- Year 12
- Topic: post school options - working in Japan
- In previous classes, students learnt how to write a resume and what kind of questions are asked in a job interview, as well as grammar and vocabulary that may be used in this situation
1. Preparing role play
- Students read a cartoon that tells Hiroshi’s story about a job interview in Japan.
- The teacher asks students why they think he failed the interview.
- Students find inappropriate behaviour (manner) in the cartoon, and discuss alternative appropriate behaviour.
- Students discuss the difference between Australia and Japan in terms of manner in job interviews.
the cartoon used in this class
2. Role play
- Scene setting: English school in Japan / applicant apply for a position of an English teacher
- Students decide their role: a Receptionist, an Interviewer, or an Applicant.
- Students are divided into three groups of the same role.
- In the group, students talk about what they are going to do (talk) in the role play using the clue card and practice.
- Students act it out.
3. Evaluate Role play
Students enjoyed the cartoon and role play. They employed many non-verbal skills in the role play. However, the ending of the role play was not working well since I did not teach them how to close the conversation. This made me realise the importance of teaching opening and closing conversations in speaking classes.