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Happy New Year and welcome to a very Genki 2005! As usual this month there
is lots of great new material on the website, and a brand new CD!
Big News: New Classroom English / Classroom Japanese CD
If, like me, you've ever had problems communicating with your teachers,
ever needed help explaining games or controlling the kids in class, then
this new CD may be just what you're looking for.
It was initially made for Japanese teachers who want to use more English
in the classroom, and to communicate better with ALTs, but the CD also
contains recordings of all the most popular classroom and lesson planning
phrases in Japanese, which means it's perfect for you too. And it's not
text book stuff, it's dozens of real phrases recorded by a real teacher!
I use this language all the time now and it really makes a huge difference.
Each track has the English recorded on the left speaker, and the Japanese on the right, so you can choose whether to listen to both, listen and repeat with the Japanese, or just listen to the English and see if you can remember the Japanese. Then there's a review of the English used along with some cool music to make it a bit more fun!
Great to solve your problems, and a great resource to show your Japanese
The CD costs 2,940 yen plus post and packing and it's also available to
buy via credit card if you haven't arrived in Japan yet.
Full details and a list of all the language included are on the website!
The Brits out there will recognise this game from UK TV. This is a nice
little variation for learning numbers and shopping English!
1. On the board put up 8 pictures. Either usual things such as planes or
foods, or the recommended way is to use things related to famous people
e.g. Beckham's football boot, a signed Britney CD etc.. Have a look around
google for some ideas.
2. You point to the first card, tell the kids what it is and ask them how
much they think it is.
3. The kids shout out the price. You can either have them in teams, or
the way I'd prefer is a total free for all!
4. You tell the kids the price.
5. Now ask them whether they think the next item is "higher"
6. The kids reply.
7. You then ask them how much they think it is and repeat from 4!
A bit of organised chaos, but it works great if you have some interesting
items up there!
Introductory Certificate in Teaching English to Children
I'm currently in Europe at the moment producing the next Genki English
CD, but if you're in Japan then one course I would definitely recommend
is the David English House "Introductory Certificate in Teaching English
to Children" conducted by David Paul.
Feb 2005 6th Nagoya, 13th Osaka, 20th Fukuoka, 27th Tokyo,
Mar 2005 6th Kagoshima, 13th Hiroshima, 20th Nagasaki
Apr 2005 17th Sendai, 24th Aomori
All courses start at 10:00 am and finish at 5:15pm
1. How do children learn?
2. Getting children fully involved in playing and learning.
3. Using phonics to develop active reading and writing
4. Integrating and having fun with songs
5. Planning lessons that keep children focused and motivated
All sessions are interactive and full of games. The focus is on teaching
children between 6 and 12 years old.
eigoTown, ELT News, The British Council, The Foreign Buyers Club,
GenkiEnglish.com, Longman ELT Pearson, Macmillan Language House
The fee for one day is 12,000 Yen (9,000 yen for members of ETJ - membership
of ETJ is free and it is possible to join on the day)
Payment is on the day