I think I just earned my first 2 tan'i / credits by talking about language proficiency exams for five minutes in English... ^^; The expected level in the classes conducted in English is really low, even someone who stutters for 15 minutes without producing anything resembling a full sentence, can get a B+ apparently. XD Not that I understand the grading system though. In last time's class, the presenters got an "8" and a "9" as their final grades, the week before that he gave someone a "85%", but this week my classmate got an "A" and I got an "A+"... How does it work if some people get letters and others get numbers!? Which grading system is he using!? Or is there even any meaning to those grades in the first place? Up 'til now the teacher seems to assign random things as grades, and very high ones too, so maybe it just means that you either pass or you don't, and as long as you get SOMETHING you pass... X'D It seems kinda impossible to fail this course anyways, because the presentation is half of the grade, and attendance and participation is the other half, there isn't even an exam. We still need to prepare a lot of reading (in Japanese) and take notes in order to participate in the classes, but as long as we just DO it, that seems to be enough...
Same goes for that Youth and Popular Culture class... I was kinda pissed off that we don't even have to hand in any of the homework assignments... I mean, if an assignment makes up 20% of our grade according to the syllabus, how is the teacher going to decide our grade without even reading the assignments!? She didn't even look at them, it was just like "discuss your assignments in small groups", and then we did that for 10 minutes or so, and that was it... =S I felt silly for having written so many details on my fieldwork report, if no one is going to read it... Maybe I should post it here, so that it doesn't go to waste... XP
Homework for the kanji class is interesting though... We're supposed to come up with kanji that fits to our names, both with pronunciation and the kind of image we want to portray... Putting anything to "Willeke" is impossible, or at least, it just looks ugly because you need at least three or four kanji to represent all the sounds, and the meaning will be pretty incoherent with that many... For "Wiru" there's some more possibilities, but still not much to choose from... I came up with these, but I'm not sure yet...
初流 - 生流 - 生瑠 - 憂瑠
I really like the 瑠 one for "ru", apparently it's the name a blue gemstone, this one:
I love the colour, I think it fits me pretty well. =3
And it's totally like Bisuke's Blue Planet! Or Seigaku colour!
But for Ui... There's only a few kanji that represent that sound in one character, and I don't like any of them that much... I found 憂 ("love", but that's a bit lame) 生 ("life", but this one has too many meanings so it's hard to interpret), or 初 (first, but I don't think that makes sense in a name...) Any other kanji for 'Ui' have two characters, and I don't like how that looks... Eh, I still have until next week to think about it... ^^;