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Online Video Workshops: Part 1 Warming Up


At first teaching kids can be quite tricky. But as you get more experience, you find out what the kids react to and what little tricks and ideas work to make the lessons go more smoothly. I've taught a few thousand kids over the years, so in my workshops I try to introduce as many of these ideas as I can. As not everyone can make it to one of my events, I've put up videos of the first hour of "The Basics" on the site, so you can get up to speed in no time.

If you can see Youtube videos on your computer, here is the DVD Quality Version of these videos.

If you can't see Youtube then check out the low resolution videos below:

There are 3 parts currently on the site
Part 1: Lesson Planning: Warming Up ( this page),
Part 2: Lesson Planning: Introducing New Material
Part 3: Other song/game combinations: How old are you?

Be genki,


Lesson Planning: Warming Up

Once the video has loaded, press the play button to get going!

Start each lesson off with: Warm Up

  • Gets the kids genki. Says "This is fun." "This is something different".
  • Get the kids to respond quickly to your actions so you can control things if they get too genki.
  • Add in extra words each week. ( e.g. sports, musical instruments, "zip it")
  • If you have less than one lesson per week get the kids to repeat what you say

Then into a review of the previous lesson e.g. the "What's your name?" song. ( See also this article on reviewing.)

  • Review, review and review like crazy.
  • It's not "what you've done in class", it's "what the kids can actually do"
  • The first rule of Genki English: Confidence is the key, if you think you can, you can!
  • Get the kids doing activities amongst themselves as soon as possible.

Then if you have time, do the Lines Quiz.

  • Solves the "Hello, what's your name?" "Eh...?" ( + blank look ) problem
  • Gets the kids used to answering questions straight away.
  • Good for getting kids used to "How are you?" vs. "How old are you?"
  • The second rule of Genki English: Losing Doesn't mean losing, it just means "try again"

Have a look at the other pages:
Part 1: Lesson Planning: Warming Up ( this page)
Part 2: Lesson Planning: Introducing New Material
Part 3: Other song/game combinations: How old are you?

If you'd like to see more videos on the site, or if you ever need any help then simply get in touch!

If you would like to show Japanese versions of this material to your co-workers, most of it as available on the Japanese Teacher Training DVD.

Enjoy, and if you'd like a workshop in your town, then please let me know or have a look on my schedule page to see if I'm coming to a town or city near you!

Be genki,


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