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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

Activities

Duration

Dream trip to Japan

Students learn about Japan through the eyes of a potential traveller. 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)

Matsuri festivals in Japan

Students learn about seasons and prefectures of Japan through Japanese matsurifestivals. They experience matsuri yatai (stall) games in a role play. They plan a visit to a matsuri festival through group discussion.

90 mins (minimum)

Shichi Go San (七五三) and annual events in Japan

Students learn about Japanese annual events focused on children. They learn the historical background of Shichi Go San (七五三) rituals and contemporary common activities on the day. They design a plan for the day.

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

90 mins (minimum)

Yukata1 & Bon-odori and annual events in Japan

Students learn about the historical and socio-cultural background of annual events in Japan and experience wearing Yukata and Bon odori dancing.

(Optional extra: ‘Yukata kings and Queens contest’, folding Yukata workshop)

90 mins (minimum)

Traditional children’s games on New Years’ Day

Students learn about the historical and socio-cultural background of annual events, experience traditional children’s games and learn about Japanese beliefs behind the games.

90 mins (minimum)

Manga and anime

Students explore contemporary aspects of manga and anime in Japan; and create their own manga characters, then introduce them to the class or group.

(Optional extra: Add speech bubbles using adjectives, act out characters/goblins, etc)

90 mins (minimum)

Furoshiki and Japanese wrapping

Students learn about traditional Japanese furoshiki culture; and practice traditional wrapping.

(Optional extra: shopping role-play, or presenting omiyage to host family, design ‘dream house’, etc.)

60 mins (minimum)

Visiting a Japanese home

Students learn manners and expressions for visiting a Japanese house; and perform a role-play.

(Optional extra: wrapping Omiyage with furoshiki and presenting it)

90 mins (minimum)

Shodo2

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

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

90 mins (minimum)

Konbini shopping

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)

Obento shopping

Students explore traditional obento culture in Japan; learn expressions for buying obento through role-play; and design their own special obento.

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

90 mins (minimum)

Ekiben

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

(Optional extra: students make their own travel plans to buy Ekiben in Japan, create a sales pitch, and engage in a role-play of selling and buying Ekiben)

90 mins (minimum)

Asking and giving directions

Students learn the names of places (landmarks) in town, expressions of asking and giving directions, and perform a role-play.

60 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 (拍(はく)) or mora, which helps them to develop their pronunciation and orthography skills.

(Sample phrases: names of fruit, numbers, ordering food and drinks)

60 mins (minimum)

Tadoku3 workshop

This workshop provides students with an easy and fun reading experience in Japanese. A basic and simple explanation of Tadoku is held at the beginning of the workshop. 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 size and colours are limited. Students may not be able to choose favorite ones.
2  If you would like your students to learn particular kanji during this lesson, please let us know.
3  Tadoku workshop is suitable for students who can read Hiragana and Katakana without difficulty. The workshop is recommended for students in Year 9 or higher. Please visit tadoku.org for more information about tadoku.  

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