|junior high school to adult||Consolidate or review learned material. Get students relaxed, & comfortable asking and answering questions. Good warm-up game.||any||10-15 mins||cassette of loud, exciting music; two fans; questions
written on cards (optional); and a large
Affix the words 'Question' and 'Answer' to 2 fans. Alternatively, you can use 2 soft toys (e.g., 'Anpanman' and 'Bikinman'). Distribute these to either side of the class. Explain that while the music is playing the dolls/fans can be passed from student to student, but not thrown. When the music stops, the students with the dolls/fans have to stand up and ask/answer a question. Introduce your favourite, loud, exciting, band to the students. It doesn't matter whether it's Rock, Jazz, R & B, or Japanese Taiko Drums, only that it have a insistent, toe-tapping beat that will involve the students in spite of themselves. Students can pass the fans in any direction (up, back, across, or diagonally), but NO THROWING!
If you are teaching junior high school, use questions written on cards in an envelope from which the students can select a card at random. Let them read the question through once, before you retrieve the card and have them ask the other student. However, if you work in a senior high school, task your students by requiring them not only to answer the question, but to think of and ask one as well. Questions should be asked in a loud, clear voice while making eye-contact with the person being spoken to. NO Japanese!!
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