Class theme/topics discussed:
– Japanese traditional Tongue Twister (Uirouri, Jugemu)
– “Who am I?” game
1) Write some person/animal/job on the post-it.
2) Pass it around and put it on forehead.
3) Ask something to guess “who am I?” with yes-no question.
– Yamanote line game
1) Decide the topic (Our themes were “Japanese foods” and “country”)
2) Answer related words about the topic while clapping to beat. Don’t say same
How did you pick this theme or topic?
A student asked me to do games or something fun more in the class. So I did a lot of games. And I thought students should remember much more vocabulary.
These games are really good to remember or learn vocabulary.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
As for Jugemu, I gave handouts to students.
How did students react?
It was difficult for them to understand the meaning of old language twister.
They really enjoyed games. Both games help students to enhance their vocabulary.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they tried to use many Japanese words through games.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Please attach a copy.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, but I recommend just two games.
Why or why not?
As for traditional tongue twister, it is a little bit difficult for students to practice and understand the meaning. The games help students to get to know each other and enhance their vocabulary.