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EVENT REPORT Tokyo Study Group Meeting (Sep.23)

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TSG0923 1.JPGのサムネール画像BOO! The exiting Halloween Tokyo Study Group Meeting had a room full of teachers acting like children having fun on Halloween night!

We started the meeting with a cute song perfect for Halloween called, I’m a Little Witch Today, adapted from The Happy Birthday Song in Let’s Go Book 1. Everyone pretended to be a witch, black cat, ghost or a skeleton so that the room was filled with Halloween excitement right from the beginning.TSG 0923 2.JPGのサムネール画像

The MAT topic of the day was to demonstrate how to teach verbs and the sentence “I like to ~.”
Not only showing the basic techniques, we focused on how to teach verbs with objects. With the MAT METHOD, we do not teach “ride”, or “make” only. We teach these verbs along with objects, as a phrase, or a chunk, for example, “ride a bicycle” or “make a model plane”. In this way, children can learn well by understanding the context, and with rhythmic repetition of the phrase, they can speak much more naturally.

We showed how the objects could be changed, so that students will be able to ask and answer many varieties of questions. At the workshop, we had witches riding on brooms and kids making jack-o-lanterns to keep with the Halloween theme.TSG0923 3.JPGのサムネール画像

Then we had fun doing many Halloween Activities.

The theme was to enjoy pretending to be Halloween characters. So when we did Song Fruit Basket (using the opening song), there were Witches and Ghosts flying around madly to find a chair. There was also an activity called Halloween Conversation using the IIEEC Expression Cards and Question Cards. You could see skeletons rattling and black cats stroking their whiskers as they had hilarious conversations such as…

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Skeleton:  (Rattle, rattle) Where do you live?
Black cat:  I live in the Haunted House!
        (Meow, meow) Where do you live?
Skeleton:  I live in the National Science Museum!
        (Rattle, rattle).

There was also storybook time and everyone got to go trick or treating as they recited the story together!

TSG0923 5.JPGのサムネール画像Thank you very much to all of you who came to the meeting. We hope that you had a good time learning and having fun as a student.
Happy Halloween!!
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