Class theme/topics discussed:

1. Talk about the Japan Fest (just for the lesson 21)
Since students will help out the Japan Fest, they need to check the schedule and what they are supposed to do and bring on the day of the Japan Fest.

2. Watch Japanese Movie: “Departures” (for both lesson 21 and 22)

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Japan Fest is coming soon. I just wanted to remind them of the Japan Fest on coming Sunday. As for the movie, students asked me to show the movie because they already watched the beginning of the movie.

3. Question and Answer (for the lesson 22)
Students answer the question about the movie. Which scene is the most impressive? What is the funniest? How do you think about Japanese funeral? …etc.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Students asked me to watch everything after project. I accepted their offer because I also think this movie is good for them because conversation of this film include Japanese dialect.

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

How did students react?
They loved to watch Japanese movie.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

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

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?


Why or why not?
Watching movies motivate students to be curious about Japanese culture and society. It is good idea for conversation class to watch the movie. This movie is especially good. (It already got an Oscar!!) Since most of characters in the movie talked in a dialect of Japanese, students can explore cultural diversity in Japan.