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Euis wrote in to ask:

Hello,

How do we decide the lessons for each grades? Which lessons for first graders, second, third etc.

Hi Euis,

Even if students have “studied” English before,  as Genki English is so different you always need to start new students (whatever their age) from the beginning of the curriculum.     This is to make sure you cover all the confidence and positive thinking aspects of the learning process.

Ninja Tip:  For adults/ high school,  tell them it’s like an “extended review” and you’re just trying to figure out their level.  What you’ll usually find is that although they probably “know” many of the phrases, they don’t have the confidence to use them.  Hence they end up loving the songs and particular the adrenaline in the games!  Calling it a “review” takes off any pressure.  Kids of course don’t mind at all as it’s so much fun!  

In the next year the existing students will just continue on with the curriculum from where you finished last year.

And any new students will again start from the beginning.

Ninja Tip:   At a push you could let one student join a class that is part way through,  and get the other kids to teach them all the “I can do it!”  ”Losing means try again” rules etc.   but it’s best if they wait to start a brand new class.  Business wise this also makes sense too.

Euis then went on to ask:

How many lessons should be mastered by first graders etc.  ……. (for example).  I’m still confused. *thanks for helping

No worries, as I said Genki English is a bit different!

Just like with anything in life,  this is all your choice, you can go as fast or slow as you like!

Practically this usually comes down to how many lessons you choose to have per week.

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For example in countries like Japan students usually have just 1 lesson per week so they get through around a third of the curriculum in one year.  (Or the whole thing in around 3 to 4 including the phonics.)

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In Korea or China it’s usually around 2 lessons per week, so they get through around half the curriculum in the year.

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In India where they have lessons everyday the kids finish everything and can speak and read in 9 months.

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And in Tanzania, where the pressure is really on, they get the amazing results in just 6 weeks!!

Ninja Tip:  Remember the key is not to keep your students paying for as long as possible like with the chain schools,  your goal is to get the kids graduated and fluent as quickly as possible.   That’s how you make a sustainable, ethical business and also how you change the world. :)

So it’s up to you to decide how many lessons you have and what goals you want and that determines how much they can do each year.

Does that make sense?

Be genki,

Richard

P.S.   For deciding which lessons to teach,  I’d always recommend starting with the order in the Genki English curriculum.  This is the easiest to teach and has a nice balance of challenge and easy themes that build on each other.   But of course flexibility is important too.  So if you want to teach Under the Sea in the summer or Make a Face in January,  no worries, just slip them in and everything still works. Or if you have the time and want to make your own curriculum here are a few of my top tips.    Or just use mine, we’ve done the hard work for you. :)


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You see, nice things do happen when you say nice words! :)

Hugo was so impressed by everyone’s reaction to his workbook covers (and his origami!) that he has now done the first 5 full workbook covers.

They’re still the same evaluation sheets as you’ve been using before,  but just now in curriculum order.

And of course with funky new, parent impressing, covers!

 

Do let us know what you think in the comments and we might persuade Hugo to do some more?

Maybe a Halloween one next time???


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Whilst I’m always wanting you to think bigger (and it’s amazing what you can achieve in  just 6 months,  or even just 6 weeks)  it’s always important to remember that time is still important.   Patience.

As a case in point, here’s a very cute picture from my 7 year old (native speaker) niece.

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So the next time your kids make a spelling “mistake” don’t worry.  It’s how we learn and it takes some time.

And even native speakers make them. :)

Get your plan in place, work through the baby steps, add dash of patience and you’ll be there before you know it.

P.S.  This is for her school science project.  Growing flowers in regular water, salt water and vinegar (acidic) water to see which grows better.   Seven years old,  pretty good eh!


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Filipino teachers are fantastic.  (And the food is very masarap!)

Thanks to everyone who came to this weekend’s workshop in Tokyo, you were fantastic!

It was so good to see such a huge turnout of so many amazingly genki teachers.

Here’s a little of what we did ….

  • Disco Warm up - to get everyone genki and remember “Challenge!” or “Easy!”?
  • The Agreement- we all listen and work as a team!

Over lunch I also played Ken Robinson’s TED talk on education:

Next we had …

  • The Imagination Worksheets - remember the kids start out as geniuses so let’s keep them this way!  (And we also touched on the Genki Creative Writing,  but you pretty much all switched off on that one so we quickly left it!! ) :)
  • So then you all went crazy for the Fruit Market dance and maths game!

And finally we had Good Cat, Bad Cat test

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Wow, now that was a lot!   I hope you all got a lot of ideas there,  and remember to think big,  keep the curriculum short, and make the use of all those creative techniques!

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And you never know….. there was talk of maybe inviting me back later in the year for a Christmas workshop, maybe???

Are you genki enough to do it all again. :)

Be genki,

Richard

 


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It’s all been a bit serious last week,  so let’s start off the new term with something quick & silly to review some verbs & animals!

1. Pre-teach some silly action words in the warm up e.g.  hop, skip, jump, bow, wiggle, stretch  or even cartwheel if you are feeling adventurous!

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2. Put today’s animal flashcards on the board either these, these or these. (or even Halloween monsters!)

3. Put the kids in two lines.  (Or more if you have bigger classes.)

4.  The kids shout out a question such as “What are we doing today?”

5.  You (or the previous winner) then shout out one of the silly action words plus one of the animal cards e.g. “Hop to the dog”, “Wiggle to the snail”, “Stretch to the hippo” etc.

6.  The kids then have to do this action whilst going to touch this animal on the board!

Ninja Tip:  Now you’re reading this thinking “that’s kinda boring”  but just watch what the kids come up with! :)  

7.  Give points for style and amusement rather than being the fastest!

(Plus if you’ve done “What are you doing?” give bonus marks if they can say “I’m wiggling to the snail” etc.!)

Enjoy!


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Thanks to all of you purchasing the Teacher’s Set (and all of you who told your friends to purchase it!) over the last two weeks we’ve just had another record breaking September.

That means there’s more time, and more resources, I can spend on making even more cool new stuff for you.

Thank you so much and it is so great to have you all on board!

Ninja Tip:  Here’s an “Easy as 1 2 3″ guide if you need it to get you started.

In Europe or Russia?

For those of you in Europe who have a VAT number we also have an alternative payment system, just in case you’ve been having any problems with paypal.

And there is also the Installment Plan that I know will help some of you out especially at this time of the year.

The price of the Teacher’s Set goes up on September 30th,  so if you haven’t already,  join us and get your orders in before then!

(You can of course buy it after then,  but it will be more expensive.  The Yorkshireman in me tells you not to wait. :) )

 

Adding in vols. 11, 12 & 13

I’ve also had lots of long term fans asking about how to add volumes 11, 12 & 13 to their sets.

You can do that with your VIP discounts here.


  

Ninja Tip:   If you fill up your collection with all the volumes,  send me an email.  I’ll try and upgrade you to the full latest pack so that you have all the updates to all your old volumes too.     (This is particularly great if you originally bought them on CD!)    As you can imagine I’m having quite a few emails at this time of year, but I’ll try and help out where I can!

I’m sure you going to love all the funky new themes.

OK, it’s back to work making more cool things for you, and do keep an eye out on the blog for a very fun, silly game coming up next! :)

Be genki,

Richard


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