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Go: JHS GrammarTakuya Kimura's Best Friend



BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: A previous game I created


GRAMMAR: Verb Past Tense

EXAMPLE: I went to the zoo yesterday.

DATE ADDED: May 14, 2008


    Large Classes (16-39 Students)Ó


35-50 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINEStudents learn the usage of the past tense while investigating a Japanese musician from SMAP, Takuya Kimura.



Preparation Needed:

  • Cut out the answers that are in Japanese and paste them to 5 cardboards. Each cardboard should have the answer to A, B, C, D or E. If teachers want students to practice their ability to understand English, they should give students the answers that are in Japanese. If teachers want students to practice reading English, then use the answers that are in English.
  • Feel free to replace A, B, C, D, E with real names.

  1. Writing Exercise: To prep for the main activity, have students translate the Japanese sentences into English. Make sure students know the past tense for the verbs. Teachers could walk around and check students’ answers before approaching to the main activity.
  2. Main Activity:
    • Just like the Company Game, a previous game I created, students interview each other and fill-in the blanks and match-up the answers to find Takuya Kimura’s best friend.
    • Ask for 5 volunteers to be the interviewees (A, B, C, D, E) and divide the rest of the class into groups of 4-5 to be the interviewers. Make sure to tell the volunteers to only answer if the students ask them in English & make sure they know how to answer in English.
    • In their group, students should decide who they want to interview; each student should at least ask one person (A, B, C, D, E) the 4 questions. Once the student gathers the answers to the 4 questions, the student will return to his/her group and share the answers.
    • When the group gathers all the answers to A, B, C, D, and E, they will ask the teachers the 4 questions at the bottom of the worksheet. Last, students will match up the teacher’s hints with the answers and find out who is Takuya Kimura’s best friend.
  3. Writing Exercise Again: Depending on how much time you have left, have students write a few sentences about what they did last weekend.


  • Depending on how energetic your students are, you might need to think of more active warm up games to prep them for the activity.
  • For a few minutes short warm up, I made a list of “Did you ~ yesterday / last weekend” questions and asked students. If their answer is “yes” they will either stand up or say “Yes” and if their answer is “no” they will sit down or say “no.” Teachers might want to consider asking students the questions on the worksheet as warm up to ensure understanding of the questions and pronunciations.
  • Once students get familiar with the questions, ask the JTE the questions in English and the JTE will answer in simple Japanese. Then students will translate what the JTE said in English. This will prepare students for the writing exercise.


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