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SUBMITTED BY: Carlee Miller / Lewis Gibson

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GRAMMAR: 'Where' Question

EXAMPLE: Where is Shun Oguri?

DATE ADDED: Dec 01, 2009


                   Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)Ó


05-15 min.

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Brief Outline: This is an information gap exercise where pairs of students ask each other the question, "Where is....?"


Materials Needed:


Detailed Explanation:

  1. After students get into pairs, one student receives worksheet A and the other student receives B. One student starts by asking their partner "Where is ...?"  They listen to the other person explain and write the person's name on their own worksheet.  Then, they switch roles and repeat.
  2. The first couple of times, the answer will need to reference Shun Oguri for directions, as both worksheets have Oguri Shun, but after they start receiving more answers, they can start using other names.



  • Change the pictures and names for whichever popular game, movie or real life character, you feel would be a hit with the students.  For that matter, even students' names could be used
  • Instead of using the worksheet, if you class is big enough. You could ask the question, "Where is (student's name here)?" and then pick a student to answer using themselves as the reference point. Depending on the level of the students, you might want to write some directional phrases on the board for them to use.


Lewis' worksheet:

  1. I cut a row off each of the A and B worksheets and put them on a seperate worksheet. The students use this to ask me questions in order to get the gist of the game and the grammar. I also included only three sentences in the toolbox in order to make it more simplistic for the students.
  2. The students each recieve the "Where Is Ask Me" worksheet. After going over the character names, the sentence ''where is ~'' and the responses listed in the tool box, the students take turns raising their hands and asking the ALT ''Where is ~'' for example: ''Where is Ken Watanabe?'' The ALT then responds with the appropriate answer by checking the answer sheet e.g ''He is below Pikachu''
  3. After students get into pairs, one student receives worksheet A and the other student receives B. One student starts by asking their partner "Where is ...?" They listen to the other person explain and write the person's name on their own worksheet. Then, they switch roles and repeat
  4. At the end of class draw a grid on the board and draw Shun Oguri in the top left corner of the grid. Then start asking questions e.g. ''where is Goku'' to which the students should volunteer by raising their hand and answer ''He is next to Shun Oguri''. Do this one by one until the grid is full, allowing the students to check their answers.


Teaching Suggestions:

  • As for small class sizes, I used this game for a class of two students. It can also work with only one student if you or the JTE pair up with the student.





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