Left-Right or Up-Down

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.

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Telephone Interview

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”

Can’t Say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ / 『イエス』と『ノウ』が言えない

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



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