Describing Something Japanese in English!

By Bridget Cassie, 23 March, 2017
Junior High
2 3
To use listening, writing and speaking to explain something Japanese in English to a foreigner
attached worksheet, dictionaries, smiles

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).

OTE: “So it’s a lunchbox…?”


Check their understanding with a quick quiz – “What does ALT’s lunchbox taste like?” “What is Bridget’s lunchbox made of?” (Japanese answers are ok).

2 The OTE introduces the grammar on the blackboard – ‘It is made from,’ ‘it is made of,’ ‘it is made in.’ The grammar is mostly explained in Japanese. Follow this explanation on the board with a quick quiz – “Wine is made _____ grapes (from),” “Cheese is made _________ milk (from)” and any others you wish to add to check that they understand the grammar.

3 Hand out the worksheet. Let students know they will be making a quiz. Read and repeat 1-6 off the worksheet with them. Now all the students need to pick something Japanese and write some hints about this item just like the example on their worksheet. Provide them with a few examples, such as takoyaki, yukata, japanese fan, samurai, etc. It is important to tell them that these hints are for a quiz and that they should keep the subject a secret.

Now the students make their own quiz (with the teachers walking around the classroom checking grammar and helping them with any difficulties).

4 Once they have finished, they need to practice saying the hints aloud and then if there is time we will start the quiz.

~ In the case that there is not enough time, use the quiz as a warm-up game for the next class, allocating ten minutess at the beginning of their next class.


From my experience this would probably be best suited for well-behaved classes. However I'm sure you could alter a few things here and there to suit whatever 3rd grade students you will be teaching. Also you can change the worksheet accordingly and also the demonstration can be changed most definitely. Also I would suggest making sure you tell the students that number 6 on the worksheet is not about the daifuku, but about a chair and is not related to the first five hints. Otherwise they will write about okonomiyaki and say "this plate is made of paper."


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