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“2017年11月4日「モバイル英語学習」第424号(小学校英語教育): Fruits & Vegetables: What’s Missing

Fruits and Vegetables Game


① 単語が聞こえたら、指を指してください。たとえば “I can see a ball.” を聞いたらボールを指してください。

② もう一度聞いて確認してください。正しいものを指しました? 。

③ あなたの番です。写真にある物を順番に言ってください。 “I can see…”で初めてください。時間は30秒です。

④ 次のスライドを見て、なくなった物を言ってください。

⑤ このゲームは小学校の英語活動で使うことはできます。小学生には文法の説明は望ましくありませんが、クラス担任が“a”と”an”と“the”の使い方を少し理解したほうが良いと思います。 頭文字が母音(a, e, i, o, u)であれば“an” を使い、子音で始まる場合は”a”です。”What’s missing?”の場合はすでにその画像を見ていたので”the”を使います。

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“2017年11月4日「モバイル英語学習」第423号(小学校英語教育): HRT/ALT Today’s Lesson

Today’s lesson


① Listen to the conversation and read along silently
② Now take the part of the homeroom teacher while listening to the conversation.
③ Now listen to the conversation and take the part of the ALT.

can be divided by 3: 3で割ることができる
Fizz, Buzz: 意味のない単語
HRT Let’s talk about today’s lesson.
ALT Okay.
HRT I’d like to practice the numbers from 1-20. Do you know any games?
ALT Let me see. How about the FizzBuzz game?
HRT How do you play it?
ALT Everyone makes a circle, and we start counting. The first person says “1.” The next person says “2.” When the number can be divided by 3, the person says “Fizz.” When it can be divided by 5, you say “Buzz.”
HRT I think I understand. Let’s try it once together.
ALT Sure.
ALT & HRT 1-2-Fizz-4-Buzz-6…
ALT No, 6 can be divided by 3. You need to say Fizz.
HRT Hmm, I think this is too difficult for the students. Do you know any other games?
ALT How about Bingo?
HRT Bingo is fine. Everyone knows how to play Bingo.

(1) talk + about → tal kabout
(2) makes + a → mak sa
(3) When + it → Whe nit


(4) first + person → firs person (the t in first is almost silent)
(5) divided + by → divide by (the third d in divided is almost silent)

“2017年11月4日「モバイル英語学習」第422号(小学校英語教育): HRT/ALT Teacher’s Room

Showing the ALT the Teachers’ Room


① Listen to the conversation and read along silently.
② Now take the part of the homeroom teacher while listening to the conversation.
③ Now listen to the conversation and take the part of the ALT.

HRT When you enter the school, take your shoes off and put on these slippers.
ALT Oh, they are too small for me.
HRT I’m sorry, but we don’t have anything bigger.
ALT Can I bring my own?
HRT Yes, but could you use these slippers today?
ALT Okay.
HRT I’ll show you the teachers’ room. Come this way.
(sound of walking, door opens)
This is the teachers’ room.
ALT Should I come here every day?
HRT Yes. Here is your desk.
ALT Thank you. Where should I put my bag?
HRT You can use one of the lockers over there.
ALT Okay.

(a) take + off → ta koff
(b) put + on → pu ton
(c) don’t + have → don thav (the h is silent)
(d) Can + I → Ca nI
(e) come + every → co mevery
(f) desk + over → des kover
(g) one + of → o nof


(h) these + slippers → the slippers (the s in these is almost silent)

2017年8月5日「モバイル英語学習」第 416号(小学校英語教育): Not Quite English

loanwords: 外来語
original: 本来の
shorten: 短くする
The Japanese language has many loanwords from English. Sometimes they keep the original meaning, but sometimes they don’t. A “stove” in Japanese is something to heat your house with, but in American English it is something you cook food on. When loanwords are shortened, they can change their meaning entirely. My students use “pine” for pineapple, but they don’t know that a “pine” is actually a tree, not a fruit. Many loanwords for sweets come from French. “Chou a la creme” (シュークリーム) is a “cream puff,” and “marron glace”(マロンクラッセ) is a “candied chestnut.”  (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)