Blake Simmerman, Amber Hoye
Languages, World Cultures, Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Community College / Lower Division
  • Invitation
  • Japanese
  • Party
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    English, Japanese

    Japanese 102 - Lab 12 (You're Invited!)


    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

    • I can accept or reject an invitation.

    • I can invite and make plans with someone (such as the store, the movie theatre, a concert, a restaurant).

    • I can exchange information about different events and discuss what happened at the event.

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    Before you begin:

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    Activity Instructions

    You're Invited!

    Proficiency Level

    Novice Mid

    AATJ Standards for Learning Japanese:

    • “Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.”

    • “Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.”

    Idaho 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.”

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

    • I can accept or reject an invitation.

    • I can invite and make plans with someone (such as the store, the movie theatre, a concert, a restaurant).

    • I can exchange information about different events and discuss what happened at the event.


    Invitation cards

    Google Slides


    1. Start by asking the students how they would invite someone to an event. 

    2. The slide after the Can-Do statements has ways to accept and decline invitations. Go through each way with the students!

    3. Using the invitation slide, invite the students to your event! Give the time, where it will be held, what the students would need to bring, etc.

      • 誕生日パーティー!

    4. After you invite them, ask the students: Do you want to go? For either answer, they need to give a reason. So, why they want to go to an event or what they like about it. And if they can’t go, why not?

    Main activity: 

    1. Working individually : Let students choose among the invitation cards. Each student is going to choose an invitation that they like and plan to propose the activity to their friends. 

    2. Give them a couple minutes to read, and then the students are going to walk around the room and take turns inviting other students. 

    3. You may also have students pair up with another student sitting across from them, instead of having them stand up.

    4. Everyone should accept or reject the invitation. The student being invited should ask questions like, who, what, where, when, how much, what should I bring. They can explain why or why not they want to go.  

    5. The Google Slide has example questions the students can ask!

      • 「いつですか。何をしますか。誰が行きますか。」

    Final Questions:

    1. 今週末何をしますか。

    2. 一番好きな趣味は何ですか。

    3. 始めたい趣味は何ですか。

    End of lab:

    • Can-Do statement check-in... “Where are we?”

    • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence with cards 

    • Encourage students to be honest in their self evaluation

    • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!