5th grade, What would you like?
Name of Teacher: NAKAGAWA SHINICHI (JTE); ELOISE PIENAAR (ALT)
Class/Grade/Language Level: 5TH GRADE
Textbook and specific lesson: HI FRIENDS 1: LESSON 9 (WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE?)
Goal: To create a real-life restaurant scenario where the students can use the vocabulary and grammar they have learned for the lesson.
Preparation: Study the vocabulary from Hi Friends 1: Lesson 9; Study the grammar “What would you like?”; Prepare pictures of the dishes to be served before the class; Prepare other props before the class.
Class time: 45 Minutes
The key vocabulary and grammar are studied prior to this class period. After the regular greetings, we start the activity straight away. Mr. Nakagawa explains to the students in Japanese that half of them will be waiting/kitchen staff, and the other half will be customers at a restaurant. The students then split up. The kitchen staff go to another room with Mr. Nakagawa, while the customers remain in the classroom with me. While Mr. Nakagawa tells the waiters how to properly use the props, to take notes of the customers’ orders, I tell the students about Western table manners – knife in right hand, fork in left, etc. If the waiters need a bit more time to get ready, I’ll review the vocabulary with the customers. Then the waiters come back to the classroom, and they begin to take the customers’ orders, using the grammar they’ve learned. They go back to the kitchen, bring out the pictures of the food, and leave while the customers mimic eating. Halfway through the lesson, the groups switch. With big classes it can sometimes take up to two 45-minute lessons to complete this activity.
I like this activity because it gives the students a chance to practice using what they’ve learned in real-life scenarios, which they don’t get to do very often. This is also an ideal activity to team-teach, since it requires two teachers. It does need a bit of preparation before-hand, but I think it’s worth it in the end.