Lesson 1-3 The Third lesson - Introducing your self with a positive attitude...

May 15 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

Now here we are in the third and last lesson of Unit 1. This Eigo Notebook lesson begins again with a review of the “Hello Chant” but with a little twist. The students this time had to sing their own first name into the song by saying "Hello, Hello, I'm Kenji... Well, it bombed! (I tried..) and was done with only a little enthusiasm from the kids mainly in part because the rhythm may get a little strange if you happen to have a very long Japanese first name. There is also a ball passing technique to create practice conversations although I wanted more of the kids speaking so it was basically set as an introduction and review for the next activity.

To soften things up a little bit, I decided to add in a mini-exercise which is called “Chinese Whispers” or as known in Japan as the “Dengon Game.”

Basically the kids will go through the dialogue of the chant in rows from the front person to the last person in the back. The first person speaks with the person sitting behind him or her and they do this consecutively until the last two students in the back of the row have spoken to each other and then it is done again from the back to the front.

For this type of game, I would recommend using something as a baton, and the easiest and quickest thing to get a hold of is something such as a color marker, a card, or even a real baton from the gym supply room to keep the kids in focus while they are speaking in English. It’s an English teaching technique I have used many times to get the students to focus on finishing their English "Target Language" before passing on the baton. The person next in line is advised not to accept the baton until they have both finished the game's assignment of a mini greeting and self-introduction.

Eigo Note Book 1 Page 6 Activity 1 The exercise proved to work well with the kids and they were ready for the next Eigo Notebook exercise. This time it’s a mini listening quiz with four items and if you have seen the Eigo Note Textbook 1 you’ll know it is really quite easy but it is also a good confidence builder for young students learning English in Japan. The last item is quite interesting since it is actually a native speaker I believe posing as a Japanese student, and of course, the students realized this quickly and there were soon many laughs and giggles in all of my assigned classes.

Since there are a few lessons assigned for each unit in the Eigo Note, our next activity was to make name cards again but this time for a name card exchange game.

Please note that I may use the term “game” quite often but they are just actually very good exercises and drills for the students to get them to study and speak English repeatedly with a great deal of enthusiasm by calling it a game. You might be surprised if you actually count how many times you can get English students in Japan to repeat a certain target language item in a game.

I definitely recommend to use fun English games when you teach English to kids or very young children in Japan.

Here are a few examples of the cards that were made:

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The students basically made 8 cards each in class on an A4 sheet folded ??? times to make 8 cards (I'll let you figure that one out...) and exchanged them with each other while speaking in English of course using an English greeting and a self-introduction. Plus with a kind “Nice to meet you,”“Thank you,” and “Good-bye” for the finish. I recommend asking the students to save one card for the teacher or ALT so they all get a chance to speak with the English Teacher or the Home Room Teacher.

Also, the name cards can be gathered for another purpose. I actually made a collage of name cards like a poster for each class.

When I teach English to children I always love doing group interviews since it gets all the kids moving around and speaking English freely all at once and boosts their English speaking time.

I would also like to say that teaching English to kids can be very rewarding and when you see them using English without too much coaxing it can be very rewarding indeed.

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