Countries

Story Time!

INTRODUCTION

I did a lesson on Australian animals, where I introduced the vocabulary whilst reading the famous Australian children’s story Possum Magic by Mem Fox. I also had a copy of the same book in Japanese (ポスおばちゃんのまほう) which was read by the Home Room Teacher (HRT). This idea could be adapted to suit a variety of different sets of vocabulary, depending on the chosen story book.

"What do you want to do?" BINGO

PREPARATION:

Find 5 large, clear pictures of common places (e.g. park, my friend’s house, beach, school, station) or famous cities (New York, London, Tokyo, Seoul, Toronto) and 5 large, clear pictures of common activities (watch TV, listen to music, eat ice cream, etc). If possible, label each picture clearly and legibly. Print out 2 sets.

ALT draws a large 5×5 grid on the whiteboard/chalkboard.

Set up the x-axis for places and the y-axis for activities.

I want to go to 'Murica! Countries Bingo Board Game

Perhaps the only thing that kids love more than bingo and board games is a FUSION of both!

I came up with this idea because in some classes the classroom was too small for moving around in and the kids got too rowdy during exciting games. And the kids. Love. Bingo. And board games. SO. MUCH. (Not to mention that it's more about luck than skill, so even kids who aren't good at English have a chance at winning.)

My Original Country!

A lesson devised to build upon the suggesting finished activity for Eigo Noto 2‘s “I want to go to Italy.” topic, in which students learn to express desires, and reasons for having them.

Rather than choosing an existing country to visit—as suggested by the textbook—students work in groups to imagine a new country, name it, design its flag and map, and reasons for visiting their country in the process.

International Country Quiz

This lesson is best used as a fun team activity. Assign the class into teams however works best, and give each team a large card that says "TRUE" on one side and "FALSE" on the other. Then simply go through the prezi linked below - read the fact, countdown from 5 or so for the students to raise their guess, and record the points on the board or paper (this works best if you can remember the correct answers).