Do you know Tengu?

Oral communication using the grammar point to describe monsters.

This lesson is a result of discussion at Job Training 2012. Special thanks to Matt Sitchanoff, James Tohill, Alex Aono and Julie Tran.

Start the lesson by first introducing or reviewing the above grammar points. The students will use them for the following activity.

  1. Students get into pairs and each receives a different picture of a monster.
  2. The students perform the following dialogue:
    • Student A: “Do you know (monster’s name) ?”
    • Student B: “Yes” / “No, what is ~ like?”
    • Student A: *Describes the monster with “It has ~” while Student B draws. Student A should wait until Student B finishes the described part of the monster before moving on to the next.
  3. When finished Student B shows their drawing to their partner and compares it to the original. They then swap roles and perform the dialogue again.
  4. When everyone is finished you can end the lesson with a discussion about each monster, its features and what it does.

This lesson is a good opportunity to discuss different monsters, superstitions and legends around the world. It may be interesting to use Greek, Egyptian or Norse monsters that the children may not be familiar with for the activity instead of Japanese monsters or common western monsters.

This activity may also be adaptable to JHS focusing on phrases such as "It has ~".

Junior High
High School
Pictures of monsters, worksheets with space to draw monsters