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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Genki English Newsletter March 2011

Genki English Newsletter March 2011

1. Game of the Month: Kiss Sara
2. Teaching Videos from Okinawa
3. And finally


Wow, we've actually had so many great new games on the site this month it's been hard picking one. Enjoy, and keep an eye out for a new ebook of games coming hopefully soon!


1. Game of the Month: Kiss Sara

After the rather sad news from New Zealand last week, I made this the "game of the week" for this week. It's from Mido Farid and is very sweet. It's very popular with the ladies and I�'m sure would also be a huge hit in High School.

By the way Sara is Mido�'s daughter.

1. Divide the board in two and draw a baby on each side.
2. Divide the class into two teams. Each team is responsible for one baby.
3. Ask the first students from each team a question.
4. If the answer is correct draw a kiss on their team�'s baby.
5. At the end of the game, the team with the most kisses wins!

If you really wanted you could erase a kiss if a team got a question wrong. But I�'m sure you�fd never be that mean!


2. Teaching Videos from Okinawa

I had a 3 day workshop in Okinawa last month - over my birthday weekend. I took quite a lot of video, some of which is already online:

Cops & Robbers "What are you doing?" - great for older kids!

5 Minute Phonics Plan - for when you don't have much time.

Alternative "What time is it?" gestures:

What's your favourite ...? lesson in video:

Plus a new video Teachers' Vocal Warm Ups to help protect your voice coming up on Friday:


3. And finally - Tokyo, Asia & Europe

I've just been asked by Seigakuin University to do two lectures for them on July 16th. So I'm also thinking of doing a full two day workshop on the weekend after, the 23rd & 24th July, in Tokyo. Would you be interested? Hopefully it would be a small group one where you get to teach in front of everyone and we rip you to pieces, sorry, give you lots of constructive feedback. It's a great way to improve.

I'm also looking at a workshop in Cambodia in April and maybe even a mini tour of Europe & Eastern Europe later in the year as well.

If you're interested in any of these then shoot me an email at:

And enjoy all the new things on the site.

Be genki,


Richard J. Graham
The Fun Way to Teach.
Primary School Games, Songs and Ideas