The Vietnamese Department in Secondary started the International Week at BVIS with an author visit on Wednesday, 6th January. As Japan is our focus during this week, we have decided to learn about Haiku, the well-known Japanese form of poetry. Accepting our invitation, four members of The HCMC Haiku Club have conducted a productive presentation about Haiku poems to our Year 7 and Year 9 students.
Leading the poet group, Mr Phan Nhật Chiêu (his pen name is Nhật Chiêu), who is not only a Vietnamese writer but also a Researcher of Japanese Literature, opened the students’ minds to the world of Haiku poetry in a simple but effective approach. Knowing the audience of this presentation is just in the age of 12-14, Mr Nhật Chiêu illustrated the simple but authentic content and the special structure of Haiku poems with a variety of interesting examples.
Next, Ms. Đặng Kim Thanh, a teacher of SaiGon University, showed the growth of writing Haiku poems in Vietnamese community by briefly introducing the establishment and activities of the Haiku Club in HCMC. The third member, Ms. Đinh Xuân Hảo, also a teacher at Saigon University, continued the poets’ talk by sharing with the students some good techniques on poetry commentary. The Haiku presentation came to an end after the fourth member of the group, Ms Pham Hien invited volunteers to read the Haiku poems written in calligraphy form. The follow-up activity will be the written practice of Haiku poems of the students in their coming lessons.
Before leaving us, Mr Phan Nhat Chieu said: “It is so delighting to see how the Vietnamese lesson has been conducted in a practical way like this. I am so impressed with the high interest and attention your students have displayed during the time they meet with us. I think there is no doubt that what you have done here definitively is to form excellent Vietnamese citizens for our next generation.”
Ms. Đặng Kim Thanh described the experience as, “Beautiful and Poetic. How can I forget the way the students greet us in both language, Vietnamese and Japanese? My greatest impression is to witness how BVIS students have put into practice what is written in the school memoir, especially caring and enquiry.” Saying goodbye to us, Ms. Kim Thanh concluded, “Your students are the ones who inspire us not only in our presentation today but also in our daily educating and writing cause’.
There is no doubt that the Poets’ Visit has largely inspired the BVIS students to write their own Haiku poems in Vietnamese. Richard from 7I can not wait for the written part in his next Vietnamese lesson. He enthusiastically said: “Haiku poems turn out not too difficult as I used to think. While listening to Mr Nhat Chieu’s talk, the ideas for a Haiku poem have come up and I wish I could write them down at once.” While I am writing this article, Richard is sitting and early creating his poems.