Term 3 is a popular time for Japanese students to visit your school. Having students visit your class and interact with your students is great fun but it can be nerve-wracking planning enough activities to keep everyone engaged. Here are 3 of my favourite ideas that get your students interacting.
These kahoots are bilingual with questions in one language and answer options in another. This encourages the Australian and Japanese students to talk together to work out each answer. Lots of gestures and laughs to be had. Below are links to two different versions. If you can’t gain access via the link search kahoot for games made by Manten resources or jblog textbooks and should find these. Feel free to make a copy and edit them to better suit your students.
Japanese group quiz re Australia
Japanese visitor quiz
2.Bilingual Amazing Race
Again, this activity is bilingual requiring collaboration between the Japanese and Australian students. There is a free download of an entire game including worksheets, answers, game cards and sound file. The instructions can also be found on our site via the link below.
3.Use your visitors to help with speaking assessments
We run our Year 8 assessment task during the annual school visit from Japan. Our students plan 3 questions to ask the visitors in Japanese and they must answer one question in Japanese. This is all filmed on their mobile phones or devices and submitted. Our students are so excited that their Japanese actually “works” and are often keen to show their parents when they get home.
For our Year 9 students, we ran a joint speaking contest where the students are buddied up for an interview style contest. They worked together in the previous term prior to the visit online, to draft sample answers. When the visitors arrive, they have one lesson to practice face to face and then we run the speech contest in real time. We award a joint trophy and have a pizza and sushi lunch together.
Check out our Facebook page August 4 2017 for more details.You will need to scroll down to that date to find it, sorry!) https://www.facebook.com/mantenresources/