① I use a video of a colleague saying that he is coming to Japan. He also says that he can't understand Japanese at all, but he wants to know about the food in Japan, places to visit, or any japanese traditional toys or games. He is asking directly to my students to send him back a video message suggesting any of these things.
② I play the video few times, and ask my students if they understand my colleague's message. If they understand I go to the next step. I explain them that the goal of the lesson is to send a video back to him, suggesting any of these topics.
③ I divide the board in three parts (Food, Places, and toys or games). Then, I tell my students to think about japanese dishes (including sweats and snacks). After few seconds I ask them for some ideas, and I write them down on the blackboard. Same thing with the other topics.
④ Since my colleague cannot speak Japanese, they have to send a video explaining everything from scratch. I don't want them to say "Oden is delicious!". Yes, I know it is, but my colleague doesn't know what Oden is!
⑤ I ask them to choose one item of any of the three topics, and find a picture on Google. Don't spend more than 3 min here. Push a little bit to students that need a little help. If they can choose, just suggest something.
⑥ Once everyone has the picture, I do a simple demonstration using the TV. I put a pic of Okonomiyaki, and I talk about it. "Okonomiyaki is a dish from Osaka. It is a cabbage pancake (I say this because I want my students to describe the dish to a foreigner that has never seen Okonomiyaki, and it is easy to have an idea of the dish). I change the pic and put Soba. "Now, what about this? What is it?" The kids will say of course Soba. I push until someone say japanese noodles. Believe me, someone will say it!
⑦ Here I let them practice with that information in pairs. While pointing at the picture, they talk about it. This takes no more than 2 minutes.
⑧ Level up! Now I go back to my okonomiyaki. "Okonomiyaki is a dish from Osaka. it's a cabbage pancake. Okonomiyaki is eaten by many people in Japan." After saying this, I check that they understand the meaning. I also do the same thing with a place and a toy or game. I only use the pp of visit, play, and eat in this lesson. "Mt. Fuji is visited by many people every year." "kendama is played by japanese kids." "Oden is eaten in winter."
⑨ Now, kids have to add this information to the item they chose. I rotate the pairs, and they practice 2 or 3 times. After that, I choose 1 or 2 students to check if they are doing it properly.
⑩ Now you are free to add more information. I ask my students to mention the place where they can eat that dish. For those that chose a place, where is that place and how to get there (train, car, bus)"you can go by_". I also tell them to talk about the place it self. What can you do there? You can see, you can eat __, you can buy____.
⑪ I practice a couple of time, and finally they can record the video. If you have the chance to have a second hour, it will be the best. They can practice a little longer and feel more comfortable. To make it real, I ask my student to say hello and my colleague's name. Then the video. They do this in pairs. One is taking their partner's video and the other is talking while pointing at the picture.
I love teaching this lesson, because kids can feel free talking about the things they like. Try it, and let me know how it went.