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What fruits do you like?

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"What fruits do you like?"

In "ALTへ質問" time, just knowing how to say "好きな○○はなんですか?" can keep the 1st and 2nd grade kids happy for hours and hours! They love it. You probably learnt it in Junior High School as "What ... do you like?" which is OK, but it sounds very awkward and a bit old fashioned (after all it's really just a direct translation). When Tom Cruise or any movie star is interviewed, the question everyone always asks is "What's your favourite ....?". It sounds so much better. Plus the topic comes at the end, so it solves the "What do you like food?" type of mistake that kids often make.

Of course the kids don't know the word "favourite" so you have to teach it, but it only takes 30 seconds or so. Remember if you think it's hard, the kids will think it's hard. But of course you know it's easy, so the kids will know it's easy too!

Then think about the topic you use the question with. Have you really ever heard kids asking each other what their favourite fruit is? You may hear it occasionally, but the kids are much more likely to ask "What's your favourite ..." plus video game or movie or manga or insect or sport. So try one of those! Then it's an easy step in the next lesson to introduce "Who's your favourite ....?" and words such as singer, movie star etc. Of course the kids' favourite question is "Who's your favourite teacher?". Cue lots of laughs and offering the ALT their class teacher as a marriage partner!

But for the first lesson, let's keep it simple with something like:

"What's your favourite video game?"



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