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Genki English Passports

Target Grade:1-6
Target English: All sorts of things

English passports are a really good motivational tool for the kids. There are lots of ways to use them, but here is a cool game!

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1. Make some passports and give them to the kids

2. Get them to fill in the relevant details. Note that we have put "fun" topics instead of the usual boring stuff!

3. If you have two teachers in the class, then they become "Immigration Inspectors" for various countries.

4. The kids have to try and gain access to the countries by showing their passport to the "immigration officer" and answering their questions. Questions could be "What's you name?" "How are you?" "Where are you from?" "Where are you going?" "When is your birthday?" "How old are you?" "What do you do?" etc. 

5. When the Officer is satisfied he lets the kid into the country. He does this by either stamping their passport, signing it or giving them a sticker! 

6. The kids have to go round and gain entry to, say, four different places. This means they visit each teacher 2 times, with the one teaching being, say, America and Australia, and the other being the UK and Canada. If you can get other teachers to help its great!

The kids really get into this and it gives them a "real life" scenario to deal with. It also gives them direct conversation practice with the teacher. You should vary the questions. Accusing someone of concealing guns or money is also quite amusing!!!!

When this lesson is done you can still use the passports. In the future, if a kid wins a game or gives a good answer, they can get a sticker, a stamp or an autograph from the teacher. These go in the 25 blank squares. If a kid manages to fill all the squares you give them a prize! Have a prize bag with all sorts of little things like pens and key rings from back home, this is the motivation part!

Some teachers occasionally do "spot checks". They throw all the kids out of the class and only allow them back in if they pass through "Immigration". The kids seem to like this!!

To get the kids to be able to fluently answer any of the questions, check out these lesson plans:
What's you name?"
"How are you?"
"Where are you from?"
"Where are you going?"
"When is your birthday?"
"How old are you?"
"What do you do?"

NEW: If you have the Genki English Teachers Set, there are new Passport "Stickers" to download in the VIP Owners Club.

And we also have some printable sticker cards:
Here's what you put on the back:

And you choose one of these for the front!


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