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Genki English Newsletter April 2006

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1. New CD Vol. 6
2. "Where do you live?"
3. Updated Easter Cards + B&W Mini Cards
4. Dominoes from Roger in Imakane
5. And Finally ( from Thailand).....


No it's not an April fool's, there's a brand new Genki English CD Out today! Plus there is lots of really cool new stuff for you on the site, so let's see what we have.

1. New CD Vol. 6

Do you want a few more fun songs that are really fun and really easy to use in class? Well, thanks to lots of feedback from lots of teachers, "Easy to Teach" has been the motto with this new CD. It contains all the CD Owners Club bonus tracks ( Easter, Halloween, Make a Face, Under the Sea etc.), all professionally remastered now with karaoke versions, computer games, mini lessons, A4 picture cards and minicards. Plus there are two brand new themes "Do you have any pets?" & "Where do you live?".

It's now available as part of the CD Set ( http://genkienglish.net/cdset.htm ) or Superpack ( http://genkienglish.net/superpack.htm ) and if you are a CD Owners Club Member as a special "thank you" you can order your copy before April 30th and pay only 1,980 yen ( including post & packing). You can order the sets from the normal order form ( http://genkienglish.net/order.htm ), or CD Owners can use the Student Pack order form ( http://genkienglish.net/studentpacks.htm ) to get the special price.

If you live outside Japan, email me ( http://genkienglish.net/contact.htm ) and I'll go through the upgrade offers we have for you.

To find out more about the new songs & to hear some demos of the songs, have a look here:


2. "Where do you live?" Song & Games

To help with the new "Where do you live?" song ( http://genkienglish.net/wheredoyoulive.htm - check out the great new picture cards), here are a couple of games that will help you teach this theme.

Weaving Through Town

This was sent in by reader Josh Katz and he got the idea from his class' classroom teacher.

1. Simply place picture cards of several locations on several of the kids' desks. ( e.g. in this song we have "I live near the forest, river, bridge, farm, hospital, station, castle, supermarket" but you can also use the words from the "Where are you going?" song http://genkienglish.net/going.htm ).
2. The kids ask the teacher "Where do you live?"
3. The teacher says "I live near ..." plus one of the locations.
4. The kids use "left, right, forward, back" etc. to guide the teacher home.

Very simple, but very effective!

The other game is "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.

3. New Easter Picture Cards & Mini Cards

The "Easter Egg Hunt" song ( http://genkienglish.net/eastersong.htm ) has also had its graphics jazzed up for the new CD6, so be sure to check out the very nice new A4 picture cards, colour mini cards and for this theme there are also black & white minicards to download. The Halloween theme ( http://genkienglish.net/halloweensong.htm ) has also been updated, but I don't think you'll be needing that just yet.

4. Printable Dominoes from Roger in Imakane

Genki English reader Roger from Imakane has been a worksheet machine this month, and he's very kindly agreed to have them on the site for everyone to use and enjoy. The best ones are a series of printable dominoes, but he also has crosswords and word searches. There is a nice selection on the site at the moment and there will be more coming as soon as I get chance to get them uploaded.

In fact Roger has sent so much great stuff in I've given him his own corner on the games page:


5. And Finally

After a brief stop in Tokyo, I'm actually in Thailand at the moment. The Education Ministry has decided to put Genki English in every single elementary school in the country. It's a tough project to do, but with everyone's help and feedback in Japan and elsewhere, I'm sure we can make a huge difference over here. The Thai teachers are some of the genkiest I've ever seen but especially in the countryside they lack a lot of the resources and training that we in other countries can sometimes take for granted. Last week I held workshops for 500 teachers, and this week have 9 hours of workshops for the national teacher training programme. The great news for you guys is that the Thai teachers keep giving me loads of really great ideas too, so you can look forward to some more brilliant ideas from the land of smiles up on the site soon!

For this month though, enjoy CD6, I'm really proud of it and I'm sure your kids are going to love it!

Be genki,


Richard J. Graham
The Easy way to Teach.
Primary School English Games, Songs and Activities

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
Will Rogers

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