It seems you’re all being a bit creative this month, which is fantastic to see!

Andrea wrote in asking if she could have a Snakes & Ladders template to make her own version with more countries for Where are you from?

So here you go!

snakesandladderstemplate

 

Ninja Tip:  They also make great activities for the kids to draw their own Snakes & Ladders game using the words and phrases they’ve learnt so far.

Ninja Tip 2:  You can also make giant Snakes & Ladders games using A4 flashcards.  The kids love those.

Or if you’d like your Snakes & Ladders premade you can find many of them here (along with a video on how to play it) or on the side bar of many of the lessons in the curriculum.

Enjoy and if you decide to make your own version using a computer, please do send them in to share with everyone!

Be genki,

Richard

P.S.  If you happen to know anyone with Flash skills, I am currently looking for an assistant to help make up worksheets like these for all the vol. 13 themes!


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Danica wrote in to ask:

I´d like to ask you for help with the Listening Quiz – Do you like animals. Would it be possible to make it a little bit harder by changing the order of the pictures on the worksheet, so that the order of the pictures on the sheet would not correspond with the order of the animals in the song? Thanks a lot.

Hi Danica,

Actually what I like to do when you want different orders is to use the minicards.

1. The kids shuffle the cards.

2. Spread them out on the desk.

3. Put them in “yes” or “no” areas whilst listening to the song.

You can do this with a lot of themes and it saves a whole lot of printing as you can then re-use the mini cards for other games!

Be genki,

Richard

Ninja Tip: You can find the minicards on the right hand side of each lesson plan page.

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immonkeyUyun wrote in to ask:

I taught my students using the free song you gave me.

Amazing, my students were really happy and were enjoying my class.

But the problem is they couldn’t remember all the words when I reviewed it in next meeting. They only remember the -how are you-, to say hungry, tired etc., they thought hard first. Thank you

Hi Uyun,

If they are remembering the “How are you?” that is a great first start, and because questions are more important than statements  then it is actually the most important part of the lesson from the communication side of things.    

So congratulations on getting that part done!

(Ninja Tip: Having kids being able to ask questions, as opposed to just single words,  is one of the things that makes Genki English different from other courses.)

Also from the vocab side of things the questions cover all those small, but important, little words that make up so much of English.

How many words to teach in one lesson?

Now some English courses only do 3 or 4 new vocab words each lesson. And some even split those over several weeks. So when we have 8 answers in each Genki English lesson, that is there to push the kids and give the brightest ones a challenge too.

Not all the kids will remember all the answers, the idea being that they’ll learn the ones they like e.g. especially in things like When is your birthday? very often they’ll only remember their own birth month, which is cool as that’s the most important to them.

And after all if they could remember them all then we wouldn’t need to do reviews at the beginning of each lesson!

So as long as they remember the question plus one or two answers then they will have learnt today’s grammar construction, be able to use the question and then you’ll add in the extra vocab items as you review throughout the year!

Does that make sense?

Be genki,

Richard


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I’m not going to tell you how warm it is outside where I am at the moment (hint: 24 degrees :) )

But if it’s a little chilly where you are, here are my top 3 lessons for wintery days:

1.  Winter Sports

No Winter Olympics this year, but ski season is in full flow.

The kids love these sports and the grammar point is “I like ….”

2. Baby Monkey’s Winter Clothes

Baby Monkey

You can’t beat a bit of opera singing to warm you up.

Grammar point is “put on …” / “take off” and check out the fabulous Freezing Monkeys game!

3. Let’s build a snowman


With “Let it go” still in the air I’m really glad I went for “build a snowman” instead of “make a snowman!”

A great way to teach some more body parts and a great “what’s missing?” game.

Or of course you could use complete reverse psycology and teach the Summer Sports & Summer Clothes songs! :)

  

 

Be genki and warm wherever you are!

Richard


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With the Japanese Yen being so weak at the moment we have the strange situation where it’s cheaper to buy our physical USB Japanese Superpack  for less money than the download Teacher’s Set - even though you get so much more in it!

( The Japanese Superpack is exactly the same as the download Teacher’s Set but is only available in Japan and comes on a physical USB stick with printed worksheets and extra teaching guide DVDs.)

From February we’re going to have to put up the price to make up the difference.

Probably by an extra 10,000 yen.

So if you want a bargain now you can either ask your school to buy it for you (the Japanese order page is here or they can phone us on the number on that page)  or order it yourself in Japan with Cash on Delivery.

It’s crazy having it cheaper than the download Teacher’s Set.

An extra 10,000 yen is quite a bit so if you have any Japanese friends who might be interested in the pack, please do let them know!

P.S.  For those of you in Europe, EU VAT rules changed on January 1st so do add in your VAT number when ordering the Europe Teacher’s Set  to claim the VAT back,  especially if you are in a high rate country such as Hungary!

P.P.S.  The Russian Ruble has also been crashing over the last few months,  if you are interested in buying the pack in Russia then send me an email and we might be able to work something out.


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By popular request here’s the regular version of the 2015 Calendars!

2015calendarregularversion

I also added a cover picture this time too.

And of course those of you lucky enough to get into the Homework Programme have those ones too:

Enjoy and if you have more requests for the New Year then please do let me know!

Be genki,

Richard

 


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