"Interview Game" activity (all grades and levels)

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Name of Teacher: Melissa Reed (Yunomae-Machi)

Class/Grade/Language Level: any

Textbook and specific lesson:can be tailored to any

Goal:Review simple questions or learn more complex target sentence

Preparation: Copies of handout. Handouts: various topics or sports topic or various activities

Class time:10-15 minutes

This lesson can be used for many different lessons, and students of all ages love it. I call this game “Scavenger Hunt,” but Japanese students know it as “Interview Game.”

First, hand out the worksheets and explain the instructions. Complete a demonstration skit with your JTE like the following:

A: Hello. Do you like natto?
B: Yes, I do.
A: Please sign here. Thank you.

OR

A: Hello. Do you like natto?
B: No, I don’t.
A: OK. Thank you.

Practice the target sentence and read over the vocabulary words on the worksheet to make sure that everyone understands. The goal of the game is to be one of the first people finished. Students must all stand up and walk around the classroom asking the target sentence on the worksheet (for example: Do you like baseball?). If Student B says “yes” to Student A’s question, Student B must sign the line below. Students MUST write their names in romaji for it to count and CANNOT have the same person sign the same paper twice. Once finished, students must sit down. The first three people finished are winners.

Watch out for the students clustering in the back of the classroom. To avoid this, remind them that it’s a race, and they MUST get different people to sign their papers, not the SAME person.


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