Overview: Students answer questions. The one that answers decides who can sit down. Really fun way to start a Japanese elementary school class and get them into the mood for English. It’s also good for reviewing things from the last lesson.
Set Up: This works if the student’s desks are in lines, like in most Japanese schools.
Continue reading “Left-Right or Up-Down”
Overview: Students call a student from another class on the phone to arrange an appointment or for an interview.
Set Up: Arrange time and logistics with another teacher, and have two available cellphones for calling. Continue reading “Telephone Interview”
Goals: Students test each other’s spelling
Preparation: Scrap of paper each, poker chips, vocab list
Continue reading “I Bet You Can’t Spell…”
Goals: Encourage speaking to each other and asking questions
Continue reading “Only I Want To / 私だけがしたい”
Goals: Practice asking and answering questions with more complicated responses
Preparation: Five poker chips or anything to denote points for each student if you want to make it more competitive
Continue reading “Can’t Say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ / 『イエス』と『ノウ』が言えない”
Goals: Practice comparatives
Preparation: Whiteboard or blackboard
Continue reading “Comparatives Relay / 比較のリーレ”
Goals: Practice thinking up words within constraints
Continue reading “Make the Most Words / 言葉を言葉に見つける”