By Elisa Rudolph, 3 October, 2018

This is for the Lesson 5, GET 2, aka 'who' and 'which' sentences.

By Karina Zic, 15 February, 2018

It's Cards Against Humanity but Appropriate For School™!

This was made with my 3nensei kids in mind. Add/edit/whatever you need to make things fun.

I reccommend printing the cards on different coloured construction paper.

By Joy Sung, 10 October, 2017

I found this game on ALTInsider and modified it for my 2nd-year students' 2nd semester mid-term review. I also modified a few aspects of the game to adjust for classroom space and other things. 



By Joy Sung, 28 March, 2017

These ideas were brainstormed at SDC Jan 2017 in a lesson crowd-sourcing seminar. Many thanks to Joshua Gourdie, Matthew McClellan, Sarah Blackwell, Sara Shaw, Jian-xin Tay, and John Scanlan. 

Although the examples are for 2nd year grammar, they can be adapted for 1st and 3rd years as well. 

1. Go Fish: Instead of asking "Do you have ~" to get cards, ask "Will you~?" /"Can you ~?" / "Could you/would you~?" 

By Jamie Watterson, 23 March, 2017

his lesson  was created at Job Training 2012 by Rachael Bowyer, Elisabeth Leaf, Stephanie Bradley, Donal Benson, and Jessica Cheung.

Using existing past papers students will get into groups to create their own tests for other students to take. This is to improve their understanding of the material and the format of the Eiken test. This can range from a two-lesson activity to a long-term project over two months.

By Jamie Watterson, 23 March, 2017

This lesson was created at Job Training 2012 by Aisling O’Grady, Elizabeth Taylor, Alexander Maas, Jason Davis, and Mairi Holtzner.

By Peter Swan, 23 March, 2017

Just a dumb little activity for giving the kids a bit of basic practice with ‘want X to Y’.

1. ALTs introduce students to the scenario: an evil wizard has taken control of a small town on the outskirts of Kobe, and has begun construction of a deep dungeon from which he will begin a conquest of the free world. As the leader of a guild of adventurers, the students must select eight brave warriors from among their classmates to fulfil the roles needed to conquer the dungeon.

By Peter Swan, 23 March, 2017

Students are divided into teams, preferably six. Each team nominates a leader, and on their turn the leader comes to the blackboard.

They say the name of a Japanese prefecture, such as Hyogo. They then have thirty seconds (or a full minute for first years) to come up with a word that starts with each letter of the prefecture. For example, Hello You Orange Great October. No repeats, and the words must have at least three letters.

By Bridget Cassie, 23 March, 2017

The task sheet that is included here is specifically for JHS 3, however I did use this one with JHS 2. The main purpose of this was to promote English communication outside of class.

Big thanks to Patrick – this task sheet idea is his.

By Bridget Cassie, 23 March, 2017

1. Begin with a skit between the ALT and OTE. This skit can be replaced by a video and can also be changed up according to the person.

By Bridget Cassie, 23 March, 2017

1 Demonstration

OTE: “Let’s eat lunch…..Oh no, I forgot my lunch!”

ALT: “Don’t worry, you can share with me” (ALT brings out their hamburger lunchbox) – note it doesn’t need to be  hamburger.

OTE: “What’s that? Your lunchbox?”

ALT: “It is made of plastic, it looks like a hamburger, it is made in japan, it tastes like plastic” (OTErepeats after me to confirm each sentence).

By Latoyaa Roberts, 22 March, 2017

Students are placed in groups with even numbers if possible. The students make a line. The student at the beginning of each line is given a card with a sentence on it. The first student tries to memorize the sentence for approximately one minute. The card is then taken away from the student. When the teacher says start, the student must pass the message to his/her classmate by whispering. The message is passed along the line until it reaches the last person at the back. The last student writes the message and then carries it to the teacher.

By Laura Young, 22 March, 2017

Make a handout with 20 sentences on it. 13 sentences should be correct. 7 sentences should be incorrect in some way.

Students will work in their groups to review the 20 sentences in the handout. They are to decide A) which sentences are correct and which are incorrect, and B) the changes needed for the incorrect sentences.

Each group will receive a set amount of money to buy sentences.

Students must bid on sentences as they’re called out randomly one at a time. They are then told if the sentence is good or bad.

By Laura Young, 22 March, 2017


Set up the word search game board in Excel. Choose how many rows you want, i.e. 10×10

Put the students into teams.

By John Box, 21 March, 2017


  • The class has covered the relevant language included in the dialogue
  • The students have two sessions to complete this activity.


  1. Preparation − Rewrite the dialogue in the “We’re Talking” lesson that you are teaching, leaving out parts of the text that you want to target. Add or remove parts of the text to make it more interesting/authentic. Provide some ideas or an example to assist students to complete the task.
By Karyn Ang, 15 March, 2017

It’s difficult to memorize the past participle, but this karuta game hopefully makes it a little easier (and more fun).

Make a list of irregular verbs to be used in the game. My list has 28 verbs.

Make 2 sets of cards – the yomifuda (reading cards) with the present and past tenses & the torifuda (karuta cards) with the past participle. It helps to color them differently.

I played it in 2 lessons.

In the first lesson, we read the list out loud a few times before we played the game. I was the reader (yomite).

By Jason Bigelow, 20 July, 2016

This is a bingo based interview lesson.


Give students the worksheet, so they can see the questions to be used during the explanation.

By Jovel Morgan, 16 June, 2016


The students play in teams (rows or groups) and they play in rotations within their team.

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