hints for keyword searches

    ・Be careful to differentiate keywords, for example ‘reading comprehension’ and ‘reading’, ‘conversation’ and ‘speaking’, and so on

    It is possible materials will not be found if ‘reading’ is input when wishing to search for reading comprehension materials, or ‘speaking’ when wishing to search for conversation activities. When inputting keywords, be careful to use them in the following way:

    Keywords used when searching for skill used in activity speaking, listening, reading, and writing
    Keywords used when searching for learning objectives conversation, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and composition
  2. Search from grammar and sentence patterns

    This is a list that arranges materials by grammar and sentence pattern. It is helpful when searching for materials by grammar and sentence pattern. There are 258 items in the list (grammar and sentence patterns) arranged in order of the Japanese syllabary, and for each item there are materials that are useful for teaching that grammar or sentence pattern. In addition, from ‘Related grammar and sentence patterns’ it is possible to view materials for sentence patterns and grammar items that are often taught together with this item, and items that have a similar form or meaning.There are also teaching materials that cannot be searched from ‘Search by grammar and sentence patterns’, such as pictures.

    It is possible to view at a glance teaching materials that can be found in ‘Search by grammar and sentence patterns’ here

    ■About items

    When searching for materials to teach agemasu from ‘Search by grammar and sentence patterns’, there are people who search for the item agemasu, people who search for ‘expressions for giving and receiving’, and people who search for yarimorai. The keyword search is designed so that items can be found using a variety of searches.

    • Agemasu and ‘expressions for giving and receiving’

      The items consist not only of specific sentence patterns, such as agemasu, kore, o V ni narimasu, and so on, but also items such as ‘expressions for giving and receiving’, ‘demonstratives’, and ‘honorifics’. There are a number of materials related to items such as ‘expressions for giving and receiving’, ‘demonstratives’, and ‘honorifics’. For example, below are the materials that feature the items agemasu, kuremasu, moraimasu, ‘expressions for giving and receiving’, and yarimorai.

      Relationship between items in ‘Search by grammar and sentence patterns’
      Heading agemasu kuremasu moraimasu expressions for giving and receiving yarimorai
      Materials ・materials useful for teaching agemasu ・materials useful for teaching kuremasu ・materials useful for teaching moraimasu ・materials useful for teaching agemasu
      ・materials useful for teaching kuremasu
      ・materials useful for teaching moraimasu
      ・materials useful for teaching teagemasu
      ・materials useful for teaching tekuremasu
      ・materials useful for teaching temoraimasu
    • ②‘Expressions for giving and receiving’ and yarimorai

      When there are a number of terms or ways of indicating the same grammar or sentence pattern, such as ‘Expressions for giving and receiving’ and yarimorai, V (ra)remasu (passive) and ‘passive form’, ‘plain form of the verb’ and ‘root form’, and so on, there are also a number of items in the list, and the same materials can be found from a number of items.

    • N kara/N made and N made/N kara

      Items such as N kara/N made have separate items such as N made/N kara as well, so the same materials can be found from a number of items.

  3. Search by topic

    This is a list of materials arranged by topic, such as ‘Eating habits’, ‘Travel and transport’, and so on. It is convenient to search for materials from here when thinking of a lesson in terms of topic. The topics are the fifteen topics of the JF Standard. The topics can be viewed here

    Please refer to the table below for a list of the teaching materials that can be ‘searched by topic’.

    The teaching materials here that aren’t marked with a ○ can’t be found from ‘Search by grammar and sentence patterns’ or ‘Search by topic’.

    Teaching materials that can be ‘searched by grammar and sentence patterns’ and ‘searched by topic’

    Type Teaching materials ‘Search by grammar and sentence patterns’ ‘Search by topic’
    Classroom Activities Kyokasho o Tsukuro Classroom Activities
    Kisetsu no Katsudo
    JFS B2 Teaching Materials
    JFKL Lesson IDEAS
    Going Out With Chie-chan
    Reading Comprehension JFS Reading Activities
    KC Yom Yom
    Nihongo Kyoiku Tsushin Essays
    Elementary Reading Comprehension
    Intermediate Reading Comprehension
    Now in Japan
    Pictures Elementary Vocabulary Pictures
    School Life Pictures
    Seasonal Pictures with Erin
    UME Pictures
    Pictures by Sakura & Musashi
    Kyokasho o Tsukuro Pictures
    CASTEL/J Pictures
    Photos Let's See(in 'Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese.')
    Photos by Sakura & Musashi
    The Photo Panel Collection
    Hirogaru, get more of Japan and Japanese
    Videos 'Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese.' Basic skit・Advanced skit・Key phrases, only○ Basic skit・Advanced skit・Key phrases, only○
    Hirogaru, get more of Japan and Japanese
    MARUGOTO + (MARUGOTO Plus)
    JFS B2 Teaching Materials
    Grammar explanation for teachers Kyokasho o Tsukuro Grammer explanations
    Nihongo Kyoiku Tsushin 'Enjoy Japanese Grammer'
    Teaching methodology and lesson ideas Nihongo Kyoiku Tsushin 'Ideas for Japanese-Language Classrooms'
    Nihongo Kyoiku Tsushin 'The First Step for Teaching Japanese'
    Lesson plans JFS Lesson Plans
  4. Search for JFS teaching materials

    These are teaching materials based on the JF Standard.

    More information about the JF Standard can be found here

  5. Search from ‘Forum’

    When searching for teaching materials that a user posted, search from ‘Forum’. As well as searching by keywords, it is also possible to search from material type, the poster’s country or region, the poster’s screen name, and date of posting. Materials will be searched using keywords that the poster added to the materials. It is also possible to choose ‘Materials/Ideas' and search from keyword search at the top of the website.

    When searching for materials in ‘Forum’ and when searching for all the materials offered on ‘Minna no Kyozai’ website, please refer to ‘(6) Search from the whole website’ below.

  6. Search from the whole website

    By choosing ‘Cross Search' and searching from keyword search at the top of the website, it is possible to find all materials offered on the ‘Minna no Kyozai’ website and all materials posted by users in ‘Forum’.

    You can also refine your search to search for ‘classroom activities’, ‘reading comprehension’ and ‘Photos’.