GenkiEnglish.com ESL/EFL Curriculum & Lesson Plans
The kids’ most popular questions, every English sound, around 50% of all spoken English words, Harvard researched & certified to A1/A2 on the CEFR. It’s as easy as 1, 2,3,
1. Warm up / review ( 5 to 10 minutes)
2. Input using the new words and specially designed software & song. (15 to 20 minutes)
3. Output with the classroom game. (15 to 20 minutes)
- The aim of Genki English is to get the kids able to say * anything they want to say * in English, in as short a period of time as possible. We do that using the themes below.
- The themes were chosen by researching hundreds and hundreds of kids and finding out whatthey want to say. ( But the curriculum is also now used to teach many adults as they find the course much more fun than traditional textbooks.)
- If you are teaching in a normal elementary, junior high or private English school then I would recommend using these lessons as the main base of your course.
- If you have a set textbook that you can’t change, then use the lessons below as a “spice” to liven up your classes. e.g. Hi Friends! or JHS
- The lessons are presented in a thought out way that allows for plenty of review and a balance between topics that are very easy and those that may present a bit of a challenge. However the curriculum is mostly non-linear in format, so please feel free to mix and match, and change the order as much as you like. All classes are different and it is very important to mold the curriculum to the children’s interests and abilities, not the other way round.
- The songs & software are the reason this programme has become so successful. They allow you to teach a theme very quickly (as you have a solid goal) and the students can then use the material to review everyday, even if you are not present. e.g. at home, on the lunchtime broadcasts, morning assembly or cleaning time.
- Reviewing of the material is very important. Review the previous lessons at the beginning of each new lesson by using the previous song. Plus I always leave room for lessons that are purely for review.
- Each lessons consists of one English question and several answers to the question. Questions, rather than statements, are what children most usually want to communicate. The quantity of material allows a full theme to be taught, with a bit of practice, in one 45 minute lesson.
- Each lesson should be broken down into the following sections:
- 1. Warm up/Review (5-10 minutes)
- 2. Introduction of new English (15-20 minutes), including teaching of the song. Use this 3 step approach to keep kids interest and energy levels high.
- a) introduce new vocab
- b) teach song a cappella with the “Mini Lesson”
- c) sing together with the music,
- 3. Practice of new material (15-20 minutes)
- (See the “planning a fun 45 minute lesson” page for more details)
- And of course all the lessons are designed to be lots of fun!
Easy, easy lessons
|1||Genki Disco Warm Up stand up, sit down, clap, cheer etc.Getting the class under control and super confident!|
|2||Rock, Paper, Scissors The game of “Janken” in English, getting the kids used to English, having fun and learning to always try again!|
|3||What’s your name?
What’s your name? My name is …… Nice to meet you.
Key skill: eye contact!
|4||How are you? How are you? I’m .. hungry, tired, cold, sad, happy, great, good, OK.Always ending on a high note.|
|5||I’m a superhero! I can….
I can jump, run, hide, cook, stretch, climb, swim, fly.Plus Superhero body language to bring all your classes to life.
|6||Left and rightLeft, right, forward, back, stop, stand up, sit down, spin, jump|
|7||Pronouns: I, you, he, she, we are happypronouns + verb to beMix with the previous themes to Instantly multiply the amount of language learnt so far.|
Numbers & More
|8||Numbers 1 to 12 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12|
|9||How old are you? I’m … (years old). 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
(including 1 to 12 makes the step to teaching the time easier)
|10||Weather What’s the weather like? / How’s the weather? It’s….. rainy, cloudy, windy, snowy, sunny, fine, hot, a beautiful day.|
|11||Good Morning Review of good morning, good afternoon etc.|
|12|| Do you like food?
Do you like…..? I like….. + kids favourite foods
|13||Do you like animals? Same English as above with animals.|
|14||I’m sorry! – Excuse me. It’s OK!|
Once you have the hang of those, you can try the ….
Linking together lessons
|15||I like animals I like snails, kangaroos, bears,ducks, camels, spiders, giraffes, rhinos,hippos, penguins, dinosaurs, bees.|
|16||I like (superhero!) vegetables I like onions, peas, carrots, beans, mushrooms, potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes|
|17||Do you have any pets? “Do you have ….?”, “I have a ….”
hamster, rabbit, turtle, goldfish, lion, lizard, horse, gorilla
|18||Animal VoicesI have a … dog, cat, bird, mouse, chicken, sheep, cow, pig, elephant, monkey, snake, tiger + the sounds they make.|
|19||Baby Rabbit Family Who’s this? This is my …… dad, brother, sister, brother, grandma, grandpa|
|20||Baby Monkey Family Who’s this?This is my … brother, sister, dad, mum (mom), grandma|
|21||Do you have any brothers or sisters?
