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BRIEFOUTLINE:
A light-hearted gambling game using the comparative phrase "I like X better than Y." The students must compete to guess the teachers preferences.

Prior to class, interview several teachers using the questions on the worksheet. NOTE: If you don't speak Japanese ask the JTE to do it or help you do it.

In class, teach the students the question, "Which do you like better, ___ or ___?". Also, teach the response, "I like X better than Y."

Ensuring they understand the question and how to answer, tell the students the teachers you interviewed and hand out blank copies of the questionnaire.

Have the students guess how the answers divided up. For example, if you interviewed ten teachers and nine teachers liked melon bread, and only one liked an-pan, then the correct guess is 9:1.

After the students guess the answers to all the questions, go through the answers one-by-one. At this time you can make students say their own preference in chorus. For example, ask which students like okonomiyaki better and then have them say, "I like okonomiyaki better than yaki-soba." This only need continue until the students have grasped the point completely.

Whichever student guessed the split correctly the most times is the winner.

VARIATIONS:

You can do this without interviewing any teachers and just make yourself the subject of the guessing game. It could be used as a kind of mid-term game to see how well the students have got to know you.

TEACHING SUGGESTIONS:

It's a good idea to tell the students precisely who you interviewed and remember who answered what as the students will become very curious.

At one school, the music teacher wrote that she preferred TV to music which came as a shock to the students.

TIPS/CAUTIONS:

It's not usually an issue but ask the teachers if they mind the students knowing which they selected.

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