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October 2003

Hello! Thanks to everyone in Korea last week, I had a great time and it was so good to see such dedicated teachers - keep up the good work!! Korea is so close to Japan that I'm sure I'll be back soon, so for any teachers in Seoul, Busan or anywhere really, if you'd like a fresh boost of ideas and energy, get in touch!

In this month's newsletter we have news of a new online phonics game (it's pretty cool) and some Hallowe'en ideas.

Phonics Game

The phonics section of the site is really popular and so here's a new addition, a talking phonics quiz game. It's really effective for showing kids the difference between a letter's sound and its name. Check out the Vowels Game now!

Halloween Ideas

Hallowe'en is quite popular and along with lots of ideas on the Discussion Board (http://genkienglish.net/discussion.mv ) on the main website there are three Hallowe'en Sections.

One is the main Hallowe'en Ideas (http://genkienglish.net/halloween.htm ) one is "Aygo's Craft Corner: Make a Jack o'lantern" (http://genkienglish.net/halloween.swf ) and there is also a cool "Spot the Difference quiz" ( http://genkienglish.net/halloweendg.htm)

here are a few excerpts:

Apple bobbing

This is a cool game to play outside during lunchbreak. Simply fill a deep barrel full of water and put some apples in. One kid at a time, with their hands tied behind their back, comes and tries to pick up one of the apples with their teeth! If they fail 3 times, a new kid has a go. (And thanks to Dennis of Nagano-ken for suggesting using vodka instead of water for more grown up students!). Another variation is to have an apple dangling from the ceiling by a string.

Costume Karuta
I had this great idea whilst having a meeting in Kagawa prefecture. First of all you prepare several sets of simple Hallowe'en costumes. Examples could be a sheet for a ghost, a hat for a witch or a mask for a wolf man, or whatever!! You split the kids into teams and each team has a full set of costumes. The teacher shouts out a word, e.g. "ghost", and the front kid from each group has to run to the costumes and put on the correct one! The fastest kid gets 2 points, if the other kid's got the correct costume they get 1 point!

Your Favourite Games

There are lots of really cool games ideas that people use everyday and then get lost or forgotten. That's one of the reasons I started this site, to make sure my games were written up for other people to use. So here's a new feature where you can let everyone know about your great games!!

And if you'd like a bit of inspiration Joshua Burns and Lynn Kernan have already sent in two fantastic games, One Red Game and Balloon Passing Game!

We need your help!

As some of you may have heard there is a new head of the Education Ministry in Japan (MEXT). One of the things that he is going to be looking at is whether to make Elementary School English an official, compulsory subject for all schools.

Now this would be a good thing, BUT there is a very real possibility that if this does happen we'll end up with a horrible JHS like boring grammar based textbook. Obviously this would kill all the hard work you and we have been doing so WE DON'T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN!!

We need your help to make sure the kids continue to love English and learn in a fun and effective way. If you want to know how you can help, click here!

And Finally,

For people on the JET programme in Japan then why not invite us to your Mid Year Conference? We'll do a motivation speech to all the JETs and then a separate workshop for ALTs who visit elementary school, it's looking like we may already be booked for Saga and Ibaraki!
And if there are any more teachers' groups in Korea, or in fact anywhere in the World, invite us! We'd love to help out!
Oh and one last thing, there's a groovy new search box on the site, try it out, it works so much better than before!

Be genki,


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

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