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Genki English Newsletter March 2006

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1. Olympic Medal Game
2. "Do you like...?" song - Easy to Teach Remix
3. "How you doing?" Hip Hip Song
4. 12 new classroom themes
5. And Finally.....


The Olympics are certainly providing lots of great ways to spice up lessons this week. There's a nice new game here, and two new songs for you. Enjoy!

1. Olympic Medal Game

One great game for the Olympics is to everyday print out the medals table in English from the Torino website ( http://www.torino2006.org/ENG/IDF/MDL/MDL_Big.html ) . Then...

Give each group a copy.
Ask a question, such as "How many medals does Finland have?"
The quickest team to answer is the winner.
Draw up a medals table for the class on the board, and give this group a gold medal.
The winning team then asks another question for another team to get the silver medal.

Great for numbers, countries & phonics practice for countries they don't know!

Google Earth have also uploaded detailed maps of the Torino area. Print outs of these could be a great way to practise "Where is ...?" plus some of the events. Again this is especially good if you do phonics work, as the kids can read the sports and have a guess as to what they are.


Plus there are 5 new readers' games on the website:


2. Do you like....? Easy to Teach Remix.

I've always liked CD3s "Do you like...?" song, but I've had a lot of feedback from teachers who don't like the fact that the kids have to rehearse the song before you can sing it. This is one reason why I don't often use it in demo classes myself. Similarly I've also had feedback from teachers outside Japan that the food theme can be a bit tough to do in one go.

So if you are a CD Owner, you can now download the "Easy to Teach remix" to make life a lot easier for you.

In this new version the teacher simply asks "Do you like apples?", "Do you like bananas?" etc. and the kids answer if they do or don't. It's really simple and will make the main version on CD3or CD5's Ordering Food Theme a lot easier to do. It's also really good for getting over the "Do you like apple/ Do you like apples?" singular/plural problem that Japanese learners often have. Instead of tedious grammar explanations, they can natural learn the correct English using the song - very easy!


3. "How you doing?" Hip Hop Podcast

Here's another song for your High School or Adult students. It's a hip hop style trick for learning lots of answers to "How are you?" and other ways to ask.

If you have iTunes, it's free to download as a podcast. There's the original version with audio "mini lessons" in Japanese to help explain everything ( in a genki way of course) or if you're outside Japan, there's a version with just the songs, all in English.

If you know anyone with an iPod, be sure to tell them about it.


4. 12 New Classroom Themes

Now that the Kids English pack is available to order directly through Genki English ( albeit only in Japan), I've put up pages of advice ( plus song lyrics ) on how to use the 12 themes in a classroom setting. The videos, songs and books are a great source of material if you have slightly more advanced kindergarten or elementary school kids. Even if you don't have the Kids English set, there are lots of good game ideas here.


The themes are:

Bubble Bubble ( parts of the body)
In the Kitchen...
Photo Safari ( animals)
Going Shopping
Happy Birthday
At the Beach
Ready, Steady, Go ( transport )
At the Park
Hide and Seek
Dressing Up! ( Clothes )
Just imagine ...
Merry Christmas

5. And Finally

I'm back in Japan for 5 days in March, then to Hawaii and back to Thailand for 2 weeks of training workshops with the British Council and Thai Education Ministry. Then I'll be back in Japan from mid April, so get requests for workshops in as soon as you can.

If you want to keep up to date with things on a more regular basis than the monthly newsletter, be sure to have a look at my daily blog which has lots and lots of useful ideas and links to other very nice websites.


Be genki,


Richard J. Graham
The Easy way to Teach.
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