I have 1,2,3,4 brothers.
I have 1,2,3,4 sisters.
Sharks & Monsters!
|22|| Under the sea “What can you see?”, “I can see a …”
whale, squid, seahorse, jellyfish, crab, dolphin, shark, starfish
|23||Head & Shoulders head, shoulders, knees, toes, eyes, ears, mouth nose|
|24|| Make a Face Parts of the face: “Put on the …” ; “Draw a ….”
nose, ears, mouth, eyes, eyebrows, cheeks, hair, tongue.
|25||Let’s make a monster Next set of body parts e.g. neck, toes, fingers, etc.|
|26|| Doctor, Doctor! Body Parts
Doctor, doctor, my …. head, arm, leg,
stomach, hand, foot, back, tooth …. hurts
|27||Baby Monkey’s Winter Clothes Put on, take off your hat, scarf, coat, boots|
||Baby Monkey’s Summer Clothes Don’t forget your … plus hat, t-shirt, shoes, shorts, bucket, spade, fishing rod, shades, sunscreen|
|29||Treasure Adventure Phonics “ure” sound + there’s a pirate, hat, parrot, map, ship, island, shark + presentations|
|30||How many … do you have? How many …. do you have?|
|31||How much? How much is that…? I’ll take it! Thank you, goodbye|
|32||Numbers 13 to 20 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20,|
|33||Rocket Launch: Numbers 10 to 100|
|34||Shapes! Triangle, circle, diamond, oval, rectangle, heart, square, star|
|34b||Christmas shapes I can see a triangle, circle, diamond, oval, rectangle, heart, square, star|
I can, I can, I can!
|35||Fruit Market What’s this? What’s that? Apple, orange, pineapple, banana, lemon, cherry, strawberry, watermelon, peach, grape, pear, kiwi fruit,|
|36||Can you speak….? Can you speak English, French, Chinese etc.|
|37||Come on, Come on!
kick, pass, shoot, save, catch, throw, head, score.
|37b||Can you kick?
Can you … kick, pass, shoot, save, catch, throw, head, score?
|38||I can do it! Confidence building! Can you do it? I can do it!
Can you play the + musical instruments
|39||Where are you from? Where are you from? I’m from…… any other countries that are relevant to the children’s lives.|
Some Bigger Themes
|40||Where do you live? “Where do you live?”, “I live near the….”
forest, river, bridge, farm, hospital, station, castle, supermarket.
|41||How do you say ? How do you say … in English? Review theme|
|42||I am a robot Phonics “o” sound + “on” & “off”|
|43||Mr Octopus Numbers, body parts and “My name is…” review|
|44||What time is it, Mr Wolf? What time is it? it’s 1…12 o’clock.|
|45||What time is it? Part 2 It’s 1:05, 2:10, 3:15 etc,|
|46|| Summer sports / simple past I like swimming, horse riding (horseback riding), sailing,
windsurfing, skateboarding, cycling, scuba diving
|47|| Winter Sports I like snowboarding, skiing, ice skating,
making snowmen, ice hockey, ski jumping,
sledging (sledding), snowball fighting
Questions, Answers & Colours
|48||What sports do you play?
I play…. tennis, soccer, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, rugby, baseball
|49||When is your birthday? + Months of the Year January, February, March etc. When is your birthday?|
|50||How did you get here? I came here by… aeroplane, car, train, rocket, helicopter, boat, bus, mountain bike|
|51||Colours & Pirates red, blue, black, white, grey, brown, pink, green|
|52a||What colour is Christmas? red, white, green, gold, blue, purple, orange, silver|
|52b||What’s your favourite colour? red, blue, green, yellow, black, white, pink, orange, purple, gold, silver, bronze|
|53||What’s your favourite flavour?
