Lesson 4-3 The Third lesson - "Can you...?" The Interview Game...

Sep 22 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

"Can you...?" The Interview Game Lesson...

Can you swim? ...

Well, it really feels like ages ago since I had done these classes for Book 2. I really haven't seen the students for about two weeks due to the "Silver Holidays."

Starting the class was simple. A quick greeting and a "long time no see" comment to the kids. I hope they remembered it from the lesson after the summer holidays. The weather too was quite bad; rainy and a little humid so I'm thinking "I've got to keep this lesson fun and active." The kids won't really get a chance to go out and play so some kind of exercise or event in the lesson may help to lift up the mood in the classroom.

You can hear most of the activities below in the audio player, too. But please have a quick read as well so you know what is going on here...

audio player:

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 4-3 - Page 27 - The Interview



Lesson 4 chant Eigo-NotoWe decided to follow the Lesson Notes and start with the chant, that's the Eigo Noto Teacher's guide in English from the publisher and if you don't have one you can link to it from here and get it downloaded. Remember, these lesson notes are based from the pink and green teacher's books in Japanese, so these English Lesson notes are not really complete; meaning that if you want to see the lyrics and "stuff" you will have to suck it up and open up those Japanese Teacher's Books. After the chant the teacher's guide calls for the Interview Games on page 27.

whats on the blackboardThere are actually 2 games/activities in 2 steps. I'll outline the steps but I'll also show our version of it as we go along.

Step 1
Repeat with the class the 9 cards with Q and A of "Can you...?"
Teachers ask Students and then Students ask the Teachers.

We did this and went through all 9 flashcards, but we first practiced the cards
in their basic form in our own kind of chant. It goes like this:

"play baseball ! ... play soccer ..."
"play ping pong! ... play kendama ..." (ping pong is easier for chanting)
"play the piano .... play the guitar... ride a unicycle... make an omelet!" ....."SWIM!" (for the last big bang!)

I'm wondering if any of you readers out there know what the "o'wen" is. Sorry I don't know the kanji for that one but it's a kind of cheering event during special events in Japan such as baseball games, and other sporting events. The big Sports Day event is coming up for the kids and I'll try to post some photos on that later, but I mentioned to the kids that since this "kihon" (basic) chant goes to somewhat of the same rythm as their big drum beats during their Sports Day cheering sessions. I'm sure it helped for practicing the vocabulary but I thought the kids would be more enthusiastic about it and then a Home Room Teacher told me that "this school" won't have "o'wen" this year. Ahh, bummer! ... But we did it for all the classes anyways.

page 26 nine flashcardsNext to keep the pace up, we played the "Last Man (Person) Standing" game that we did last class. This still did really well with the kids and they had a blast. It works a lot better than the modelling and repeating because now the kids have the target language's context to place on a friend or a teacher.

teachers interview answers

Step 2
Ask the class to open up their textbooks to page 27 to play the Interview Game. Students can write their friend's names in the blanks if they get the answer "yes."

Yup, we did it the same way and it worked very well. Here are some photos:

interview pageNow the teaching notes say to get the answer of a "yes" from a friend and write their name in the textbook, but we made a rule of only writing your friend's name only once. This way, the students had to interview at least 9 different people in the class. If they got stuck and couldn't find for example the people who can play the piano, play the guitar or make an omelet, we would all say at the end "Who can play the piano?..." etc and then those few students could finish up and write a name from one of those students who raised their hands in answering "yes, I can."

students doing the interview game

At the end of the game the teaching notes also calls for students to present the results of their interview activities...

We did this too, but we also had volunteers come up to the front of the classroom and present their findings. (Check the audio player.)

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 4-3 - Page 28 - The Show and Tell ActivityLastly, in preparation for the Activity on page 28, the students drew two pictures each of the actions they can do and two pictures of the actions they can't do.

Some things we also pointed out during our consolidation period were:

1. The event of miscommunicating:

Forgetting to say "can" in the sentence may lead to a whole different context. Such as "I can play baseball" vs. "I play baseball"
This may take some translation on the part of the HRT for the kids to really understand. And the way we explained it is like saying in Japanese "Watashi wa yakyu dekimasuyo!" vs. "Watashi wa yakyu yarimasu."

2. The event of misunderstading the accent of "can" and "can't"

Such as "I can't play the piano" vs "I can play the piano."

To support this we asked the class, "Who can't play the piano?" and out of all the hands that went up we picked one student as an example and all said for example: "Yukiko can't play the piano." Just to practice the accent of that finat "T" in can't.

All in all, it went very well and we did get to do some more Engish practice time with the positive and negative statements/versions so students can avoid saying some of those common errors.

Many students did very well with the "I can play ..." but when using another subject such as a name there were a few mistakes like:
"Yukino can-you play soccer" rather than meaning to say "Yukino can play soccer."

"I can play swimming."

end presentation guide

The presentations at the end of the class helped everyone see and notice these common English mistakes and how to easily fix them. These class end presentations are in the audio player so please have a listen. There are also some "check and fix" examples of the kids correcting their mistakes during the interview game.

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