The goal of this lesson is to give students the opportunity to use skills they already have, in a simulated, but realistic situation, with Japanese-speakers. They will need to rely on their own language skills to succeed. The lesson is designed to be challenging, but fun and confidence-building. Students will work together and may speak to each other in English, but as would be the case if they were on a visit to Japan, none of the “shopkeepers” (presenters) will speak in English, or understand their English. The atmosphere will be very supportive and encouraging.
- Knowledge of numbers and counters
- Typical grammar used for shopping, expressions of comparison etc.
- Familiarity with hiragana- all vocabulary will be written in hiragana
- Volunteers will introduce themselves to the class, and the students can introduce themselves as well. For smaller classes they can say their name, age, what grade they are in etc. and for larger classes they can say はじめまして、their name, and よろしくおねがいします。
- After introductions the lead Presenter will start the presentation with an overview and discussion about the different places you can go shopping in Japan.
- Next the presenter will introduce the 4 places the class is going shopping at today (コンビニ、郵便局、おもちゃ屋、本屋、) and review the vocabulary and grammar needed for shopping.
- Each group will receive 3 envelopes, which tell a story about their day in Japan, split into 3 parts. They have 1万円 to use throughout their ‘day’.
- The students must then, as a group, work within their budget to get what they need based on their given situation. This will involve determining where to go for what items and which items to buy. Finally, each group will report to the teacher or to a volunteer how much they began with, what they bought and how much change they have left.
Presentation Powerpoint for Teachers’ Reference: Shopping Presentation