Class theme/topics discussed:
Noun (Explain what it is in Japanese)
How do you kill the time (Discussion)
How did you pick this theme or topic?
Practice how to explain the word by own their words.
Discuss and tell their opinions
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Explaining the word:
They picked up the one card from the box and had to explain.
I let them to write down 6~7 NOUNS, and put them into the box. I divided to 2 pairs. This time, students had to explain the meaning by their own words.
This is the practice for them to explain the words more specificly as possible they can.
How do you kill the time:
I listed up some occasions when those blank times possibly happened. Also, I listed up something to do when you want to kill the time.
How did students react?
They really enjoyed it!! And, It was good practice for them to remember their memories and tried to explain very hard! That was really good exercise. And that was really good discussion time for them and me to tell their opinions. They engaged very well.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they engaged with each other very well, and they asked me a lot of questions, which was really good time!
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Handout « How do you kill the time » See the attachment.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Why or why not?
It worked very well. Students were having fun with explaining and guessing the word. This exercise is also good for them to explain the words by their own word, which they picked up from the box. Another good point is they tried to think first how she/he is going to explain that word to their friends. Also, it has to be clear for them to understand. Also, Discussing “How do you kill the time when you are…” was so much fun! Students and I recognized how we are addicted to cell phone in daily life. We discuss using cell phone is OK for them in other occasions, too. We could talk the advantages and disadvantages about it. It was really nice discussion time.