This scenario can be used in many different ways to give students a chance to use the phrase "What do you study on Monday afternoon?" but in a much more compelling way.

Basic Info

Time: 15+ minutes
Level: Junior high 1st grade
Works with: What do you do on ...?
Class size: Medium to large

You will need:

Description

"What do you study on Monday afternoon?" becomes "What do you eat on Christmas?"

Interview

  1. In groups, students create their group's question.
  2. Once each group has their question, all students stand and poll students from other groups. (2 ~ 5 mins)
  3. When they have an answer, they return and write it on the worksheet. Repeat until finished.

Presentation

  1. Groups decide which answer was the most common. Answer is circled with pen.
  2. All students in a group stand, ALT announces their question and the group announces the most common answer.
  3. Repeat for all groups. The end.

Tips

  • Demonstrate this activity.
  • Run through it with the JTE because it will require some extra (Japanese) explanation.
  • Verbs: eat, do, watch, play, get
  • Holidays: new year's eve, new year's day, Christmas, setsubun, birthday

Warnings

  • This activity can take some time. Like 30 minutes. If you're well prepared and the JTE is in full understanding of how the activity should play out, you should be fine.

Variations

  • No worksheet version: Instead of making this a class survey, you can make this into a "teacher interview". As above, groups (or pairs for smaller classes) decide which question they want to ask (verbally), then each group gets a turn asking the teacher.
    Ensure students say their teacher's name before they ask the question - "Mr. Takamatsu, what do you get for your birthday?"
    Students really enjoy quizzing their teachers but it may not work so well with less loved teachers. Also, if you feel the JTE is getting a bit flustered, be sure to point the next question at yourself.

Comments

The great thing about group activities like this, apart from the chance to practice working in groups and everything that entails, is that all students get to participate. Lower level students may not have much to contribute to creating a new question sentence, but once it's made, they're able to join in the interview process and generally have a better understanding of the language than were they working alone (and copying answers).

This activity works really well as a review for Sunshine 1 Program 4 - 1

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