Wow, what a busy month!! We've been up
and down the country again! So this month's
update has news of the new updates, news
about our travels and a really groovy lesson
idea from Hutch in Iwate!
We've had more and more teachers in Japan
asking their schools and Boards of Educations
to pay for the Genki English CDs - and they
have been doing so! So first check
that it's OK with your supervisor, then when
you make your order tell us that you'd like
a "seikyusho" (type of invoice).
Either you or your school will pay the Cash
On Delivery and can claim the money
back later!! Or if they are a bit stricter,
we can arrange for them to pay direct into
the Genki English account, just let us know
when ordering! Great, eh?! If your
BOE pays, it effectively means you get the
CDs for free!!
The order form is here, http://genkienglish.net/order.htm, or if you are in Japan you can simply reply
to this email and tell us your name, address,
telephone number and how many copies of CD
vol. 1, and how many copies of CD vol. 2
you'd like! Order Both CDs for 9130
yen and you also get a FREE set of worksheets!
FREE Genki English Show in Matsuyama!
On July 14th we'll be having our first Genki
English Show that will be open to the general
public - and it's free!! If you live anywhere
near Matsuyama in Ehime, then tell your Primary
School age students, and their parents, to
come along! The place is Matsuyama Sougou
Fukushi Center, at 9:30 AM, Saturday
July 14th. Email us to reserve your place! firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW: Joel's Guide to Elementary Schools &
On the website you'll find a full report
of everything that Joel Bacha covered in
his Kobe workshops. There's also an excellent
passage written by the Japanese Education
Ministry concerning the new Primary School
curriculum that will be introduced next year.
A good read! http://genkienglish.net/joelskobe.htm
NEW: Hoops game!
I haven't actually uploaded any new games
for a while! So here is a very simple game
that's great to play in the class, or outside
if it's not raining (Japan is in the middle
of the rainy season at the moment!).
For teaching "international understanding"
in your schools, the "Go! En" project
is a great way to teach your kids about other
countries, and help underprivileged
kids in these countries by collecting 5 yen
coins. Have a look at the website and
see if you can help! http://www.geocities.com/ajetvsig/GoEnMainpage.html
NEW: Genki English at home!
Lots of parents are really interested in
teaching their kids at home, so I've put
up this page that explains how to use the
Genki English games and songs at home! Tell
your students' parents about it, it's a great
way for the kids to learn! http://genkienglish.net/parents.htm
Kobe Re-contracting JETs conference
We were very proud to be asked by the amazing
girls and guys at AJET to present at
the Kobe conference for people on the Japan
Exchange and Teaching programme! It
was a bit different to our normal type of
presentation, but we did a mix of some
fun teaching stuff and of course the "Genki
Speech" - you guys rocked!!! Thank
you very much to all the people who
attended. Tuesday night was good, but Thursday
was packed solid - you were mega GENKI!!
With the idea that you should always keep
the interests of your students in mind when
planning lessons, the free beer
coupons went down very well - thanks to the
staff at Dubliners in Kobe for providing
So remember what I said, being a JET is one
of the best jobs in the world. You get to
teach a few hours a day, and have lots of
free, structured time that you can do anything
in!! It's not "every situation is different",
it's "Every situation is what you make
it!". Hopefully I proved that even with
a terrible school or Board of Education ,
you can still make a huge impact! Even though
you might not realise it, the influence you
have on your kids is enormous, the things
you teach them now will stay with them forever.
We saw it when we went round Japan, it's
not the Japanese teachers who are changing
the country (they're too busy!), it's YOU!
Let's see if we really can get the 2010 edition
of the Lonely Planet to say "Up until
10 years ago English wasn't widely understood,
but now thanks to the teachers of 2001, every
school kid in Japan speaks fluent English!!".
Back to basics ..........
Just before Kobe I was teaching a group of
around 40 total beginner Primary School teachers
in a city where they'll have to start English
next year. That was eye opening! After months
of teaching people groovy games, motivation
techniques and ways of curing accents, it
was back down to basics by giving answers
such as "Well actually, it is
possible for Japanese people to learn
to speak English"or "No, if they
learn English it wont make their kanji writing
worse", and "No English isn't difficult,
it's not Quantum Mechanics or Genetic Engineering.
In our countries there are very many people
who aren't as clever as you, but speak fluent
Confidence is the key!!! So for all of us
who do speak English, motivating the non-English
speaking teachers as well as the kids is
just as important! Sometimes people have
very stereotyped misconceptions of learning
languages. So it's our job to make sure that
everyone has the right frame of mind, the
confidence to speak, isn't afraid to make
mistakes and thinks "Yeah, this is easy
and it's fun!! I want to do more!!!"
Jamie "Hutch" Hutchison sent us
this great idea for older Primary School
kids who want to try something different.
First of all teach some adjectives (see my
vocab list page for some suitable ones http://genkienglish.net/vocablist.htm ). From these, the kids each choose one.
They then choose a noun to go with it e.g.
"Japan is big"
Then you introduce the "er"
and choose another word.
"Earth is bigger"
Then introduce the "est"
and choose another noun
"Space is biggest"
This is great way to get the kids to think
about things. If you do teach writing, then
it's cool practice (and a great decoration
for the wall), if not, they can simply use
picture cards to help them remember!
So there you go, a cool little poem.
"Japan is big.
Earth is bigger.
Space is biggest."
Since getting back to Japan we're having
a huge surge of interest in our shows and
seminars. Some of the dates we have confirmed
are: June23rd (Kyoto), July 7th (Yamaguchi),
August 21st-24th (Edogawa, Tokorozawa, Yokohama,
Shizuoka), August 26th (Tokyo), September
8th (Tokyo), Sep 9th (Nagoya), Sep 15th (Fukuoka),
Sep 16th (Osaka). Plus we're still discussing
many others!! Want us to come to your area?
Get in touch!
Sorry for the newsletter being so Japan specific
this time, I'll try and make it more "Worldly
Wise" next month!!
Thanks again to everyone for your support!!
And of course, please send this email to
anyone you think may be interested in
teaching languages to kids!