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August 2003

Hello, I hope things are going great for you, and here are a few ideas to make teaching even easier!

3 New Games

New games always come in handy and In July I was presenting a series of professional development workshops in Surin, Thailand. Whilst I was there I picked up these three new games:

The Dice Game (great for any vocab)

Balloon Game

What did you say game? (a bit more advanced, for teaching words like "sorry, what did you say?)


You're beautiful! You're cool! You're fantastic!

Here's a cool little tip from Conrad...

When making groups, assign names such as "Beautiful", "Cool, "Wonderful, "Fantastic", "Amazing". You point to a student and say "You're beautiful", then to the next one "You're cool" etc.

Then you can say things like "all the fantastic people stand up", or ask people "Are you cool?" or "I think you're beautiful"

Great for self esteem building!

Fancy volunteering to teach in Thailand?

Teaching in Thailand is great, the people are so motivated, you should really give it a go! If you fancy seeing how things are done in other countries, why not volunteer to teach in Thai schools? They really appreciate any time you can give and I'm sure you'll love it as well, check out this website here:

For new JETs...

Welcome to Japan!! All the new teachers on the Japanese Government's JET programme should have arrived by now, and of course if you're going to be teaching in Elementary School (the best part of being a JET!) you need to check out Genki English. There are a couple of useful articles in the article/advice section of the site just for you;

What are we supposed to be teaching in Japanese elementary schools?

Your first day in Elementary School

Want some more ideas? Want to motivate your students?

Come along to our teacher training workshops, or bring your students along to one of our Kids Shows! You'll be glad you did!

Fukuoka Maruzen Bookstore, August 18th (for teachers)
Kanagawa ken, Hiratsuka, August 24th (kids show and teaching seminar)
Nagoya, August 26th (Kids Show)
Nagoya, August 27th (Teaching Seminar)
Okayama, August 28th (Teaching Seminar for the city board of education)
Osaka, September 7th (Kids show and teaching seminar)
Sapporo, September 14th - Sapporo Maruzen bookstore (for teachers)
Seoul, September 20th, Teaching Seminar

Check out the website for full details

And Finally,

We're here to make your teaching more effective and easier to prepare. Do it well and keep being Genki and you'll get some great results! And remember to keep in touch!

Be genki,


Richard J. Graham  B.Sc. AMInstP
Primary School English Games, Songs and Activities 
Email: richard@genkienglish.net

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