3 hours of Genki English

Today was a 3 hour seminar for the teachers in Geihoku town. The great thing was that many of them had attended the workshop on doing a 45 minute lesson on Thursday, they’d all seen the kids show and most of them attended the adult show last night, so with all the theory out of the way it was good to just go through a load more themes. However with being in the newspaper there were a few teachers who were first timers, but the enthusiasm of the other teachers pulled them through! Mind you we got asked a load of great questions such as “When to introduce writing” (not until the kids can speak well!), “How much time to spend on pronunciation” (not too much, the reason for starting early is that they can pick it up easily!), “What do to when there is no ALT?” (use the CD’s software pronunciation guides and games) and “What to do in the 10 minute a day slot?” (review this week’s song, do a quick game that the kids already know or play 5 minutes a day of the Harry Potter DVD in English!). So that was really good. Then it was a nice drive and shinkansen trip to Fukuoka.

Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. And when I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. So I'm sharing it all with you now...