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Originally submitted by Amy Yosh on Mar 23, 2010.
- Flashcards of the subjects are optional but serve as a good tool for the visual learners. I like the flashcards available at Hapilab as they are a lot more colourful than Eigo Noto's pictures.
- After reviewing the English words for school subjects, discuss subjects learned in other countries. For me, I compared the subjects studied in Canada (ie: French and English are the languages we study).
- Have the students practise the phrase "I study..." along with a random subjects the ALT chooses.
- Split the class into groups and each group forms their own small circle. I usually start with groups of about 4-5. Pick one student from each group to be the 'start'. This students says, "I study...". The next student says, "S/he studies... I study...". The third student follows the same pattern, tacking on what they study at the end. This continues all the way around the circle, and the 'start' student must say all of the sentences.
- Divide the students up into larger groups for a bigger challenge. Depending on class size, I even put the whole class together.
- Sometimes students have problems understanding why "studY" changes to "studIES" when talking about someone else. Use your discretion and either let it slide, or incorporate the 3rd person sentence into your explanation. I had previously gone through this point in Lesson 4 "I like..." versus "He/She likeS..." so this wasn't too much of a concept for my students to understand.
- When the groups get bigger, I like to join in and make myself the last person to say everybody's sentences (without telling the students that I will be doing so). GET INVOLVED and have a bit of fun!
- There is a lot of jostling to get to a spot that isn't 'start' or towards the end of the circle. To avoid this, I wait until they are all in a circle before I announce who the 'start' is.