I want him to challenge the necromancer


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.

The Sengoku Game

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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.

Pass the Message (Advanced Telephone)

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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.

Sentence Auction


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.

Let's Talk

The "We're Talking" section of New Crown changed to "Let's Talk" in the 2015 edition


  • 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.

Past Participle Hyakunin Isshu

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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.