Program
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A Trip to Finland

Basic Dialog

Do you have any plans for next Sunday?

Yes. I'm going to play soccer with my friends.

Oh, are you? Are you going to play at the park?

I think so.

Speaking (Review Games)

  • Composed conversations
    Students consider what they will do this weekend then write it down. Then they use that answer in a walk and talk activity.

Listening Activities

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Full Lesson

  • Introduce your school area's exchange program (if it has one)
    This series of activities takes students through listening, speaking, and writing. It's built around the idea of what your town's students do while on an exchange program trip and has the students in class imagining what they might need to pack for the trip (assuming they are going).
    1. Listening activity about what the exchange students do in the host country. (The activities students do in the host country lead to what items students are "going to" take.)
    2. In groups (of about 4), students brainstorm what they are "going to" take to "survive" the trip and it's itinerary.
      You may consider giving students a minute, mid-brainstorm, to walk around ask other "What are you going to take to Australia?" so they can share ideas.
    3. After brainstorming, students select two or three items they will take. They should also think about a way to explain why they're taking that item.
      E.g. "I'm going to take a hat. Australia is hot."
    4. Groups pair up and students present to the students of the other group.
      • Hello!
      • What are you going to take to Australia?
      • I'm going to take sunscreen. I don't like ひやけ.
    5. Students write down what they're going to take and why. This could be part of a slightly extended passage. E.g. Students could start with a short introduction like "Every year 10 students from [your town name] go to [host country name]. I'm going to go this year (I hope). I'm going to take..."

Basic Dialog

The phone is ringing. Can you answer it?

Sorry, I can't. I'm cooking now.

OK. I will answer it.

Thanks.

Speaking (Review Games)

  • Help the ALT
    This is a writing activity that requires a lot of communicative interplay between ALT and students. Students listen to the plight of the ALT and consider what they will do. Potential for lots of laughs!
  • Plan a picnic
    This walk and talk has students group up in threes (as opposed to the normal pair). Because this will be harder, it may be better to wait for all groups to assemble then start the conversation part. The conversation starts with one student suggesting a picnic:
    • Let's have a picnic.
    • I'll bring ____.
    Each student should say what they'll bring to the picnic. Once all students are finished talking, make new groups and try again. You could also change the event for each round (picnic > party > bbq) if you wish.

Listening Activities

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Basic Dialog

What are you going to do this Sunday?

I'm going to go camping with my family.

That's good. Will it be sunny?

I hope so. It'll be fun. 

Writing (Games)

  • Written Responses
    Students work in groups to create responses to your opening statements.
    E.g. We're going to Hokkaido for vacation! (Response: Will it be cold?)

Speaking (Review Games)

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Listening Activities

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