1. Choose one "What's your favourite ... ?" question, e.g. comic
book, cartoon, movie, food or sport etc.
2. On two small pieces of paper each child writes down their answer to
the question. If you don't teach writing then get the kids to write it
3. The teacher collects all the bits of paper and then deals them out at
random, one per child.
4. The kids look at the paper they've been given and read what's written
but can't show anyone else!
5. When the teacher says "Go!" the kids go round asking as many
people as they can "What's your favourite ..?" + whatever topic
you have chosen.
6. If the other kid answers with the answer they have on their piece of
paper, they win! The kids who answered writes their name on the back of
the paper and the kid who asked the question goes and asks for another
one from the teacher.
7. Keep going and see who has the most pieces of paper at the end!
This is a bit tougher than some other games, so it's probably best from
4th grade upwards. But it also works well with older kids and adults!
Last week in Nagoya the teachers were asking for a Summer Theme. It sort
of went off the tracks a bit and ended up as an "Under the Sea"
type theme, but I'm hoping to have it produced and up on the CD Owners
Club ( http://genkienglish.net/members.htm ) of the website by next week. So check back then to have a look!
The target sentence will be "What can you see?" and the answers
will be "I can see a ... whale, shark, squid, jelly fish, - crab,
sea horse, dolphin, star fish". But the song hasn't been recorded
yet, so if you have any feedback then please get in touch!
If you have any requests for new themes you'd like to see on the site,
then please let me know. With the CD Owners Club ( http://genkienglish.net/members.htm ) I can put more resources into materials that you want, and you'll be
able to download them for free as soon as I get them done, just like with
the Halloween and Easter themes.
If you want to invite me to your town for a full day workshop ( where I
can go through all the songs and games on the site), I've just re-done
the workshops page of the website. The workshops are free for Elementary
School teachers or JET programme ALTs, and there's now a special rate for
all other teachers. Full details are at: http://genkienglish.net/workshop.htm
Or if you don't fancy organising your own workshop, how about attending
one of these!
Tokyo July 2nd ( This presentation is now fully booked. There is still
standing room available, but no seats),
Fukuoka (July 3rd - getting full),
Okayama (July 16th),
Kagoshima (Kids Show and Teaching Workshop, July 23rd),
Nagoya (July 31st),
Okinawa ( YEAH! My first time there!, August 6th)
Plus I'll also be having workshops in Tokushima ( Aug 9th), Kagawa ( Aug
11th) and Oita ( August 25th) for elementary school teachers in those prefectures.
Details are on the website! http://genkienglish.net/oxford.htm
Many of them are free, or require only a small fee, so please come along
and join in!
Make Poverty History Lesson Plans
I'm sure most of you have heard about the Make Poverty History campaign
that is being timed with this year's G8 Summit. There are now also a whole
load of lesson plans and teaching materials on the www.makepovertyhistory.org
website at http://www.makepovertyhistory.org/schools/resources.shtml . It's not just English we teach.
Keep checking back on the site over the next few weeks as I have a whole
load of new things ready to go up on the site. First of all there's the
new Summer Theme above, I'm also working on printable versions of the songs
and games, with everything on one simple A4 piece of paper. Plus there'll
be black and white "colour in" versions of the minicards ( http://genkienglish.net/minicards.htm ) and a whole new Oyako Eigo section for parents to learn English to use
with their kids! I'm also working on a new idea for the dreaded 6th graders
So with travelling all around the country and all this to produce I'm going
to be very busy over the next few weeks, but I'll still be answering your
emails ( and putting the most popular ones on the site at http://genkienglish.net/questions.htm ) and helping out as much as I can!