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Hello! There's lots of new stuff for you this month, so let's get cracking...
Game of the Month: "Where do you live?" Shiritori
This is a cool way of doing the classic game of Shiritori even if your
kids don't know how to read or write. The basic idea with shiritori is
that you use the last letter of a word as the first letter of the next
word. e.g. you say "egg", then I say "game" then you
say "elephant" etc. etc. But in this version you ask the kids
"Where do you live?". One kid answers, for example, "I live
in Fukuoka", any place name is OK. Then this kid says to another kid
"Where do you live?" and that kid has to answer with a place
that begins with "ka" (this is how the rule works for Japanese
place names) e.g. "I live in Kagawa" etc. etc. It sounds a bit
tricky but the kids love it! A good variation is to put the kids in a circle,
you ask the question and the quickest kid to put their hand up gets to
answer and gets a prize or counter thrown at them!
I got this idea from Nicky in Yanagawa.Thank you!
Or check out here for the original Shiritori:
Instead of the traditional bingo game where kids cross off squares, this
time get them to put markers or counters over several squares. If an answer
comes out to be one they have a marker on, they take it off. Keep going.
When they have removed all their markers they have won, and shout out "Bongo!"
I got this idea from Sunday's ACET meeting, if you're in Fukuoka pop along,
they're a great group of people!
Come along to Osaka on Saturday April 24th
I'll be a doing a free workshop for Nellie's Bookstore in Osaka on Sunday
24th. I'll be doing some new ideas and games as well as the new Genki Phonics.
So if you'll be in the area, please pop along. Place and Time details will
be on the website nearer the time.
Wanted Junior High School Ideas!
Do you have any cool Junior High ideas or lesson plans? Well, if you could
put ten good ideas or lesson plans on the Junior High ideas board, I'll
send you your choice of Genki English CD as a thank you present. Basically
I just want to help out teachers of older kids, so if you have some ideas,
please share them! You can post ideas wherever you happen to be teaching,
be it China or Zanzibar.
Lots of teachers have been asking about using the Genki English CDs as
homework for their students. The results have been great, with kids coming
into lessons fully able to remember all the English they've learnt. So
now on the site you can save up to 20% on the price of CDs by ordering
them in packs of 20 or more for your students. You can either sell them
on to parents and keep the profit, or simply charge the parents the reduced
price. In either case your kids will have a great chance to learn English
at home, and the parents will be thrilled to see how well their kids are
I'm very nearly finished with the first Genki Phonics CD, so keep checking
back at the site for updates. Hopefully later this week there'll be some
more free phonics worksheets. There are also new flashcards for the "Where
are you from?" theme, and reader Richard Malthus has sent in his "Subbing
Soccer" game. Check it out: