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Language & Culture Lessons

Lesson topics for Centre Visits

Lessons of 1 to 2 hours can be arranged by our professional language consultants on a wide variety of traditional and contemporary topics. If you would like to arrange a lesson on topics other than those listed below, please contact us and we will try to accommodate your needs.

(Topics revised January 2020)




Traditional New Year’s Children’s games

Students obtain information about traditional annual events of Japan. They learn about the historical background and beliefs of annual events, and then experience traditional Japanese games that children play for the New Year days.

60 – 90 mins

Traditional festivals in Japan and Yatai games

Students obtain information about traditional Japanese matsuri festivals. They experience matsuri yatai (stall) games in a role-play as a customer and a yatai staff.

(Optional extra: They plan a visit to matsuri festivals through group discussion)

60 – 90 mins

Yukata1 wearing, Bon-odori and Obon ritual

Students learn how to wear the Yukata and practice typical Bon-odori dancing of Japan. They also learn about meanings and beliefs of Obon summer ritual (August).

(Optional extra: ‘Yukata King & Queen contest’)

40 – 60 mins

七五三 ritual and annual events of Japan

Students obtain information about Japanese annual events focused on children. They learn about the historical background of the Shichi Go San (七五三) ritual (November) and common activities on the day. They design a special menu for the day and then present it, explaining their choices to the class, applying Japanese grammar and sentence patterns.

(Optional extra: Role play ordering food at a restaurant)

60 – 90 mins

Japanese armor & helmet, and Children’s day

Students obtain information about history and meanings (symbolism) of the armor & helmet displayed on Children’s Day. They design their own and then present it explaining their design to the class, applying Japanese grammar and sentence patterns.

(Optional extra: presentation of the helmet with simple explanation, origami helmet)

90 mins (minimum)

Furoshiki and Japanese wrapping

Students obtain information about traditional Japanese furoshiki culture; and practice traditional wrapping with furoshiki.

(Optional extra: shopping role-play, presenting a gift in a Japanese context)

40 – 60 mins

Visiting Japanese home

Students obtain information about manners and expressions for visiting Japanese home; and perform a role-play.

(Optional extra: wrapping Omiyage with furoshiki)

60 mins (minimum)

Manga and anime

Students obtain information about the history of anime and manga, and explore the contemporary manga and anime culture of Japan. They then create their own manga characters and introduce them to the class or group.

(Optional extra: Students make up their own dialogue for speech bubbles, act out characters)

90 mins (minimum)

Traditional patterns of Japan

Students learn about traditional Japanese patterns and the meanings attached to them. They will then explore the contemporary use of traditional patterns in daily life.

(Optional: designing and/or dying traditional patterns, making Noren curtains)

90 – 120 mins (minimum)

Asking for and giving directions

Students learn about landmarks, vocabulary and expressions relating to directions. They will then complete simulation tasks to get to assigned destinations using a map.

(Optional extra: Role-play – Tour guide and a demanding tourist)

60 – 90 mins (minimum)

School events in Japan

Students learn about school events in Japan. They will then prepare basic explanations about a school event in Australia, considering differences and similarities with equivalent school events in Japan.

(Optional extra: Hands-on Japanese sports carnival activities, etc.)

90 mins (minimum)

Dream Trip to Japan

Students learn about Japan through the eyes of a potential traveler. They obtain information about famous places and fun activities in Japan through ‘jigsaw reading’.  They then plan their own ‘Dream trip to Japan’ through group discussion.

90 mins (minimum)


Students learn the basic techniques of shodo, and create their own work.

(Optional extra: basic kanji, framing art work to display)

60 – 90 mins (minimum)


Students explore traditional obento culture in Japan; learn expressions for buying obento through role-play.

(Optional extra: role play to buy obento using Furoshiki and saying NO to plastic bags)

60 mins (minimum)


Students explore the historical background and features of Ekiben & Obento and regional food culture in Japan. Students then design special Australian Ekiben & Obento.

(Optional extra: students engage in a role-play of selling and buying Ekiben & Obento)

90 mins (minimum)


Students familiarise themselves with Japanese konbini items and services; and learn expressions for shopping by role-playing.

(Optional extra: using Furoshiki bag and saying NO to plastic bags)

90 mins (minimum)

Taiko: learning Japanese through rhythm

Students learn about Japanese drums and practice drumming with Japanese phrases and expressions. Through this practice, students can familiarise themselves with haku (mora), which helps them to develop their pronunciation and orthography skills.

(Optional extra: create a short story with a BGS drumming)

60 mins

Tadoku3 workshop

This workshop provides students with an easy and fun reading experience in Japanese. Following a basic and simple explanation of Tadoku, students read graded/guided readers in Japanese at their own pace based on their interests and proficiency level.

60 mins

1  Please note that Yukata sizes and colours are limited. Students may not be able to choose their favorite design.  The recommended number of students for wearing Yukata is up to 15 at a time.
2  If you would like your students to learn a particular kanji during this lesson, please let us know.
3  Tadoku workshops are suitable for students who can read Hiragana and Katakana without difficulty. The workshop is recommended for students in Year 9 or higher. Please visit for more information about tadoku. 

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