Class theme/topics discussed: The expression of “If I were~, I would do~.”
1. Warm up activity: “Saikoro Talk” (deciding a topic what they talk using a dice)
At first, students decide six topics using subjunctive expressions and number cards. One student shoots a dice and talks about the topic on the card which is the same number of the dice.
2. Role Play: “If I were a manager of hotel, I would do~”
Half of students become a manger of hotel and the others are customers. Customers have to complain everything about hotel. The hotel staffs need to deal with a lot of problems. All managers have a meeting and make a decision what and how they improve the hotel’s situation.
How did you pick this theme or topic?
Sometimes I felt students did not correctly use the subjunctive expressions in conversation. So I decided to do the above activities.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts, group discussion and group work
How did students react?
They loved to decide a topic by a dice! Some students asked me to do a dice talk again. As for the role play, they did not like it so much. They don’t want to pretend someone, but be themselves.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.
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?
I will recommend an only dice talk.
Why or why not?
As for a dice talk, it would be great tool for leading conversation. On the other hand, role play was a little bit boring for students because students really need the real life situation. If they wanted to become a hotel staff in the future, the activity would be good for them. Role play might be good for the class in Mason, but not for conversation class.