Goal: To get the most amount of people past immigration in a short period of time
Materials: Dice, Shallow box (to keep dice from falling), Origami hat (optional)
Push all desks except for 5-6 to the side of the classroom
Split the students up into teams of 5-6ish
Have students play rock, scissors, paper to decide who sits at the desk first
Students make a line in front of their team member
Students will have 3 minutes to get as many people past the officer as possible.
The officer will ask the first student in line “How long have you lived in Japan?”.
The student will roll the dice and say “For (dice #) years.”
The officer will roll the dice. If the numbers are the same they will say “Welcome to Japan!” and the student will stand behind them. If the numbers aren’t the same, the officer will say “No.” and the student will go to the back of the line to try again.
After the 3 minutes is up count the number of students standing behind the officer. The row with the most students wins.
Switch the officers with a student and play again, this time changing the question to something like “How long have you studied English?” or something.
My goal for this activity is to get them used to the phrase “How long have you…” and how to answer as well as to give them a healthy fear of immigration officials and procedures.
You may want to add more desks than there are rows and split the teams up smaller so each student gets more chances.