I'm writing this newsletter in the
hotel where the Aomori JET conference is
taking place, I think people were pretty
surprised at just how genki Genki English
is!! We're just about in the middle of the
tour, it's very tiring, but a lot of fun!!
Thanks to everyone who has helped us out!!
The highpoint so far? The Genki English show
in Chippubetu, with a load of kids, nearly
100 ALTs, a dancing castle and a dancing
leek, all singing "What's your name?" and doing the "left and right" dance!!!!
Wanna see what our shows involve? We took
some video last week and now have them on
the homepage! The kids learnt these songs
in only 10 minutes! Check out What's your name? Left and Right, What time is it Mr Wolf?, and the Thank you song!
This month's new idea is the Doctor Doctor Game! A fun way to practice body parts (and some
first aid?). On the homepage there is a more
detailed description with pictures, but here's
a brief run down!
1. Split the kids into pairs. One is the doctor, one is the patient.
2. Give each doctor a metre or so of toilet paper.
3. The teacher, or the students, choose a body part.
4. Everyone shouts out together "Doctor, Doctor my (body part) hurts!" e.g. if you chose "head", everyone would shout out "Doctor, Doctor my head hurts!".
5. Each doctor wraps their patient's corresponding body part!!
6. Patients and doctors exchange roles.
7.Repeat from 3
It's fun, and can get very artistic!
Can High School kids use Genki English? Well,
yes they can! We've just made a new page
called Kawaii Eigo (or "Cute" English - Japanese
kids love anything that is "cute"),
which collects together all the taking pages
on Genki English. The page is very pink and
I'm sure your kids, whether elementary or
High school, would love to play around on
Speaking of body parts, this is a
new twist on "Heads and Shoulders"
that I heard the other day. Split the kids
into groups. Each group has to think up new
words for "Heads and shoulders".
For example "Ear, leg, hand and cheek"
or something! They then get to perform their
new version- with the actions of course!
When teaching songs I always used to teach
the target English, practice with a game
and then go through a song. This worked great
for a 40 minute lesson. But now with the
Genki English Shows I'm having to teach a
whole new set of English to several hundred
kids at a time in 10 minutes!! So the best
way I've found is to just teach the song
first! I go through each line, singing along
with the kids and doing the actions. Then
we do it together with the recorded music.
I briefly mention what the meaning is, but
leave it up to the kids to figure it out,
and they do get it quickly! This means that
I can teach the Left and Right song, The What time is it Mr Wolf? Song, the What's your name? Song and the Thank you song all in one 45 minute lesson!! Have a go,
teach the song and then if you have time
practice the language with the games afterwards!
And remember the golden rule of elementary
school "Genki is as Genki does"!
I heard this game the other day from Debi
in Hokkaido. It's basically the same as my
Rocket Launch game, but a bit cuter! All the kids crouch
down and fold their arms above their head
in an egg shape. Everyone counts from 1 to
12 (remember it's more useful to teach 1
to 12 as you can then easily teach time),
and when you reach 0 the chicks hatch out
of the eggs!
A lot of people have been asking for a compact,
printed out set of instructions on how to
use the Genki English CDs. So I've condensed
the info on the homepage into two A4
sheets, one for CD1 and one for CD2. You can get them on the page as html files,
or Word files. Also, if you have bought the
CD and would like me to send you a copy of
the sheets, then please get in touch!
Well, this is probably a silly paragraph
as I think we've been in just about every
Newspaper you could name! In Hokkaido we
also got a spot on NHK radio - very fun!
And lots of our shows in Aomori were shown
on TV! Also check out Genki English in the
November 8th issue of "New Kyouiku and
Pasokon" magazine, and my own column
in the new "Kids Com" magazine
which will be out in December!
This isn't really anything to do with Genki
English, but may be of interest to JETs
(teachers on the Japan Exchange and Teaching programme). A mate of ours, Scott, runs a
mail order business in Aomori selling
skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor gear.
He's promised to give JETs some good deals,
so if you need some stuff for the winter,
give him a mail on email@example.com and tell him Genki English sent you!
We still have a few slots free in our tour
schedule, and remember that our seminars are available for anyone to join in!
Just give me a call or an email! And don't forget Will's tour diary - find out about our adventures, and a bit
about what it's like being a JET teacher
See you later,
Richard J. Graham
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