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April 2004

Hello! There's lots of new stuff for you this month, so let's get cracking...

Game of the Month: "Where do you live?" Shiritori

This is a cool way of doing the classic game of Shiritori even if your kids don't know how to read or write. The basic idea with shiritori is that you use the last letter of a word as the first letter of the next word. e.g. you say "egg", then I say "game" then you say "elephant" etc. etc. But in this version you ask the kids "Where do you live?". One kid answers, for example, "I live in Fukuoka", any place name is OK. Then this kid says to another kid "Where do you live?" and that kid has to answer with a place that begins with "ka" (this is how the rule works for Japanese place names) e.g. "I live in Kagawa" etc. etc. It sounds a bit tricky but the kids love it! A good variation is to put the kids in a circle, you ask the question and the quickest kid to put their hand up gets to answer and gets a prize or counter thrown at them!
I got this idea from Nicky in Yanagawa.Thank you!
Or check out here for the original Shiritori:


Instead of the traditional bingo game where kids cross off squares, this time get them to put markers or counters over several squares. If an answer comes out to be one they have a marker on, they take it off. Keep going. When they have removed all their markers they have won, and shout out "Bongo!"
I got this idea from Sunday's ACET meeting, if you're in Fukuoka pop along, they're a great group of people!

Come along to Osaka on Saturday April 24th

I'll be a doing a free workshop for Nellie's Bookstore in Osaka on Sunday 24th. I'll be doing some new ideas and games as well as the new Genki Phonics. So if you'll be in the area, please pop along. Place and Time details will be on the website nearer the time.

Wanted Junior High School Ideas!

Do you have any cool Junior High ideas or lesson plans? Well, if you could put ten good ideas or lesson plans on the Junior High ideas board, I'll send you your choice of Genki English CD as a thank you present. Basically I just want to help out teachers of older kids, so if you have some ideas, please share them! You can post ideas wherever you happen to be teaching, be it China or Zanzibar.

CDs for homework? They're now 20% off.

Lots of teachers have been asking about using the Genki English CDs as homework for their students. The results have been great, with kids coming into lessons fully able to remember all the English they've learnt. So now on the site you can save up to 20% on the price of CDs by ordering them in packs of 20 or more for your students. You can either sell them on to parents and keep the profit, or simply charge the parents the reduced price. In either case your kids will have a great chance to learn English at home, and the parents will be thrilled to see how well their kids are doing.


And Finally,

I'm very nearly finished with the first Genki Phonics CD, so keep checking back at the site for updates. Hopefully later this week there'll be some more free phonics worksheets. There are also new flashcards for the "Where are you from?" theme, and reader Richard Malthus has sent in his "Subbing Soccer" game. Check it out:


Oh, and if you like the ideas in this newsletter, please feel free to pass it along to your friends!

Be genki,

Richard J. Graham
Primary School English Games, Songs and Activities
Email: newsletter@genkienglish.net

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