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Unread Oct 19th, 2006, 09:05 pm
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Default Relative Clauses

Hello everyone,
I'm asking this on behalf of all the AET's that are teaching in Japanese Junior High Schools. This time of year the third year students begin to study relative clauses:
- This is a pen that is made in China.
- This is a man who was in Pirates of the Caribbean.
We will spend a lot of time on this grammar point, so I was wondering what kind of activities you use to teach this.
I've used crosswords and quiz games successfully, but what have you done that has worked well?
I will be using quiz activities again, but I plan to have the students write the quiz questions this time around.
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Default Re: Relative Clauses

I also use a circumlocution strategies game which is useful not only because it practises relative clauses but also because it teaches students how to explain their way around words they don't know - What do you call the little bits of ice which fall out of the sky? What do you call a person who works as a doctor for animals? etc. You can check it out here.
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Unread Nov 23rd, 2006, 03:19 pm
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Default Re: Relative Clauses

When I teach relative clauses I usually use the taboo game. They have to describe a word without saying the ones below.
For example: They try to describe ACTRESS without saying film, act or theatre.
So it would be something like: It's a woman who works in the cinema and plays different roles. You can add the list of forbidden words as the level is higher.
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Unread Nov 23rd, 2006, 08:39 pm
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Default Re: Relative Clauses

Well I must say that I find teaching this grammar point somewhat difficult, but a good way to keep the students interest is to find some information about their teachers that the students don't know.

Example:"Who is the math teacher who was taught by Mrs. Suzuki (the JTE)?"

Getting the information was the most difficult part because the teachers were so busy and my Japanese is rather inneficient for this conversation, but it paid off in the end.
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