Wow, have I got a great update for you this
month!! First of all we have another FREE MP3 song. This month's new game is
the brilliant Sticky Fingers - with video explanation. Plus there
is Mr Monkey's talking cooking page (yes, talking)!! I've been busy
and I hope you enjoy them!!
The big update this month is another FREE
song!!! Yes, to celebrate the launch of CD volume II (it's out and ready to be ordered!!) I've uploaded half of the "How old are you?" song! It's a groovy little number that your
kids will love!! There is even a version
in Realaudio, for people who don't have the time to download
the MP3! One of my friend's kindergarten
kids heard this the other day, and was singing
along in minutes. It's a good, fun song.
The new game this month is the Sticky Fingers game. It's great for beginners or small groups
of kids. There is also another video to go with it and help make explaining the
game even easier. Try it alongside the How old are you? song for a great lesson!
I'm not sure, but this could be a first for
the net. When the teacher explains what to
do, cooking is always a great way for kids
to hear English! As there is lovely
food involved, the kids tend to pay attention!
So I've been working on a new talking homepage.
You move the mouse over the ingredients,
or the steps involved, and you can actually
hear the instructions in easy English!
There are also cartoons of what you're
supposed to do (and some strange sound effects)!!
This will be great as you can let the kids
learn on the computer, they can listen to
each step as many times as they like and
then they can go and make it. The two recipes
are Cheese on Toast (great for introducing a bit of English culture!!)
and Chocolate Bananas!!
Remember cooking is always a great idea, try out some of your favourite recipes with the kids!!
To welcome speakers of French, Italian and Japanese I've recorded Realaudio welcome messages
in these languages. I'd love to do more,
but these are the only languages I speak!
By the way, I've now had visits to the homepage
from over 50 different countries - thank
Everywhere seems Olympic mad at the moment, and if you want to bring some of the excitement to your lessons, why not try the Olympic Game! Simple take the ideas from the "ski" or "grand prix" game, but use pictures of famous athletes!!! Having events that actually take place on the day of the lesson is cool!!
We're currently on tour round Japan teaching
workshops and shows in various schools!!
In September I started off with a few shows
in Ehime and a guest appearance on the
Mayor of Matsuyama's radio show, then off
to Fukuoka for a couple of genki shows (check
out the Yomiuri Newspaper next week)!!
Now we're heading off to Hokkaido, then making
our way south via Kantou, Kansai, Western
Japan, Shikoku, and finally ending up in
southern Kyushu in December!! So if you want
us to pop into your area then get in touch!
We've also had quite a few requests to do workshops abroad, and are considering maybe taking Genki English around the world! Anyone else like us to visit???
Hope you like this month's new ideas, they
take a lot of time and effort to do, but
I really enjoy the emails and comments that
I get from teachers, parents and students
- thank you! Keep checking back at the page
as nearer the time I'll be putting some Hallowe'en
ideas up! Any requests, comments or
things you'd like to see on the homepage?
Simply send me a mail or put a message on
our discussion board!!
Don't forget to check out the new CD page, and let us know if you'd like a visit from Genki English!!
See you later,
Richard J. Graham
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