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June 2003

Hello! I hope everything is cool with your teaching. We're in the middle of a month long tour teaching over 1,000 teachers and over 7,000 kids! But there's a load of new stuff on the website, including some great new International Understanding lesson plans (great for "serious" 6th graders) and for teachers on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme there is our list of 101 cool things to do!

Tip of the Month: Colour Days

This is a really cool tip I picked up from Derrick in Miyazaki. When doing your lesson planning, instead of choosing a theme like "transport" or body parts, try a colour. For example on the "red day" only teach words that are red such as apples, fire engines etc.

Cool idea, don't you think?

International Understanding Lesson plans

Once kids have got through some basic English it's time to use it! And of course one of the main aims of what we do is not teaching English but introducing kids to the World. In fact in Japan, this is the official aim of the elementary school programme.

But it can be pretty tricky finding suitable lessons to do. So I've taken two of the most simplest lesson and written them up on the website. One is a really cool School Lunch Menu Exchange project and the other is a "Pet Exchange" project. Try them, they work great!



101 Cool Things JETs can do

Thanks to everyone at the Kobe renewers conference Key Note Speech and in Tokyo. The conference was sponsored by the Ministry of Education and we presented to nearly a thousand people. You were fantastic!

Loads of people came up to us afterwards and lots of people were asking about our "101 Cool Ideas List". Basically if you ever find you have some time spare then have a look at this list for a little bit of inspiration!


Picture card packs

Kids love our picture cards and they make teaching English so much easier! They are free to download from the website, but if you want to print them all out yourself it could take you well over 10 hours just for the printing! Then add on another couple for the download and laminating time and it really eats into your day! So, due to popular demand, we've done the hard work for you!

There are nearly 200 pictures printed back-to-back as 100 laminated cards for nearly all of the Genki English themes. They are in full glorious colour and best of all are plastic laminated to make them strong and perfect for playing games!

Just fill in the order form and your very own set of fantastically cool cards will be on its way to you ASAP!
(Stop Press: Stock levels are running low so please allow 21 days for delivery)

From Joel Bacha: New Game "Pass the Number"

This game is from Joel Bacha's "Teachers and Kids" book. There are loads more in the book itself, check out here for details!

Focus: Numbers, Conversation
Level: Grade 1-6
Preparation: Small number cards, CD player

1. Give about half of the students a number card. (Use numbers according to the studentsf level. For example, 1st year: 1-12; 5th year: 10, 20, 30, etc.)
2. Put a fun CD in the CD player and press play.
3. While the music is playing, have the students stand up and pass the numbers to anyone they want.
4. When the music stops, everyone has to sit down where they are.
5. Call out one of the numbers.
6. The student with that number has to stand up.
7. The rest of the students, in unison, ask a question (ex. gWhen is your birthday?h)
8. After answering the question, have everyone clap and start the music again.

Notes: You can use this game to practice almost any phrase, or to practice introductions with the ALT.

If you'd like more of Joel's ideas, check out his "Teachers & Kids" book!

And Finally,

Did you check us out again on the NHK news the other day?

OK, it's back to work for us, only another 4,000 students to teach this month!!

Be genki,


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

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