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Genki English Newsletter January 2006

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1. Make a Face Song, Picture Cards & Games
2. "What's your favo(u)rite...?" Printable Picture Book
3. New Games
4. 2006 Calendar
5. Cards Printing too narrow?
6. And Finally....

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great Christmas. Now it's back to work in what promises to be a very exciting Year of the Dog. There are plenty of new things on Genki English to keep your lessons fresh and alive in 2006. Let's see what we have ...

1. Make a Face Song, Cards & Games

Another new song, this time in the "easy to teach" mould. Very simple, but very catchy for teaching parts of the face. This song works great at this time of year to fit in with the Japanese New Year game of "fukuwarai" or "make a face".

In fukuwarai all you do is draw a large blank face on the chalkboard. One kid is blindfolded and the others have to guide them as they place cut out face parts onto the board.

The picture cards for this theme were done by my cousin James, and feature our new characters called "Nose", "Ears", "Mouth", "Eye", "Eyebrows", "Cheeks", "Hair" and "Tongue". They should hopefully provide a new twist to teaching parts of the face!


The picture cards for this theme are now included with the laminated picture card pack at no extra charge.

One other really simple game for this theme is to get the kids to touch a part of their face. Then another, then another, then another, it gets fun when they run out of fingers! Putting the kids in groups and getting them to come up with their own combinations is also good fun.

2. Printable Picture Book: "Favourite Food"

Picture books can be a great way to give kids lots of fun English listening experience. If there's a nice twist in the tale the kids will want to read it again and again. Of course the trick is finding ones that have simple enough language.

So here is the first in a new online series of picture books. It features the phrase "What's your favourite....?" plus animals and food names. Anyone can read the virtual version online ( and turn the virtual pages), and if you are a CD Owner, you can download a pdf version to print out and use in class. There's also a printable version with U.S. "favorite" spelling.


Let me know what you think and I might be able to put up some more on the site.

3. Games of the Month

There are lots of great new games on the site this month, including:


There's also a selection of simple ice breaker games if you ever have any adult classes to teach:


4. Printable 2006 Calendars

As a very Special New Year's thank you to all the Genki English CD Owners Club members, here's a 12 month, printable 2006 calendar! They're great for decorating the classroom.


5. Picture Cards Printing too narrow?

Going round a few schools last year I noticed a few of them had printed out the Genki English picture cards, but they had come out elongated and looking a little funny to say the least.

The trick is to use the print box that pops up when you first load the picture card. If you cancel this box and use the file menu to print, it'll turn out funny. But if you press "OK" on the print box that pops up with the picture card, you'll have the pictures perfectly formed for A4 and looking very nice.

6 And Finally

A few people found the CD1 upgrade offer to be a little tricky to do last month, so to help you out, instead of sending in cash, you can now order online. Please use the Student Packs Order form, and if you already have a copy of CD1 you'll be OK to set the CD1 quantity to 1 and still get it for 1,980 yen including post and packing. I hope that makes a little easier for you. We'll keep the offer open till the end of January.

There are also an improved set of time flashcards, have a look: http://genkienglish.net/mrwolfsong.htm

Otherwise there are lots more new things coming up on the site. And I'm off to do my first workshop in Germany tomorrow. Thanks to everyone in Thailand last month ( I even got to have lunch with the Prime Minister!), enjoy the new song and games and have a very, very Genki 2006!


Be genki,


Richard J. Graham
Making Teaching Fun!
Primary School English Games, Songs and Activities

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."
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