Many Japanese speak English. But they do not think our thoughts. They worship at other shrines; profess another creed; observe a different code. They can no more be moved by Christian pacifism than wolves by the bleating of sheep. We have to deal with a people whose values are in many respects altogether different from our own.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
The Mission of Japan, 1937
This is simply a way of practising questions like:
- What is he?
- What is she?
- What is it?
- What are they?
Each pair needs a set of cards. The cards are shuffled and placed picture side down so that the symbols are face up. The first player chooses a card, points at it and asks the matching question. Their partner turns over the card and answers according to the picture. If the player doesn't know the answer they can ask other players or the teacher or simply say, "I don't know?" How many cards can the players do in one minute? After a minute switch roles.
- Rather than asking "What be" questions players can ask straight "Be" questions (eg "Is she a magician"). Their partner looks at the card and only reveals it when the answer is "Yes". Otherwise the partner keeps guessing. How many cards can the players get in a minute?
- Players start with the cards face up. The first player makes this/these sentences, eg "This is a witch". Their partner rephrases the sentence using the correct pronoun "She is a witch") and then flips the card over. How many cards can the players go through in a minute?
When first introducing these cards I usually leave out "they" and focus on he, she and it. I often use these cards as a filler, for example something to do while completing Passport Control
When players are doing something involving repetition as opposed to asking and answering questions decide whether they will just pass each statement down the line or repeat and then pass.
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