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Guess Who Game Show ICP

The aim of the KICP is to encourage the students to speak with foreigners in English and develop an interest in people from other countries. The game show format makes it fun and exciting and helps break down some of the nerves the students may have about speaking with strangers.

It takes roughly 6 lessons and works best at the end of the first grade when the students have developed their speaking skills through the hamburger shop/asking directions/answering the telephone modules.

Society Changers

INTRODUCTION:

In EUB, a reading course, we spent a unit focusing on two people whose actions have positively affected the lives of many people in their homelands and around the world: Wangari Maathai and Muhammad Yunus, both of whom have won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work.

ACTIVITY:

At the end of the unit students were asked to form pairs and then do the following:

International Festivals Project

INTRODUCTION

Students present an international festival in pairs to the class using pictures and music.

ACTIVITIES

1 .Introduce students to an international festival in class with a presentation including a lot of pictures. This is a sample of the the final product expected from them. (Can also be used as a listening comprehension exercise.)

Give them a list of examples (with one or two pictures) of many interesting world festivals e.g. La Tomatina, Rio Carnival, Orange Throwing festival, Chinese New Year etc.

Movie Skits

Movie Skits

Presentation must be conducted entirely in English!

Groups of 2-4

Groups will choose a movie scene in English, with the goal of translating the dialogue into Japanese, and then dramatically performing (or re-enacting) the scenes in front of their classmates to convey the meaning.

After each presentation observing students will complete a short, anonymous assessment with comments on the performance to be given to the groups as constructive feedback at the end.

Peer assessment can include:

Travel Pamphlets

Travel pamphlets are everywhere in Japan, and all JHS 3rd graders go on a big school trip to somewhere they’ve likely never been before.  So why not combine the two, and English?

First class:  I explained the scope of the project and showed both my own example pamphlet and a large number of English pamphlets I have collected during my own travels in Japan.

As it takes a lot to write a paragraph of English text, students worked in groups, with one student writing one paragraph.  Each individual made a pamphlet that contained the group’s combined writing.

Sales Team

Goal

The students have to tell me and their classmates and the OTE persuasively why they should buy a particular product.

Method

Explain the goal and give your own very dramatic portrayal of a sales presentation.

Graduation Message Book

Students write a note of paragraph-length or so as a final message in English to their friends.

In the first class, you’ll want to explain the topic and give them an example, and explain style elements and phrases of English graduation messages such as the classic “I will miss you all”.

Next, students write their messages, the ALT corrects and returns them and students write the final version.

Finally, the ALT copies and assembles the books.