1 Divide the class in two and tell them that the two groups (A and B) represent hotels in two different towns in Japan give names to the hotels and differentiate by telling A that they are in the luxury category while B is a more modest establishment. Ask the groups to decide (without telling the other group) what facilities there are / are not in their hotels and towns and which days amenities are open and closed. They should all make a note of the shared information.
2 Then arrange the class into pairs, each pair made up of one member from the A and B large groups. Explain that their objective is to ask questions in Japanese to find out as much as they can about the other's hotel and town e.g.
A asks Pru wa arimasu ka or Suptsu senta wa arimasu ka and B replies according to his/her written information. A makes a note of all information received.
3 They then change roles and B finds out about As hotel, also noting all the information received.
4 When both A and B have the information they need, they change partners with another pair. This time, A relays to the different member of the B group the information s/he has received. B should either confirm with s desu ka or correct any conflicting information, e.g. dorai kuriingu wa arimasen. They then change roles.
5 An alternative way of concluding the activity is for the class to return to the original groups A and B to prepare a short presentation about their facilities and to delegate one member from each group to deliver the presentation.
1 Arrange the class in groups of 4 or 8 and give everyone within a group a different copy of the grid.
2 Explain that the objective is to find out where all the people listed down the left-hand side are by asking the other members of the group, e,g, Suzuki-san wa doko ni imasu ka. If the person asked has that information, s/he must pass it on, otherwise s/he apologises and says s/he doesnt know.
3 When everyone has located all the people, put the master copy on the OHP and, pointing to each name in turn, provide additional listening practice by repeating both positive and negative statements, e.g. Suzuki-san wa furonto ni imasen. Raunji ni imasu.
Alternatively, learners stay in their groups and each person in turn confirms to the others the whereabouts of the original person(s) on his/her list.
1 Present the matrices to the class to reinforce simple sentence structures.
2 Ask your class, working in groups of two, three or four, to imagine they're describing their home town/village to someone from Japan. Give them a fixed time (10-15 minutes) to come up with as many simple statements as they can, e.g.
An element of competition enhances this activity.
3 At the end of the time allowed, each group reads out one of their statements in turn until all the prepared statements are exhausted. The activity can be further consolidated and/or extended by asking questions to the group as a whole, e.g. Is there a Chinese restaurant? Is there a supermarket? Is it open every day?