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Below are activities used in the EigoNoto.com lesson plans. Most require no materials or preparation! Several of the activities have video explanations in Japanese.
Take some time to look around- there's a lot more than just activities at EigoNoto.com!

Janken or Rock-Paper-Scissors

Janken 4's -No materials or preparation! -日本語のビデオ説めもある

THE warm-up activity beginning all of the EigoNoto.com lessons. Works for any language pattern- Teaches conversation skills, too! See an in-class explanation on video

Janken Conversation Rounds -No materials or preparation!

*This activity was chosen by a group of elementary teachers as the main activity for their English classes. It is the best way to teach and practice Conversation Skills. It can be used for meaning- or pattern-focus, and for all of the language structures.

Maru-Batsu (O/X) Game -No materials or preparation!

EigoNoto.com version of the classic Japanese game. Very powerful learning activity.

Hot Potato -No materials or preparation!

A small group creative substitution activity.

Get The Picture (GTP)

see an in-class explanation on video

Pair Karuta -No materials or preparation!

A very simple version of the classic game.

Interview Bingo

see an in-class explanation on video

CROSSFIRE/Linefire

Eraser/Keyword Game

Pair listening activity from the Eigo Noto text.

Ohajiki Game

Listening activity from the Eigo Noto text. A blend of Bingo & Karuta...

Sugoroku

My version of the classic game. NOW it's really communicative! With a link to download the board.

Row Practice/Row Races -No materials or preparation!

Find 3 People -No materials or preparation!

Find 3 People-Tell the Teacher -No materials or preparation!

Liar! Liar! -No materials or preparation!

Hand Sandwich -No materials or preparation!

A fun way to finish off a pair activity (with a winner & loser).

Clue Bingo

Pair Slap -No materials or preparation!

Individual Student Translation

Short notes on how to lessen the stress...

Hebi Janken

Teams compete to get to the end of the line of vocabulary cards first.

Dictionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to say a word they don't know!

Pictionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to draw a word they don't know!

Gestionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to act out a word they don't know!

WYAN- Word You Aleady Know. Students already know a lot of English words- prompt them to tell you what they already know!

Listen, Repeat and Point- Turn on students' power to remember.

Repeat and Change the Pattern Speaking- No materials or preparation!

A simple activity to help students perform short speeches.

Interactive Introduction- No materials or preparation!

A simple step-by-step way to introduce new language patterns. You do the speaking, the students learn the rest as a class.

Drawing an Explanation One Line at a Time- for Grade 5 Lesson 7 What's This?

Black Box Activity Adaptation- Let's all the kids participate, not just one at a time. For Grade 5 Lesson 7

Story Telling in Rounds

Monday, October 19, 2009

From the Ministry of Ed's Practical Handbook for Elementary English Activities  

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There is not a lot of guidance published in English about the goals of the Eigo Noto curriculum.  Below are notes taken from Monkasho’s Practical Handbook for Elementary English Activities.

The goals of International Understanding:


  • Understanding and respect for other cultures
  • Building a strong sense of self as a Japanese as a basis for understanding others
  • Developing basic foreign language skills.
  • Structure of International Understanding
  • Activities to include foreign language conversation, international exchange activities and student research projects, among other things.
English and Foreign Language Learning
  • Ought to include experiential learning, including exposing children to foreign language and daily life in foreign countries.  Asian countries and cultures to be included as well.

Primary Aims
  • English activities for the elementary students are meant to foster interest and desire, not only to teach a foreign language.  It is important that students don’t learn to dislike English.
  • English used in everyday life is a goal, done while having fun, and physically active. 
  • The focus is also on listening to and speaking English, not reading and writing.

Content
  • “It can be said that teachers are required to devise both contents and activities.” (page 124). However, teaching to students’ interests and expectations is expected.  Creating learning activities where students are the main actors is paramount.

What English Should Be Taught?
  • Spoken English
  • Language of interest to students, and found in their daily lives
  • Basic and useful expressions
  • Familiar topics with new, cross-cultural perspectives.

Flexible Use of Time in a Lesson Unit-page 141
  • Pilot School short activities were usually 45 minutes, but short activities of 5 and 20 or 25 minutes, and long activities of 90 minutes, half-day and full-day were also present.
  • School broadcasts, video and/or audio, for 5-10 minutes, 3 or more days per week.
  • Interactive programs, such as bingo games were done
  • Videos were produced with teachers and community members.

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