I like … ice cream flavours.
||What’s your favourite subject? I like math, art, science, P.E., music, English, social studies|
I want to be, I want to do!
|55||What’s your favourite … ? What’s your favourite … ? movie, sport, cartoon, video game, pet, food, comic book, TV show.|
|56||Where are you going? Where are you going? I’m going to …. + mountain, pool, sea, beach, school, shops, park, home + other words that are relevant to the children|
|57||Eat! Drink! Dance! Basic commands used in the following songs.|
|58||What are you doing? What are you doing? + I’m… eating, drinking, reading, sleeping, singing, dancing, cooking, fishing|
|59||What do you want to do? I want to …. + verbs above|
|60||What do you want to be? I want to be a …. + jobs|
|60b||What do you want to be for Halloween? Same “I want to be a …” + Halloween outfits!|
|61||What do you do? What do you do? I’m a … pilot, chef, farmer, teacher, doctor, student, fire fighter, police officer, carpenter, singer, dentist|
|62||Excuse me, are you…?
Are you hungry/tired/cold/sad etc.
|63||Adjectives: I have a question! Is it… big, small, a fruit, an animal, heavy, light, red, green|
|64||Adjectives: More questions Is it good, bad, slow, fast, expensive, cheap, scary, cute?|
|65||Adjectives: It’s not bad, it’s good! It’s (not) hot, cold, new, cold, good, bad, high, low, fast, slow|
|66|| I’m thirsty! I’m thirsty. Would you like a drink? Yes, please!
I’d like an orange juice, a glass of milk, a cola, a lemonade, a cup of tea, a hot chocolate, a milkshake.
|67||What would you like for breakfast?
I’d like some bacon, ham, eggs, bread, cereal, pancakes, fish, salad.
More Food & Prepositions
|68 & 69||Ordering Food from A to Z I’d like some… apples, bananas, cheese, doughnuts, eggs, fish, grapes, hot dogs, ice cream, jelly, ketchup, lettuce, mayonnaise. Try the “Do you like food?” theme before this one!|
|70||Bigger Please bigger, smaller, slower, faster, cheaper, “Is this OK?”|
|71||Days of the week Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, today|
|72||When, When, When? When? This year, last year, next year, next month etc., Next week etc., today, yesterday, tomorrow.|
Bugs, Spiders & Prepositions
|73||Creepy Crawlies What’s that? What’s this? It’s a … cockroach, beetle, caterpillar, butterfly, ant, worm, dragonfly, mosquito|
|74|| Prepositions: Where is the spider?
Under, on, behind, in front of, in, next to , near
|75|| Prepositions: Where is Mr Monkey?
Where is …? He’s near, next to, in front of, behind, under, on, in
|75b||Where are the Christmas presents? Next to, under, on etc.|
|76||Where is Baby Monkey? Is he in the … kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, dining room, garage, attic, garden.|
|76b||Who is in the haunted house? Who is in the …. + kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, dining room, garage, attic, garden.|
|77||Look at me! Look at me, him, her, us, them etc.|
|78||What do you think of … ? What do you think of …? I think it’s/he’s/she’s good, great, cool, excellent.|
|79||Get well soon!|
Let’s take it a little further and we have now covered all the sounds of English!
|80 & 81||May I borrow your …. stationery. May I borrow your pencil, pen, ruler, pencil case?crayons, books, scissors, stapler, glue, eraser, calculator, brush, tape, pencil sharpener, paint|
|82||Phonics “i” song getting ready for phonics!|
|83||North, South, East, West|
|84||Phonics “u” song|
|85||Whose is it? It’s mine, yours, his, hers, ours, theirs etc.|
|86||Baby Dinosaur, what did you do? I ate, went, drank, did, said, rode, put on, slept|
|87||Yes, I can!|
The very latest themes, let’s start linking even more of these lessons together! 🙂
|Little Red Riding Hood Morning Routines|
|Baby Monkey’s Morning Routines ( verbs + “At …. o’clock”)|
|Goldilocks & the 3 Bears|
|The Bremen Town Musicians – linking together the “Doctor, Doctor” “What do you want to do?” and “Where are you going?” lessons.|
|Little Red Riding Hood 2 – At Grandma’s House
The final speaking lesson before moving on to the reading/writing with Genki Phonics!
