As of April this year, I’ve begun teaching ESL and English Communication in junior high schools here in Japan. It’s taken some getting used to after years of teaching in elementary schools, but I feel like I’ve hit my stride.
There’s very little need for me to introduce new structures and drill grammar because the students get more than enough of that in their regular classes with the Japanese English teachers. I try to minimize teacher-talk and maximize oral communication time, and to that end have made up several Q&A worksheets to practice various expressions and grammar points.
This is perhaps the most basic, and most versatile, of the worksheets I’ve made so far. Students prepare five questions based on any relevant grammar points or lesson themes, then in take turns asking their questions and writing down their classmates’ answers. As an activity it allows students to exercise thinking, writing, speaking and listening skills while creating a quantifiable result that teachers can check and grade. Plus, it’s fun!