Class theme/topics discussed:
-Ice breaking game: Number Bingo Game (for intermediate students)
(students write down some number and do bingo game! It would be good for students to remember number in Japanese. Some of them totally forgot vocabulary during summer)
-Checking various kinds of sushi. (For Advanced class students, they could watch a funny youtube video. )
-Talking about modern Japan
How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted students to know the different perception of sushi and Japan between U.S. and Japan.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
How did students react?
-Game was too boring.
-It is difficult for students to discuss the perception of Japan
Did they engage with each other and you?
No, they kept quiet…
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
-A lot of post cards
Please attach a copy.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, it was OK activity. As for an ice breaking game, I never recommended because it was boring.
Why or why not?
It is interesting topic for student to discuss Sushi but I thought students had rare chance to talk in Japanese. I should have included more activities.