Example Lesson

Topic Numbers and colors
Level Beginner
Length 90 mins
Course Japanese conversation

  1. Students learn a useful word in asking for things, "kudasai".
  2. Students learn basic colors in Japanese using real items such as clothes that they are wearing and looking at traditional Japanese pictures.
  3. Students learn how to count simple things in Japanese, using lists, mnemonics, chants, and Q & A-style role-plays.
  4. Students do a listening task involving counting questions.
  5. Students are divided into two groups. One group is the shop staff, and the other is customers. Students must figure out the appropriate conversation in each situation.
  6. Outdoor activity: buying flowers
    Students and teacher leave the classroom to visit a nearby flower shop. The teacher videotapes the students as they perform the task. Each student is given the chance to perform.

    Task: Today is your host mother's birthday. You are going to buy her a bouquet of flowers. What do you say to the woman in the shop, Julia?

Sample conversation

Julia) Sumimasen. Hana wo kudasai.
Staff) Dore ga ii desuka?
Julia) Ano pinku no hana wo kudasai.
Staff) Nanbon desuka?
Julia) Sanbon kudasai.

Students and teacher return to the classroom. The teacher provides feedback on the outdoor activity using the video.

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