Easter & Halloween
We take the regular English the kids want to say, but use the fun of the holidays to make it even more exciting!
|88||Easter Egg Hunt “Look, in the ….”
trees, grass, pond, flowers, bath, bed, fridge
|89||Who is in the haunted house? Who is in the …. + kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, dining room, garage, attic, garden.|
|90||Happy Halloween Happy Halloween! “I’m scared”, “Look, there’s a …”
wizard, witch, ghost, mummy, bat, broom, wand, vampire
|91||Skeleton Soup Give me …. + body parts + foot/feet etc.|
|92||Apple Bobbing Apple Bobbing rules for Halloween.|
|93||Trick or Treat Trick or Treat + Scarecrow Soup, Skeleton Steak, Monster Mash, Pirate Pancakes, Black Cat Cookies, Pumpkin Pie, Spider Spaghetti, Ice Cream Eyes!|
|94||What do you want to be for Halloween? Same “I want to be a …” + Halloween outfits!|
|95||Thanksgiving I’m thankful for my …. friends, school, toys, food, family, clothes, teacher|
Christmas & New Year
|96||Gingerbread Man A play in English!|
|97||Decorate the Christmas tree How about some + angels, candles, elves, turkey, holly, bells, snow, mistletoe|
|98||Christmas shapes I can see a triangle, circle, diamond, oval, rectangle, heart, square, star|
|99||What colour is Christmas? red, white, green, gold, blue, purple, orange, silver|
|100||Let’s build a house windows, door, walls, roof, garden etc.|
||Let’s build a gingerbread house windows, door, walls, roof, garden etc.|
|102|| Let’s build a snowman Body parts body, head, nose, neck, eyes, arms, buttons, mouth
|103||Where are the Christmas presents? Next to, under, on etc.|
|104||Genki Christmas snowman, Santa Claus, reindeer, Christmas tree, Christmas stocking, candy cane, presents, Christmas card.|
|105||What would you like for Xmas? “What would you like for Christmas?” “I’d like a …”
robot, doll, bag, video game, bear, phone, rainbow, bone
|Bonus||What does Santa do? He ‘ third person “s”|
|Bonus||How many days till Christmas?|
|Bonus||12 Genki Days of Christmas|
|106||Happy New Year! Happy New year!|
Owners Club Members can also print out all the lesson plans in one go from the links below:
There are versions in different languages if you are team teaching with a teacher who isn’t confident in English.
( NEW: Here’s a Super Easy Version of the Lesson Plans with detailed step by step instructions for the first 34 themes. Use this if you don’t yet have confidence teaching Genki English! )
Spanish – en espanol
(follows the order of the
easy English book)
(up to “I like animals”)
Advanced Grammar Genki English
These lessons are all from the Advanced Genki English course.
||Better than the best Comparative/superlative|
|2||If you had a million dollars… I’d …
||Excuse me, where’s the … ?|
||Have you ever … Present Perfect|
||Dream Holiday Simple Future I will|
||I have to … I can! Modals subjective / objective obligation|
||How you doing?|
||What shall I do today? Modal Shall|
Step 2. GenkiEnglish.com Real Projects
For students who have completed most of the songs & game themes
Once children have studied the songs and games they will have a very solid base and be able to communicate most of what they would like to be able to say in English, the topics were, after all, chosen by talking to hundreds of kids and finding out what they wanted to ask people from other countries. From this point they actually use this English to learn about the World and gain “International Understanding”. This section of the curriculum is still under development, but two projects that are available and which work very successfully are:
- Pet Exchange Project – using the language they know to learn about school pets from around the World.
- School Lunch Exchange Project learn about the food that children eat in different countries.
- Other projects
- VIP FORUM: List of teachers currently looking for project partners!
These projects make full use of the technologies around today to allow the kids to directly communicate with their peers in other countries. It really instills a desire to communicate and learn more about the World!
Try them out and let me know how you get on!
What about reading / writing?
The curriculum above is all about getting the kids * speaking *.
In nearly every country in the world, this is the biggest challenge that needs addressing.
The good news is that once the kids speak well, by doing all the lessons above, it’s really easy to start reading using Genki Phonics to quickly learn to read. Then they can start to ace all the school tests!
But…. there’s no point starting reading or writing till the kids can actually talk in English.
I’m sure you’ve all seen what happens when things are done the opposite way round!
If you are forced to do reading earlier than have a look at the “5 minute phonics” page.
How was it?
Was that cool? Or are you full of questions? Don’t worry, there’s a lot to take in!
Have a read through this page again, check out the lesson plan overview videos, and simply email me if you have any unanswered questions.
It sometimes takes me a little time but I do reply to every single email I get sent
and I really appreciate all the questions as it helps me learn where I need to explain things more clearly!
In any case, enjoy, your students are going to love Genki English!
So pick up your Teacher’s Set and get started today!