Sunday, June 19, 2011

WS: Eigo Noto 2: Lesson 1

Eigo Noto is a set of two textbooks for 5th and 6th grade elementary students for whom English has just become a compulsory subject. I teach 6th grade using Eigo Noto 2 and have been frustrated at the lack of materials out there, and by the fact that the teachers' book is almost all Japanese. Not much use for me!

I will be writing up my lesson plans here on AccessJ throughout the year in the hope that it can be of some help to other elementary teachers out there. 
Lesson 1

Greeting - Hello, how are you. Wow you can understand me!

Self introduction
My name - guess how to spell my name
Age - guess my age
"Laura likes/doesn't like" speech.
"Laura likes" bingo

For the guessing, I write 3 options on the board and have the students choose, or the students just yell at me until someone gets the right answer!.

"Laura likes" Bingo

I gave the students a 4x4 grid with each square divided in two by a diagonal line.
Each square had 2 pictures in. Very simple vocabulary (cat, rabbit, sushi, football etc)
The students had to choose which thing like from the two options in each square.
They did this by circling one.
Next, they asked me (  ) or (  ). This only involves practicing the vocabulary on the sheet and "or".
I tell them which I like - if they chose the right one, O, if they chose the other item, X
The student with the most bingos is the winner.

Lesson 1 "That`s right"

ABC song 
The students should be very familiar with the ABC song. I started by singing this 2 or 3 times.

Interactive white board 
I had arrived early and prepared a laptop with the Eigo Noto CD rom and the interactive white board. All schools should have one. Having someone who knows how to use it is another story. If you choose to use it arrive VERY early and give yourself time to get familiar with it.

Page 4/5 is a picture of a town setting with capital letters hidden throughout. I had chosen one student to come to the white board and click on the letters in the correct order (one student clicked on one letter). The students could find them in the textbook and raise their hand to volunteer.

If you don't have access to an interactive white board you can print a poster sized copy of the page and get students to colour the letter.

Students are in groups with one set of cards spread on the floor/table, depending on your classroom set up. The teacher shouts out a letter and students grab it.
I like to get the winning student to hold up the card and say the letter. They must keep shouting it and holding it up until I give them the OK. 
TIP - ask the teacher to have the students prepare the cards before the lesson. If they are not prepared get the students to cut one set per group. Having all students cut all cards would take forever!! And if you are in an 'English room' not a usual classroom then remember to ask the teacher to bring scissors!

My schools require a feedback sheet to be completed by the students after the lesson.
However I never have time for this! I usually just end with a goodbye and wave them off showering them in highfives trying to get them out before the next group arrives!


  1. Eigo note transtrations are available here:

  2. Thanks Shaun,
    That looks like a pretty useful website. I have only looked at the first few lesson plans but to me they sound like the type of lessons my teachers do when I am not there (there is no need for an ALT).
    They also seem a little strange. i.e. 5 min self introduction from the ALT, I am usually asked to do a whole or half lesson self intro!
    And 10 mins for cutting out the Karuta cards AND playing Karuta. Seems a little unrealistic to me!

    Saying that, I will be bookmarking the website!

  3. It's interesting to see that those are the lessons the writers of the book expect us to do. I don't like them and have to adjust them thoroughly.