Japanese Version

Genki English Newsletter September 2005

To receive your own FREE monthly email newsletter, enter your email address below!


1. Weather Clap Clap Game
2. Adults / High School Songs
3. Vegetable Cards
4. Printable Curriculum
5. And Finally...


Welcome back to the new term, and this month there's a really simple new game to try and for those of you who teach adults or High School Classes, there is a whole new series of higher level songs for you!

1. Game of the Month: Weather Clap Clap Game

This is a great game that I got from Minami Sensei in Oita. It's very simple and is great to use part way through a lesson, e.g. in the weather theme ( http://genkienglish.net/weather.htm ) teach four words, then try this game, then the rest of the words and then the song.

1. Everyone stands up.
2. Everyone says "What's the weather like?" ( or "How's the weather?" if you like)
3. Everyone claps two times.
4. Everyone chooses one type of weather and whilst singing the line ( e.g. "It's rainy") they do the gesture.
5. If any of the kids have chosen the same weather as the teacher, they are out and sit down.
6. Repeat from 2 until all the kids are sat down.

You can use it with any of the themes, especially things like "How are you?" or "Animals" or anything really. The kids probably already play the rock paper scissors version of this game with the teacher to choose who goes first in a class activities, so they pick it up really quickly.

2. Songs for High School / Adults

I've had lots of requests for Genki English songs for adult learners. I find that in a class setting the kids' songs work just as well ( or even better) for adults, but I've been playing around with some new songs that feature more complex English, and are designed for adult students to listen to and study on their own. They might also be cool for high school students.

I'm still trying to figure out the best way of doing these songs, e.g. what styles of music, what English to include etc. So I figured "Why not give them away and see what people think?" So that's what I'm doing. Eventually they'll be in a CD/Book form, but for now please feel free to download these songs, give them to your students and please give me as much feedback as you can, so the next set will be even more helpful!

Or if you have requests for target English or music styles then please let me know ( http://genkienglish.net/contact.htm ) and I'll see what I can do!

The current songs are:

If you had a million dollars...
Dream Holiday
What shall I do today?
Excuse me, where's the ... ?
What do you do in your free time?
Have you ever ...


3. Vegetable A4 cards

I never used to teach vegetables as the kids never seemed that excited by them! But things do seem to have changed in the last few years. The key seems to be to make them look cute. So as people have been asking for vegetable flash cards, I've taken the ones from the Food Song ( http://genkienglish.net/food.htm ) and made them into 8 individual A4 cards that you can download if you are a CD Owner ( http://genkienglish.net/members.htm ) . I've also put them in the "I like ..." form ( e.g. "carrots" instead of "carrot" ) so it's easier for the kids to use straight away.



4. Printable Curriculum

I just realised that it takes a lot of pages to print out the Genki English curriculum, so last week I put up a 2 page printable version. It's in English and Japanese so you can show your school what you're doing, and there are spaces to write in what themes are to be done on which days, which should help you organising the term's schedule. I know how busy you are!


5. And Finally...

I've actually just got back from Korea, and hopefully I'll be having a big workshop there in November, full details will be on the site when I get them. And I'm now heading off to Thailand for a week to sort out a Genki English project there. During that time we'll still be sending orders off from Japan, and I'll do my best to keep up to my email whilst I'm on the road!

Enjoy the Autumn term!

Be genki,


Richard J. Graham
Primary School English Games, Songs and Activities

All learning begins with the simple phrase, "I don't know."
-- by... author unknown

And if you like the ideas in this newsletter, please feel free to pass it along to your friends!

To receive your own FREE monthly email newsletter, enter your email address below!

Previous Newsletters: 

August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004 - Part 2!
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003
October 2003
August 2003
June 2003
May 2003
April 2003
March 2003
January 2003
December 2002
November 2002
October 2002
September 2002
July/August 2002
June 2002

May 2002
April 2002
March 2002
February 2002
January 2002
December 2001
November 2001
October 2001Newsletter
September 2001 Newsletter
June 2001 Newsletter
May 2001 Newsletter Part Two!
May 2001 Newsletter Part One
April 2001 Newsletter
March  2001 Newsletter
February 2001 Newsletter
January 2001 Newsletter
December 2000 Newsletter!
November 2000 Newsletter
September/October 2000 Newsletter
August/September 2000 Newsletter
July/August 2000 Newsletter
June/July 2000 Newsletter
May/June 2000 Newsletter
April/May 2000 Newsletter
March/April 2000 Newsletter
February/March 2000 Newsletter
January/February 2000 Newsletter

Sign up to get my top tips, games & hints via email!

Copyright (C) 1999/2023 by Richard Graham www.GenkiEnglish.com
Main Menu -|- Buy the Set -|- Contact Me