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Genki English Newsletter November 2006

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1. Picture Book Fiesta
2. What do you think of ...? Game
3. Download Songs Pack
4. Hip Hop Quizzes + Senior High Worksheets
5. And finally


I hope you had a nice Halloween. Let's get cracking on some very fun, and very cool ideas for November...

1. Picture Book Fiesta

This month we have not one, but six new online picture books for you. They all feature really, really simple English and of course a very nice punchline at the end. You have....

* Family
* Let's build a house
* How are you?
* How old are you?
* Transport
* Sports

There are online versions for your students ( be sure to tell them the address), and if you are a CD Owners Club member there are "pdf" versions to print out to use in class.


A few ideas to make the books more fun:

*Ask questions about the page e.g. Is this Baby Monkey's dad?, Is this Baby Monkey's grandma?, Who's this? etc.
*Ask about colours of things.
*Ask "What's this?"
*Ask the kids to guess what happens next
*Have the kids come up with their own original endings.
*Have kids write their own versions of the books.
*Generally recycle the target English in as many ways as possible, both today's and everything you've taught before.
*Think "Drama!", especially on the final pages.
*Try making plays out of the books. ( Even the parents should be able to understand).
*Try using a projector in class to make them really big.
*Put them on the classroom wall once you've read them. The kids can re-read them to their friends.

This month we also have pre-printed "Story board" versions of the books for sale. Laminated in A4 size, and priced from 1,100 to 1,900 yen they are a great preparation time saver.

Have a look yourself at: http://www.genkienglish.net/picturebookhouse.htm

2. Game of the Month: What do you think of..?

This month's game comes from Sanada Sensei in Fukui, and goes with CD5's "What do you think of ...?" theme.

1. Put the kids in groups.
2. Choose an answer you want to give. e.g. "Good" or "Not good" or "So so".
3. The kids have to think of sentences that will get this response from you e.g. "What do you think of Lego Star Wars II?", "What do you think of cola?",
4. If the question fits the required answer, they get a point.

Obviously this is a higher level theme, so you want to stick to topics such as famous people, movies, songs, computer games etc. It's great for the kids as they have to think of what types of things you are likely to know. If they pick, for example, a local singer who you've never heard of, the answer is "I don't know" and they don't get the points.

3. Download Songs Pack

If you need a genki boost of energy in a hurry, or are in a place where the postal service isn't too hot, you can now download your favourite Genki English songs in the "Download Pack". More information is on the site at ....


( Oh, and don't forget the free sample song: "Hello, how are you?" http://genkienglish.net/howRU.htm )

4. Hip Hop Quizzes + Senior High Lesson Plans & Worksheets

For your older students, the Hip Hop podcast songs are now funky interactive online quizzes. You listen to the lyrics, click the correct answer and get a final score. At first students are like "Yeah, so?", but then the adrenaline kicks in, and it's a really addictive way to practise listening. Can you get full marks on them all?


ALT Jeff has very kindly sent in all his Senior High School lesson plans, worksheets ( 2 or 3 per lesson), and even the final exam he uses. If you know anyone who teaches in Senior High School, be sure to tell them about the page, it should be a life saver!


5. And finally...

There has been a lot of new material on the site over the last month, and still lots to come. For example....

To have a peek into the classrooms of other teachers, you'll want to check out 2 new blogs we have. One is from Roger in Hokkaido, and the other is Sunomata's Life in the Classroom. They are packed full of the little details that make the difference between a killer lesson and a big flop. They're updated really often and are a great way to start your day, check out the links from my own blog at:

There are also newly updated graphics for the Monkey Family, Where are you going?, What are you doing? and the Genki Christmas theme. Use the "Songs/Themes" menu at the top of the site, it's the quickest way to find them. They are very cute.

Christmas is coming up soon and on the discussion board we have a "beta" version of a new Christmas picture book ( and a "bugs" picture book), that you might want to try out. http://genkienglish.net/forum.htm And there'll be lots of new Christmas material coming up over the next few weeks.

Oh, and there are another 40 of Readers' Games that now have Japanese translations. As usual, print out both versions to show your teachers what you plan to do in class.

If you're going to be at JALT conference in Kokura on the weekend, I'm giving a workshop ( in Japanese) at 4:10 PM on the Saturday. It's a basics workshop mainly aimed at Primary School teachers, but I'll also be introducing lots of new stuff including the new picture books. So please pop along.

Enjoy the new picture books: http://genkienglish.net/picturebookfamily.htm

Be genki,


Richard J. Graham
The Genki way to Teach.
Primary School English Games, Songs and Activities

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