A Cultural and Educational Experience for Grade 10 High School Students in the Greater Edmonton Area
Held on October 26, 2010
Objective - What is the “Explore Japan”?
The program provides an opportunity
for Grade 10 students in the greater Edmonton area to explore Japanese culture
at first hand. Through a variety of activities facilitated by Japanese
community members, the program will enhance the understanding of Japanese culture
by the Edmonton youth and promote friendship between Japan and Canada. High
school Japanese programs will greatly benefit by participating in the event.
The Edmonton Japanese Community Association (EJCA) has been promoting
Japanese culture and language in the Edmonton areas. Since 2002, it has been
providing the “Japan Today” program to junior high schools as a Grade 8 Social module
In May 2010, EJCA Culture Programs Committee received an inquiry
from the Alberta Japanese Teachers Association (AJTA) if cultural presentation to
Grade 10 students who would start studying Japanese Language and Culture in
September could be organized by EJCA.
After some research activities, the first Steering Committee meeting
was held on August 7, 2010, and a decision was made to proceed with the plan.
October 26, 2010 9:00 – 3:20
Schools, students, teachers, and chaperon registered
Ainlay High School
Thurber Comprehensive High School
Composite High School
Composite High School
Grove Composite High School
5. Program Details
a. In the homeroom
Students had a morning gathering, lunch, and waited for buses after the
program was over in own homeroom.
b. In the hall with all students together
1) Opening session
- Welcome and Introduction
- Keynote speech
- Japanese Drum (Taiko) presentation
2) After the lunch session - Kimono Show and
After lunch, all students got together
in the hall and watched a Kimono Show and traditional Japanese dances.
c. In the classrooms and the hall
1) Modern Japan
third year Grant MacEwan University student who was in Japan for one year as an
exchange student told his experience in Japan using slide pictures. He talked
about modern Japan, technology, and life styles, particularly of young people.
2) Flower Arrangements and Tea Ceremony
room was prepared in the tearoom settings with flower arrangements. After an
explanation of flower arrangements and a tea ceremony, students watched the
ceremony. Then, Japanese sweets and tea were served to all students.
students appreciated professional calligraphies displayed on the wall, the
presenters explained calligraphy and tools. Students practiced a few kanji
using samples and made one good copy. Some students made their own name cards
4) Kimono and Origami
All students tried Yukata (casual summer Kimono). Two
spots with Japanese shoji screens and cherry blossom trees were set for photo
shooting. Traditional Japanese music was played as background sound. At the origami workshop, students took a close look at
samples first, then, they made their own origami.
5) Karate and Kimono Workshop
Taiko workshop: Presenters explained
about Taiko, then, demonstrated key techniques. All students had a turn for
drumming a Taiko.
workshop: Instructors guided students into the “Karate world” including trials.
Taiko and Karate demonstrated the Japanese way of behavior, i.e. politeness,
concentration, and respect. Students were introduced to these values while they
enjoyed practicing Taiko and Karate.
6. Student Handout
Handout bags were prepared.
- Individual student’s time schedule printed in group’s
- Student’s name tag in group’s color
- Instruction sheet of activities
- Quiz sheet (There was one quiz for each session. The quiz
will be used back in Japanese language class.)
- Feed back form
7. Donations - Gift bags to schools
Various door prizes donated by the sponsors were
distributed to schools as gifts so that teachers could use the prizes at
Japanese classesStudent Handout.
Institute of Innovation in Second Language Education (iisle) at Woodcroft
School, 13750 Woodcroft Avenue, Edmonton.
Summary of feedback
Students’ feedback (135 responses from 5 schools)
Very satisfied (74)
satisfied and Somewhat satisfied (1)
No answer (15)
session/event/workshop received “Very satisfied/Somewhat satisfied from more
than 90 per cent of students”.
Teachers’ feedback (5 teachers)
teachers are “Very satisfied” with the experience.
All teachers marked “Excellent” as
to how meaningful it was for their own Japanese-language program.
10. Voices from teachers and students
(excerpts from feedback forms)
- Very welcoming
- Instructors were very nice
- The Speech was powerful and the Taiko demo was exciting
- Because of your presentation, I want to go to Japan
- Fun and a great way to introduce Japanese art forms
- Lots of meaning behind the traditions
- ... helps us learn about Japanese culture
- Cool, artistic and creative
- Fun and interactive
- …challenging, but fun
- It was fun and educational
- I found the whole experience informative and engaging
- It has inspired me to learn more about Japan
- I will be looking forward to it next year
- It made me very enthusiastic about going to Japan
- … made me feel all immersed in culture and everything
- It was really helpful to understand Japanese culture. I
really want to recommend to my friends
- This program was very good. I want my friend to know more
- …it’s really good to see and feel Japanese culture
- [found the following most fascinating]…respect towards
others, and the significance of their language
- Really enjoyed myself and I believe my students also really
enjoyed themselves too!
- The presenters had prepared the activities very well
- An excellent way of seeing the subtleties of Japanese