Give students the worksheet. Ask students to choose 5 items to write about in the Let's Teach About Japan section. Depending on students’ level, their sentences could be as simple as “This is a torii gate that is big” or as difficult as “This is a torii gate that is used as an entrance for shrines.”

The 5 sentences they write will be their answers to the next part of the activity.

Teachers should check students’ sentences before starting the next part of this activity.

Let’s Speak:

Students will choose any 5 items from the worksheet and ask 5 students to explain them using a question. Likewise, the question depends on the level. A low level example would be, “What is a torii gate?”. Higher level students could ask: “Do you know what a torii gate is?” or “Could you tell me what a torii gate is?”

At the Let’s Write part, students already have their answers written down so they can just read off their sentences.

If students are asked about an item that they haven't written about they can either say “I don’t know” or try to answer the question. Teachers should encourage students to try to answer the questions even if they don’t have the answers written down.

VARIATIONS:

Have students play Janken with only the winner being able to ask a question.

Turn this into a class activity where students work in groups and compete against each other to teach the ALT about Japanese culture. Every time the group teaches the ALT something new about the culture, they get a point and the group with the most points wins.

TIPS/CAUTIONS:

Students may copy from each other instead of speaking.

Teachers could emphasise the “Let's Speak” part and reward genki students.

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