Visitors Help Connect Language to Culture

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Ten university students from Morioka, Japan came to Canada for two weeks to learn about and experience Canadian culture. The students visited our Japanese 6 and 7 classes to practice their language skills, help our students with their Japanese skills, and share some of rich aspects of Japanese culture.

by Terra, Grade 6

On Wednesday, September 19th, we were fortunate to meet several students from Morioka University in Iwate, Japan. All the Grade 6 & 7 students spent their Japanese class with them – playing games, learning Japanese, doing origami, and singing songs. My favourite part was definitely the games -the students had brought many Japanese games, like kendama, Japanese paper beach balls, and darumaotoshi.

“One of the things they taught us was how to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” in Japanese.”

All of the Grade 6 students got to play outside with the students and the paper balls. Everyone loved hitting the balls around, trying to see how long it would go without completely deflating. The entire visit was incredibly fun and I don’t think anyone would disagree. I am hoping to do this again next year!

by Sara, Grade 7

The Japanese students shared many fun and different parts of Japanese culture with us. One of the things they taught us was how to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” in Japanese. It was interesting to see the translated version and how they sung it compared to us. They also showed us many unique and traditional Japanese toys. For example, a blow up ball and a fun game where you have to hit the bottom block out of a stacked tower without knocking off the top block. We also, of course, made origami! Overall, the Japanese visitors that we were fortunate enough to have in our class had a lot of fun learning, as did we. I am very grateful that they could come and share some of their incredible culture and traditions with us. So thank you.

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