1 Explain that phrases such as Are you well? or How are you? are not used in Japanese as in English and mention how comments about the weather are frequently used with greetings.
2 Organise the class into pairs and give each pair one set of role cards. Make sure they do not read each others cards and give them time to consider individually the language they will need - but discourage too many written notes.
3 As A and B perform the role plays, you have the opportunity to monitor pronunciation and intonation as well as the language used.
4 When they have finished one role play, pairs should exchange cards with another pair - and A in the first role play should play role B in the second.
5 As a follow-on consolidation activity, pairs could work together to write out a complete role play.
1 Ask everyone, working in groups of six, to draw a grid with 4 columns and 5 rows. Column headings are: Name, Relationship, Age, Occupation. They should then enter the names of the other people in their group in the first column.
2 Give everyone a picture (women have a picture of a man and vice versa) and ask them to choose whether the picture is of their wife / husband, friend or girl / boyfriend, how old s/he is and what his/her occupation might be (using the occupations from Unit 2 and any others known to everyone). They should not write this information down or share it with anyone else.
3 You then demonstrate the following questions and answers so that everyone knows the kind of conversation expected of them.
4 Working within their groups of six, people hold similar conversations in pairs and note in their grid the information they are given about the pictures, i.e. relationship to the person talking, age and occupation.
5 Monitor the conversations closely to make sure the correct terms are used for my/your husband, wife, etc.
The completed grids could be used as portfolio evidence.
1 Ask everyone to select six lottery numbers between 1 and 49. Call out 7 random numbers which they check off against their lottery tickets then ask everyone to tell the person next to them which numbers they had chosen (given the odds, no-one is likely to win!)
2 Working in pairs, learners take it in turns to throw two dice and say the numbers formed by the two numbers thrown and their sum, e.g. 5 and 6 give and and
3 Ask everyone to write a list of ten numbers between 10 and 99 in figures. Working in pairs, first A reads his/her list of numbers out and B notes them down in figures. They then change roles. Finally the two lists are compared and any discrepancies sorted out.
4 In groups of five or six, the class plays bingo. Everyone draws a grid 4x3 and fills it with random numbers between 1 and 100. One person per group calls out numbers which the others cross off their grid as they hear them.
It is not suggested that all these activities are used one after the other. Numbers need constant revision and these activities are useful fillers.