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Excuse me, are you...?

Target Language: To change the lyrics in "How are you?" into questions.
Target Grade: Kindergarten to Elem 5
This song is on vol. 9, the Teacher's Set
And in the new curriculum Level.


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Excuse me. Are you...?
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by Richard Graham


Excuse me. Excuse me.
I have a question
Excuse me. Excuse me.
I have a question

Are you hungry?
Yes, I am.
Are you tired?
No I'm not.
Are you cold?
Yes, I am.
Are you hot?
No, I'm not.

Excuse me. Excuse me.
I have a question
Excuse me. Excuse me.
I have a question

Are you happy?
Yes, I am.
Are you sad?
No, I'm not.
Are you thirsty?
Yes, I am.
Are you angry?
No, I'm not!

The Genki English "How are you?" song is one the most popular ever. I guess having a movie star like Koyuki (the girl from "The Last Samurai") singing it on TV makes a big difference!

In this song we teach the kids how we can simply change all the words they've learnt in that song into questions. It's a magical thing to see when the kids see how they can re-use things they've already learnt in new ways!

How to teach ....

First of all do the "How are you?" lesson with the games.

Then in the next lesson introduce how to ask "Are you hungry?" etc. by simply replacing the "I'm" with "Are you".

Ask the kids to make questions out of the other words in the "How are you?" song.

As this is really easy, in the chorus I've also added "Excuse me" and "I have a question". Don't worry if the kids can say "I have a question" yet, they'll sort of get in when the chorus repeats but it's mainly just there as an introduction to the main "I have a question" theme which they'll do later on.

In the verse section the teacher asks the questions and the kids answer. Of course gestures are the key here, the more extreme the better!


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This song is on CD vol. 9 and in the Download Pack.



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