もうすぐ新学年だぜ!

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猛暑日が今日で5日間続いています。でも、この暑い日々の中に国際交流基金日本語国際センターの皆さんが頑張っていますよ!

8月がもう始まったなので、もうすぐ新学年ってことですよね!準備は始めたんですけど、やっぱり一番心配しているのが一年生のアイスブレークのことですね。去年はゲームなしで自己紹介のことから始めたけど、なんか足りないなと思いました。学生たちは本当に素晴らしかったので、結局なんとなくうまくいきましたが、今年、アイスブレークのゲームを使いたいので、必死で探していました。

昨日の異文化理解ワークショップでとても良いゲーム二つ習いました。ワークショップとちょっと違うやり方を使いますが、とても楽しく出来るゲームなので、使う時を楽しみにしています!では、紹介しますよ!

良いゲームその①: 軽く会釈で挨拶をしましょう!

やり方はとてもかんたんです!

1: 挨拶のおはようございます、こんにちは、こんばんはを紹介する。
2: 会釈も紹介する。
3: 先生が教室を回って、会釈をしながら挨拶をする。
4: 皆さんが立って、会釈をしながら挨拶をする。
5: 先生が「時間です!」と言う時、席に戻る。

簡単で楽しくできることも、文化もちょっとだけでも入れているので、とても良いアイスブレークだと思います。

良いゲームその②: 割りばしジャンケン!

このゲームも簡単ですよ!

1: ジャンケンの説明: グー、チョキ、パー
2: 何回か練習する。
3: 割りばしを1人に4つ配る。
4: ボランティアの学生とやって、例のやり方を見せる。(買った人が負けた人から一本をもらう)。
5: ゲームをする。
6: 割りばしを数えて、たくさん持っている人が勝ち。
7: 素敵な商品を上げる。

かぞえる事も入っているので、数字の練習となることも可能だと思います!

では、さらばだ!(^0^)/

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We are currently on the 5th day of our heat wave. But even though it is hot hot hot out, the trainees at the Japan Foundation Center keep right on plugging along!

As August has already started, that means the new school year is just around the corner! I’ve already started getting ready, but the one thing I always worry about the most is how to best start off my First Year classes. Last year I decided to go with no game, and just plunge right into Self-Introductions. This left me with a feeling that something was missing. In hindsight this only worked because my students are fabulous, but I really want a fun ice breaker for this year, so I’ve been searching like crazy.

Then, at yesterday’s “Understanding One Another’s Culture” workshop, I learned two wonderful games. The versions I will use will end up being just a bit different from what we did in the workshop, but I’m really looking forward to using them! I:m going to introduce them to you below!

Fabulous Game #1: Greeting with a friendly bow!

It’s super easy to do!

1: Students learn basic greetings: good morning, good afternoon, good evening
2: Students also learn about bowing and the cultural significance of it.
3: Teacher moves around the room, exchanging greetings with students (including the head bow)
4: Everyone stands up and walks about the room, greeting each other just as the teacher did.
5: When the teacher says, “Time’s up!”, students return to their seats.

This game is fun, easy, and includes a bit of culture. I think it will make a great ice breaker!

Fabulous Game #2: Chopstick Rock, Paper, Scissors Battle!

This game is also quite simple!

1: Explain Rock, Paper, Scissors (In Japanese, of course)
2: Practice many times.
3: Pass out 4 chopsticks to each student.
4: Demonstrate the game with a volunteer. (The losing person gives the winner one of their chopsticks).
5: Play the game.
6: Count the chopsticks, and the person with the most wins.
7: Present the winner with their wonderful prize.

As there is also counting involved, this could also make a great review of numbers!

Well, see ya later! (^0^)/

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4 thoughts on “もうすぐ新学年だぜ!

  1. I did activity # 1 for all the years I taught Japanese; however, before you start, give the students name tags to wear. That way, their names can be added to the greeting and everyone will have a chance to get to know one another too. Important especially for high school freshmen.

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