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Below are activities used in the EigoNoto.com lesson plans. Most require no materials or preparation! Several of the activities have video explanations in Japanese.
Take some time to look around- there's a lot more than just activities at EigoNoto.com!

Janken or Rock-Paper-Scissors

Janken 4's -No materials or preparation! -日本語のビデオ説めもある

THE warm-up activity beginning all of the EigoNoto.com lessons. Works for any language pattern- Teaches conversation skills, too! See an in-class explanation on video

Janken Conversation Rounds -No materials or preparation!

*This activity was chosen by a group of elementary teachers as the main activity for their English classes. It is the best way to teach and practice Conversation Skills. It can be used for meaning- or pattern-focus, and for all of the language structures.

Maru-Batsu (O/X) Game -No materials or preparation!

EigoNoto.com version of the classic Japanese game. Very powerful learning activity.

Hot Potato -No materials or preparation!

A small group creative substitution activity.

Get The Picture (GTP)

see an in-class explanation on video

Pair Karuta -No materials or preparation!

A very simple version of the classic game.

Interview Bingo

see an in-class explanation on video


Eraser/Keyword Game

Pair listening activity from the Eigo Noto text.

Ohajiki Game

Listening activity from the Eigo Noto text. A blend of Bingo & Karuta...


My version of the classic game. NOW it's really communicative! With a link to download the board.

Row Practice/Row Races -No materials or preparation!

Find 3 People -No materials or preparation!

Find 3 People-Tell the Teacher -No materials or preparation!

Liar! Liar! -No materials or preparation!

Hand Sandwich -No materials or preparation!

A fun way to finish off a pair activity (with a winner & loser).

Clue Bingo

Pair Slap -No materials or preparation!

Individual Student Translation

Short notes on how to lessen the stress...

Hebi Janken

Teams compete to get to the end of the line of vocabulary cards first.

Dictionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to say a word they don't know!

Pictionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to draw a word they don't know!

Gestionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to act out a word they don't know!

WYAN- Word You Aleady Know. Students already know a lot of English words- prompt them to tell you what they already know!

Listen, Repeat and Point- Turn on students' power to remember.

Repeat and Change the Pattern Speaking- No materials or preparation!

A simple activity to help students perform short speeches.

Interactive Introduction- No materials or preparation!

A simple step-by-step way to introduce new language patterns. You do the speaking, the students learn the rest as a class.

Drawing an Explanation One Line at a Time- for Grade 5 Lesson 7 What's This?

Black Box Activity Adaptation- Let's all the kids participate, not just one at a time. For Grade 5 Lesson 7

Story Telling in Rounds

Monday, June 15, 2009

Interview BINGO  


Materials: Interview Bingo print for each student (click here for an example)
Time: 15-20 minutes

Interview Bingo is a substitution activity that is played with all class members standing, interacting in pairs. The game can be used for yes/no or wh- question patterns, or for statement and response ('I like fish.' ->'I like fish, too.' or 'I don't like fish. I like chicken.'). Because there are 25 places for answers on the bingo print, it works very well for vocabulary introduction and practice. For lower level students, using pictures, or pictures and words, on the print aids understanding and comprehension.

Interview bingo, being similar to an information-gap activity, is by its' nature communicative. Choosing the dialog used by the students, though, is what can give them, or not, a feeling for the meaning of the language. Choose your dialog thoughtfully and carefully!

Doing the Activity

  • Preview the vocabulary on print, and the conversation used for play.
  • Each student must circle one answer on each horizontal line. Have them do this while previewing the vocabulary.
  • Do a testing activity to check students’ comprehension and accuracy (CROSSFIRE, or choosing students randomly or with dice).
  • Let students practice playing/using the dialog once with their seat partner, then ask if there are any questions.
  • With all students standing, students make pairs and play Janken/RPS. In most cases, the winner begins the conversation.
  • Using their circled answer, the losing student (usually) answers using the conversation.
  • Winning student makes an X on the given answer (only X’s make a BINGO!).
  • Students separate and form new pairs.
  • Game is finished at a time limit, or when several students have made BINGO!

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