One of the specific questions today was how to teach grammar. I got this a lot in India as well. The thing with Genki English is that you don’t explicitly teach grammar. The kids learn it from context. This is a much better way than the traditional “identify the nouns in this sentence” approach which helps no one to communicate better. For example you learn “a” and “an” and “this” and “that” in the Fruit Market song without even thinking about it. Many of the GE songs are designed like this.
One follow up question was then to ask “What about teaching the verb to be i.e. I am, you are” We are beta testing a song for this on the owners forum. But I also have a cool game for it.
1. Put the kids in pairs.
2. One kid says something like “I am hungry”.
3. The other kid flips it to be “You are hungry”
4. The first kid says another “I am …” phrase.
5. The other kid makes it into a “You are …” phrase.
6. But… if the first kid says “I am a dinosaur” both kids have to run to the nearest wall.
7. The first one to touch the wall gets a point.
8. Change partners.
It’s very simple but the adrenaline from not knowing when you have to run means you really concentrate and get lots of speaking practice. You can also use slightly larger groups of 4 or 5 to do he, she, they we etc.
Here’s how the Cambodia teachers got on: