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Japanese Ancillary Activities and OER Materials

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photo of clothing in a department store

“デパート/ Department Store”
Novice Low-Novice Mid

Students will discuss and contrast the American and Japanese department stores. First, students will be asked to name American department stores and the items they sell. Then, students will be introduced to Japanese department stores through pictures and a website. Afterward, students will then role-play a shopping experience at a Japanese department store as they look for items specific to their scenario

Photo of fireworks

“祝日・お祝い/Holidays and Celebrations”
Novice High

The students will begin this activity with a warm to review holiday-related vocabulary. After, they will then be asked discuss questions regarding holidays and traditions and answer them in pairs or small groups

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