Board Game Event 英会話・英語 アミック
We hosted two events back-to-back 「続けて」 on the last Saturday and Sunday of June. On Saturday, we had a small event where we taught students how to play board games in English and practice cooperating with a team.
The board game we used was Pandemic. Originally released in 2008, I first had the chance to enjoy the game in a cafe in Hong Kong in 2014 and it quickly became a favorite. Board games aren’t just for kids. In the last twenty years, there has been a massive growth in tabletop games designed for older children and adults that are more complex and engaging. In many countries, it is not uncommon to enjoy a coffee and game with friends in a Board Game cafe. There are even two excellent Board Game cafes here in Matsuyama!
Pandemic 「伝染病」「パンデミック」 is a bit of a scary word nowadays, but the game itself is very fun! Each player takes the role of a Doctor or other medical professional, and must work together to stop the spread of a virus around the world.
Players need to discuss what to do and offer suggestions to the other players as they plan their moves. For this reason, it is helpful when teaching modal expressions! We also had a lot of time to practice talking about different cities and countries around the world in English.
We also got to use a lot of new vocabulary like Laboratory「ラボ」 and Quarantine 「隔離」. Below, you can see me explaining how to build new laboratories to help us discover medicine.
We had enough time to play the game twice, and had a lot of fun using English to work together! In the end, we weren’t able to save the world, but hopefully we can solve the puzzle next time!