Class theme/topics discussed:
-Guess what the family of picture is doing(Throwing roasted soybeans)
-Read an article of Setsubun and answer some questions about its contents
2. Party Planning
-Check advertisements of Japanese grocery stores.
-Plan a party in a group. One student leaded the conversation as a facilitator.
How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted to introduce one of Japanese seasonal events, Setsubun. On the day, Japanese families celebrate the close of winter and hold the party. This lesson plan is also connected to the study break.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts for planning a party
Advertisement of Japanese grocery stores
How did students react?
Students really love to see Japanese advertisements.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they talked a lot in Japanese.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Downloaded video from youtube
Please attach a copy.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Why or why not?
I think today’s class was good to know Japanese traditions. Authentic material was good for initiating conversation. After the lass, students could enjoy throwing the beans and eating Ehoumaki (Sushi) at the study break.