Class theme/topics discussed:

Japanese Culture: Calligraphy
-explaining how to use and write with a brush for calligraphy
-practicing the basic eight way of writing (永字八法)
-practicing Hiragana

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted students to know some Japanese New Year culture. On Japanese New Year, calligraphy is one of important activity. In general, people write happy words like “dream” and “wish”.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Students’ performance

How did students react?
They did this activity very seriously. They really like calligraphy.

Did they engage with each other and you?

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Why or why not?
Calligraphy is one of famous and important Japanese culture. So I think students should know and experience it to know much about Japanese and Japanese society.