Online Japan Today
Experience & Learn Japanese Culture
April - June 2021
Starting on May 3, we are also offering the Social Studies presentation via Google Meet for schools which must do at-home learning during the mandatory restrictions in effect.
Since 2002 the Edmonton Japanese Community Association (EJCA) has offered a school program Japan Today, at our centre or at the schools. We have designed it as a supplement to the Japan module of the Grade 8 Social Studies curriculum in Alberta. Now, thanks to support from the Japan Foundation, we are able to offer selected presentations to Grade 8 students—for a limited time only, from April to June, 2021—free of charge, in a pandemic-friendly online format.
We offer three presentations. Our Japanese instructors will present each topic with a PowerPoint slideshow and video clips including an interactive activity for the students. The presentations invite the students on a short virtual trip to the Japanese culture: a unique, fun experience. We hope that this program will stimulate their interest in Japan and help them understand it better.
Students will be introduced to the Japanese language system. They will learn several simple greeting words, such as konnichiwa, answer quizzes, and how to write their names in katakana (Mary ⇒ メアリー). Students’ names in katakana will be emailed to the teacher beforehand.
The slideshow presents the following topics: Please select one plan.
A Japanese presenter narrates. The short quiz will be a fun challenge.
Students will create two origami works (kabuto: samurai helmet and balloon) with step-by-step instructions, culminating in the moment when two-dimensional paper becomes a three-dimensional object. If time permits, the students will write their names on their origami works at the end. Origami paper will be delivered to the school beforehand.
Date and Time
30/40 minutes per session
Monday to Friday, from April 15 to June 25, 2021
9:00-9:30; 9:45-10:15; 10:30-11:00; 11:15-11:45
1:00-1:30; 1:45-2:15; 2:30-3:00
For exact time schedules, please refer to the calendar.
The start and end times can be flexible, so long as
there is no conflict with other booking already made.
Maximum 30 students
April -June, 40 sessions only
An online connection will be established between the teacher’s and the instructor’s computers. Three views will be shared on the computer screen and can be projected on an available smartboard: the students in class as a whole; the instructor; the presentation slides.
Calendar ( April - June 2021)
Sponsored by Japan Foundation in Toronto