Hello! How are things going? This month is a bumper issue of the newsletter,
enjoy, and as usual your feedback is much appreciated!
1. GenkiEnglish.com on TV
2. Real Weather Game
3. Joel Bacha's New Website
4. "Kids English"
5. The genkiest thing since enriched vitamin drinks
6. March shows
GenkiEnglish.com on TV
Next week we'll be on national TV twice! On Monday 10th March NHK will
be re-broadcasting the GenkiEnglish.com documentary at 10AM on BS channel
1 (great to watch at school!) and on Thursday 13th March you'll be able
to see Genki English in action in the TBS drama "Wataru Seken wa Oni
Bakari". This is a mega popular Japanese drama (something like the
UK's "Coronation Street") and they have filmed a special scene
where one of the main characters, Hina chan, will be learning English using
GenkiEnglish.com materials! Pretty cool, eh!!
Real Weather Game
I came across this idea at a cool presentation the other day, try it out
1. Split the kids into groups.
2. Give each group a map with several cities marked on it and a dice with
different weather symbols on each face
3. The kids role the dice for each city and write down what the weather's
4. When all the cities are marked down, look in the paper and find out
the real weather in each city.
5. For each city that the kids have the correct weather for, they get a
Joel Bacha's curriculum guide book "Teachers and Kids" has been
proving really popular, not only for all the info about making a curriculum,
but also for the huge amount of games and ideas he introduces! Well, to
offer support to people who have bought the book (or who would like to
know more about it), he's put up a whole new website devoted to his way
of teaching. Joel has given many conferences in Japan, many at the national
level, and his material is really worth a look, especially the amazing
links section! http://www.teacherskids.com
Last year we were sent off to Hollywood to film a massive new series of
English videos for kids (don't laugh, it's true! I have a picture of Will
and Nicholas Cage to prove it!). Anyway, along with the whole curriculum,
picture books and songs that we wrote, this massive collection is finally
available (although without Nicholas Cage)! Unlike the GenkiEnglish.com
products (which are published by ourselves), this new series, called "Kids
English", is published by a company called SSI, famed for their motivation
It's a huge set of books, videos, CDs, talking bears and full support to
let parents of little kids get into English at home. If you can read Japanese,
have a look at the full info on the website, where you can also fill in
a form and we'll send you a groovy colour brochure! http://genkienglish.net/kidsenglishj.htm
If you have any friends with young kids, this is the programme for them!
"...the genkiest thing since enriched vitamin drinks!"
Thank you to everyone who has filled out the GenkiEnglish.com survey! The
results are great and have already led to many improvements on the site.
Needless to say the most popular parts of the site are the MP3 songs and
games. Thank you everyone for your great quotes, here are a selection:
"Use the clipart. The pictures are clear, funny and above all,
the kids love them." G. McCrohan, Japan
"If it's not genki, it's not worth doing" - Piji in Thailand
"Genki English? Don't even think about going near a classroom
without it." - Chris in Okinawa
"Go the Genki way for great results" - Victoria, Hong Kong
"You guys have made me the most popular ALT my elementary schools
have had in the last 10 years." - Liz, Japan
And the best one has to be "Genki English is the genkiest thing since
enriched vitamin drinks!"
We'll be touring the country again in March - thank you for everyone who came to see us this month, all several thousand of you!! And just to prove that TV fame hasn't gone to our heads, we'll be rounding off the month with a free show at our local orphanage!
There are quite a lot more new things on the site, including new clip art for "fruits" and "adjectives" (check out the "scary" card!) at http://genkienglish.net/clipart.htm. I also put up a groovy "Fukuwarai Face Building Game" just
after the last newsletter. Pass this one onto your friends, it's great
fun even if you don't use it to learn English! http://genkienglish.net/fukuwarai.html
If you're a JET in Japan, now is the time that the Boards of Education finish up the budgets for next year, so if you'd like us to come along to your Mid Year Conference next winter, then now is the time to ask!! Get in touch with us (http://genkienglish.net/contact.htm ) or your Prefectural Advisor!
Don't forget GenkiEnglish.com on TV next week and have a very Genki March!!