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What's your favourite / favorite... ?

Target Language: What's your favourite movie / sport / cartoon / video game
Target Grade: All ages
This song is in the Teacher's Set
And in the new curriculum Level.

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How to teach?

Then do the song ....

"What's your favourite ..?"
by Richard Graham

What's your favourite movie?
What's your favourite sport?
What's your favourite cartoon?
What's your favourite video game?

I like .. Yeah, Yeah!
I like .. Yeah, Yeah!
I like .. Yeah, Yeah!
I like .. Yeah, Yeah!

What's your favourite food?
What's your favourite pet?
What's your favourite comic book?
What's your favourite TV show?

I like .. Yeah, Yeah!
I like .. Yeah, Yeah!
I like .. Yeah, Yeah!
I like .. Yeah, Yeah!

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Before doing this theme, I'd recommend trying the Do you like food? and Do you like animals? themes.

If you ever have an open "ask the teacher a question" session in Japan, younger kids will invariable only ask one question, "Suki na ... wa nani?". You could literally translate this as "What .... do you like?", but people always end up confusing the word order to give strange things like "What do you like food?"! So to solve this and to bring it a little closer to what real English kids would actually say, I've chosen "What's your favourite...?". It only takes a little longer to get the "favourite" pronounced right, but makes things a lot easier in the long run!

I've put up a set of cards here, but best results come from using pictures of things the kids really like e.g. a picture of their favourite movie, TV show etc.! Just using real pictures gives a huge boost to the class, especially older kids, and makes the teacher into a superstar!

As you sing the "What's your favourite...?" line everyone mimes the appropriate word e.g. a character from their favourite movie, video game etc.

For more advanced classes, in the first line of the chorus you point to the movie card and after the CD sings "I like" the kids shout out the name of their favourite movie. This works great if different people have different favourite movies as they compete to see who can shout it out the loudest!
Do similar things for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th lines of the chorus whilst pointing to "sport", "cartoon" and "video game".

Anyway, it's a very popular theme, is very useful for the kids, you get to learn their likes and dislikes ( great for spicing up other lessons!) and has a great funk backbeat - enjoy!

Recommended Game: 9 in 10

1. Each group thinks of one original "What's your favourite...?" question e.g. animal, fruit, food etc. let them come up with different stuff. (Also go round checking as they can often choose "who" words without knowing.)

2. They then nominate one group to play their game.

3. This groups stands.

4. The first group ask their question "What's your favourite .....?"

5. The standing group has to answer 9 answers (in correct English!) in ten seconds!
If they do they get a point, if not the other team get a point!

6. Keep going till each group has asked their question.

7. Team with the most points is the winner.

You just make the groups smaller or larger depending on how many rounds you want to play (e.g. you could play 15 rounds with 30 kids in pairs!)

Recommend Game 2: Favourite Bombs

This one needs a bit of prep.....

1. Put up 16 "bomb" cards on the board.

2. Under each one, so the kids can't see, put a flashcard of obvious possible answers to any of the "What's your favourite ...?" questions e.g. an apple, a dog, Star Wars, pokemon etc.

3. Two kids come to the front.

4. Start the stopwatch for 3 minutes.

5. In turns they have to ask and answer each other the questions from the song (any order is OK, duplicates are OK too)

6. See how many they can ask/answer in the 3 minutes.

7. But ..... if any of them answer with any of the words under the bombs on the board, they blow up have to stop there!

8. See which team has the most questions/answers in the 3 minutes!

Picture Books

There are also the online "I love vegetables" and "What's your favourite food?" picture books for this theme.

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