Camille Daw, Amber Hoye, Mimi Fahnstrom
Material Type:
High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
  • Activity
  • Cost
  • Items
  • Japanese
  • Online
  • Price
  • Shop
  • Shopping
  • Store
  • Stores
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    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    English, Japanese

    Japanese 101, Lab 06, Online

    Japanese 101, Lab 06, Online


    In this activity, students will practice talking about the prices of various objects that can be found at various stores. Students will also talk about the location of these items. 

    Activity Description


    In this activity, students will practice talking about how much items cost at various stores. Students will also talk about locations of various items at different stores. 

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

    • I can ask and answer questions about what something is.
    • I can ask and answer questions about the price of one object among a group of items.
    • I can describe the location of an object to help someone understand the item I’m talking about.

    Idaho State Content Standards for World Languages

    • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions,feelings, and opinions
    • COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
    • CLTR 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
    • CLTR 1.3: Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture.

    World-Readiness Standards

    • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
    • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of Japanese culture

    Materials Needed:
    Google Presentation 

    Warm Up and Main Activity

    The lab assistant will show a store (mix of US and Japanese stores) and ask the students “What does this store sell ?” Once the students share, the lab assistant can also share items found at the stores.

    I can buy shoes, jeans, a smartphone, a clock, T-shirt  etc. 
    I can buy an umbrella, newspaper, magazine, ice cream, a sandwich 
    I can buy meat, vegetables, and other foods 
    Takeshita Street
    I can buy crepes, clothes, fashion accessories (this word is borrowed in Japanese so it’ll be fine) ファッションアクセサリー

    Main Activity
    For this main activity, students will take turns being the shopkeeper and will be shown a virtual store with items from their vocabulary. Each student will go around and ask what something is, what it costs and thank the shopkeeper. (If you have more advanced students, or extra time, you can have them practice buying the object.) 

    Show the students the instructions slide in English and give them a moment to read through it.  

    To start the activity, go to the first “store” slide. Pick one student to be the shopkeeper (if you have a stronger student in the lab, this may be a good person to pick). Start off by modeling what you’d like students to do and share your screen:
    “すみません。(Point to an item or use annotate to circle) 
    これは なんですか。

    The shopkeeper should reply: ....です。

    Next, use a location word to ask how much it costs:
    (location word)....いくらですか。
    The shopkeeper should reply with the price: ....です

    Last, the customer should thank the shopkeeper and if they feel comfortable, buy the object. 
    そうですか。ありがとう ございます。

    Now the next customer (student) will go and share their screen to help signal what they’d like to buy. 
    Repeat this process two times per store, then change the slide. (If you have more than six students, you may need to keep the last store slide up longer.) 
    If you have extra time, go through the activity again! 

    Does anyone have any questions?