This is a core activity of the Ready-Set-GO! English program. It can be used for sentences, negatives, Q & A, commands/gestures, & vocabulary (english to japanese or japanese to english).
If time is short, only one pair does the activity (about 1 minute). As time allows, a half row or a whole row of students can rotate (this takes about 2-3 or 5 minutes).
The conversation pattern is posted on the blackboard, or taken from the Poster Text. The rotation pattern is also shown on the blackboard.
To play: Students, in seat pairs, play Janken (Rock-Paper-Scissors). The winner (W), or sometimes Loser (L) begins the conversation according to the posted pattern, and the 2 paired students continue until they finish the posted conversation pattern.
When the conversation is finished, the student on the rotation side moves one seat forward (or back). The new pairs play Janken and do the posted conversation, as before.
The activity continues until a student returns to his or her own seat.
For more ideas, and materials for teaching the Basic Conversation Skills, click here.