Activity

Passport Activity (I want to/I will/I'm going to)

A personalized conversation activity with no writing. Students ask and answer questions with each other using target grammar, based on a travel itinerary they create.

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a good day and find this activity helpful.

This is a speaking activity used to practice "I'm going to ~~", and "I'm going to (verb) ~~" (ex: I'm going to Italy, I'm going to eat pizza"). However, it can also be used for "I will ~~." and "I want to ~~". My grade 1 JHS students had a lot of fun with it, and it involves a bit of personalization while still being easy to understand. Please feel free to use the powerpoint provided and change anything about the target grammar, the locations used and the options within it. I suggest using places the students are interested in!

Target Grammar
NOTE: Can be changed to "I WANT TO go to/eat/see/visit" or "I WILL go to/eat/see/visit" with similar responses.

① “Where are you going?” “I’m going to (country).”
② “Where are you going to visit?” “I’m going to visit (city).”
③ “What are you going to eat?” “I’m going to eat (food).”
④ “What are you going to see?” “I’m going to see (sight).”

Materials
- Powerpoint
- Passport worksheets
- Pencil/Pen

Basic Instructions (detailed lesson plan below)
Give students a worksheet that they can fold into a passport book. Students circle what they want to do on their trip (choosing between countries, cities, foods and sightseeing spots). Students then have conversations with each other using “I’m going to~”, based on what they circled. After the conversation, students sign each other’s passport books. Clarify that you choose an option within one country. So, you can’t go to Italy, visit Hawaii, eat barbecue and see the Rocky Mountains.

(Longer version: Students can write their own location, city, food, sights, etc. If they have time/ability).
(Shortened version (10 minutes): Use Japanese locations that are familiar to the students, as well as sights that are familiar. This reduces time spent practicing foreign words or showing photos of foreign locations. You can also reduce the number of places.)

Preparation
- Think about what options you want to give the students (where they can go, what they can do), and make changes to the powerpoint if you want to.
- Print the worksheets

Lesson Plan (25 minutes)
1. Give out worksheets to students, and ask them to fill out name, date and class. Show students how to fold the worksheet into a passport (fold once top-to-bottom, then again side-to-side. Sorry, I’m not good at origami…)

  1. Introduce the goal (3 minutes)

  2. Example (2 minutes): Show an example by choosing your own itinerary (Ex: I am going to Italy...Rome...Pizza...Gondola.). Circle each option on the board.

  3. Location Pronunciation Practice (0-5 minutes): Go through each country and practice pronunciation for each visit, food and see option. (If you change everything to Japanese places/super-familiar locations, you can probably skip this.)

  4. Filling out the worksheet (2 minutes): Students circle where they want to go (they probably already started circling as you were talking earlier). While they are circling, write the target grammar on the board. ***NOTE: If students have time/ability, they can write their own locations and options.

  5. Model conversation with HRT/JTE using target grammar. (1 minute)

  6. Pronunciation Practice 2 (1 minute): Practice the target grammar with the students. They can fill in the options they chose in their answer.

  7. Conversation START! Students walk around and ask each other where they are going. (Remaining time, 5 minutes or more). After asking/answering 2-3 questions (you decide and tell the students beforehand), students can sign each other’s passports in the “signatures” section.

Good luck!! This is my first submission on ALTopedia, so please let me know if there is any issue or if you have a question!

Files:
Small files
  • Passport.docx (212 KB)
  • Passport.pdf (430 KB)
  • Medium files (requires an account to download) -
  • Travel Itinerary Photos.pdf (1.54 MB)
  • Travel Itinerary Photos.pptx (23.4 MB)
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    Submitted by IsobelF March 7, 2024 Estimated time: 10-25 minutes
    1. Tsaisensei April 16, 2024

      This looks so easy and well-planned out! Great job! I'm inspired! I'm gonna try this with my kids!

    2. lwerner23 May 30, 2024

      This is such a great idea!! I am adapting it a little bit in terms of changing the destinations to familiar Japanese ones to cut down on explanation time. I'm super excited to try it!!

      I have a question about how you made the worksheet! How did you flip the top half upside-down so that you can fold the paper? I don't have Word on my computer, so I'm using Google Drive. If you remember how you did it or have any pointers I'd love to hear em!

    3. IsobelF June 5, 2024

      For Iwerner23, thank you for your kind comment!
      The file in the post can be printed as-is. It's designed so when you fold the top half down, everything will be right-side up.

      If you want to make one of your own, I'll give some advice! I did make the worksheet in Word, but it should work in Drive as well! Everything on the front and back covers are upside-down. To make them upside-down, they need to be objects you can move around and rotate (instead of text written into the page). So, in my worksheet, the passport cover and the signatures are images, and the "signatures" sign is a text box (text boxes float on the page and can be moved and rotated easily). You need to click on the picture/text you want to be on the front cover, and flip it to be upside-down. This can be done with the "adjustments" tool, I think! Do this with all the front- and back-page items. If google docs doesn't work, you can also use slides, which is easier sometimes.

      Good luck! I know you can do it!

    4. IsobelF June 5, 2024

      Hello Iwerner23! Thank you for your kind comment! It makes me so happy that students at other schools can use and enjoy this activity :).

      I made the top half upside-down by individually rotating/flipping everything that was meant for the front and back cover. The passport cover and stamps are images, and the "signatures" sign is a text box, so all of them are easy to rotate. So, I had to flip everything one at a time, but it wasn't too hard!

      I'm sure you can do it! Good luck!

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