Gratitude Project: Writing, Reading, and Reporting

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Naoko Harada, Kyorin University

This paper is focused on a project in a Japanese university English writing class for which students wrote letters of gratitude in their language of choice and delivered the letters to people they had not previously thanked properly. Their assignment was to plan their own gratitude visit and to record their emotional reactions, as well as those of the receiver of the letter. Students described their emotions after reading their letters aloud to the receiver. My aims in this paper were (a) to discuss the effects of writing letters of gratitude, (b) to describe the letter-writing project, and (c) to discuss the value of having students explore their emotional changes by recording their activities after completing the assignment.