This game takes a simple sentences and gets students to convert it to either a negative or aquestion. For example;
- This is Teppei.
- negative: This is not Teppei.
- question: Is this Teppei?
Students build (convert) sentences to win new cards.
Enough unique cards for at least one per student and enough cards for about 3 per student. The cards have a positive statement, with;
- The Japanese translation (optional),
- The negative equivalent of the statement, and
- The statement in question form.
- Demonstrate how to play with the JTE.
- Practice a few of the sentences and check with the students to make sure that they understand.
- A card is given to each student.
- Students stand up and walk around, looking for a partner to speak with. Saying "Hello" when they meet.
- They Janken, with the loser reading out the statement on their card.
- The loser either says "Negative, please." or "Question, please".
- The winner then must say the correct sentence in return.
- If the winner can do this, they get to keep the loser's card.
- If they can not, no cards are changed and both move on to find another person to talk to.
- If a student has more than one card, he/she can choose which card to read.
- If a student has no cards, then he/she should find a teacher and ask "Please help me, I have no cards.", where the teacher will give the student a new card.
- The aim of the game is to get the most cards and/or get specific "star" cards.
As this is fairly early on (unit 4 of New Horizon 1), it might be too hard for many of the students, in that case you can try a similar activity with more of a team focus: Team sentence builder.