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Greetings from My Country

SUBMITTED BY: Ryan Fisher 

SUGGESTED TOPIC: Greeting

E-GO EDITED BY: Mooloo

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: A game from Saint Elsewhere

DATE ADDED: Feb 17, 2010

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15-30 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE:

Card-switching game involving the greetings from the various countries learned in this lesson.

 

 

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Country flag cards (not included) - you will need two copies of each flag to use so students can form pairs. For a class of 30 students you'll will need fifteen sets of different flags. Check out Englipedia's flags. They are not as flashy as MES English's country flags but they get the job done, and you can choose from any flag in the world.
    2. Stopwatch - for variation

 

DETAILED EXPLANATION:

  1. Make sure students are comfortable using the various greetings and the phrase, "I'm from...". For example, "Jambo! I'm from Kenya!" and "Me, too!"
  2. Pass one card to every student, placing it inside their EN book, and ask them not to look at it.  Another idea of passing out the cards is to openly hand out a card to each student then have them 'blindly' pass the cards around face down for about 30 seconds.
  3. Have them sit down until you say "GO!". At this point, students stand up and find a friend.
  4. Once paired, they play janken (play rock, scissors, paper) in English (1, 2, 3, go!).
  5. The winner says their greeting and where they are from. The loser also says their greeting and where they are from. BUT, if they are from the same country the Janken loser says, "Me, too!" In this case they both sit down. In the case of different countries they say goodbye and continue until they have found their match.
  6. Play continues until all students are sitting down.

 

 

VARIATIONS:

  • Make it a "class competition" where the classes are competing against each other to beat the best time. This will help create a feeling of unity within the class rather than a race to beat each other individually. Students seem to like this. Let them play once or twice before you alert them of the competition. Watch the time it takes them to complete the task drop-off by the minutes!

 

TEACHING SUGGESTIONS:

  • Use this activity at anytime, but more as a warm-up activity to review the greetings and other target English.
  • The title of the game has been stated above, but game titles are a superb way to teach 'useful expressions'. The user may choose to rename the activity to something like, 'Pass the Card!' game or something of that nature. However, the title given may also be useful as well. For example, 'Criss-Cross' at my school has been formally changed to the name 'Which Way?' since the students can relate ''WW?' much easier.

 

TIPS/CAUTIONS:

  • Be sure to practice the target language and 'useful expressions'. If your HR teacher does not like to add 'useful expressions' not taught in the EN, please respect his/her wish.
  • If you promise a reward, such as a sticker, be careful not to break your budget. Consult your English activities adviser at the school and/or Vice Principal or Principal. There may be a budget set aside for that sort of thing.

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