Lesson 1: Genki Disco Warm Up


Lesson Plan

This is the first lesson in the curriculum so nothing to review today. 🙂

Use the Words section of the Teacher’s Set to introduce the new language with gestures.

Play the Teacher’s Set mini lesson and finally the animated song with lots of gestures!

Here’s Margit with the song in action:

As this is the first lesson we take it nice and easy,  the students simply get in pairs and give each other lots of commands!

Other Games:  You could also launch into the Simon Says Please game

“Genki Disco Warm Up”
by Richard Graham

Stand up, sit down.
Hands up, hands down.
Stand up, and bow.
Sit down, sit down.

And clap.

Stand up, sit down.
Hands up, hands down.
Stand up, and bow.
Sit down. Sit down.

And cheer!
Come on, louder!

Stand up, sit down.
Hands up, hands down.
Stand up, and bow.
Sit down, sit down.

And cheer!

Genki Disco Warm Up Extended Mix

Stand up, sit down.
Hands up, hands down.
Stand up, and bow.
Sit down, sit down.

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your nose.
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your toes.
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your cheeks.
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your ears.
And clap!

(Repeat Chorus)

Shake, shake, shake your head.
Shake, shake, shake your hands.
Shake, shake, shake your arms.
Shake, shake, shake your legs.

And cheer!
Come on, louder!

(Repeat Chorus)

And cheer!


Bonus VIP Printables

If you have the Teacher’s Set you can also download these extra printables

A4 Flashcards
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Mini Cards
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Evaluation Workbook
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Lesson Plan
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Bonus: See for yourself!

If you want to see what it really feels like for students learning this way, try learning some Japanese with the version below!

18 Responses to “Lesson 1: Genki Disco Warm Up”

  1. Peter Washburne

    Tremendous! Dynamite teaching methods for ESL. I am very impressed with your fire, enthusiasm, vision and passion for your esl work. I teach k – 5 esl in Italy. Tomorrow I will engage my students with some of the high-charged material presented for the warm-up in your first video! Cool stuff!

  2. Kirsten

    Great program! The kids in my mixed language class really enjoy your music and activities!

  3. elena piroli

    Great fun using the Disco Warm Up .. really Genki – Students love it … especially when they give me commands 🙂

  4. Vladislav

    ) I am about to start teaching english in kindergarten. Till this very moment I was afraid I wouldn’t know what to do. How to engage kids? Now, the only thing I’m afraid of is will I manage to keep that tremendous temp. It’s cool! Thank you!

  5. Minh

    Great stuff. I am so impressed with your music

  6. Judith

    Hi Richard
    I’ve been using Genki English for a while but in a random fashion to supplement my lessons but today I am starting a class of Spanish five year olds right from the beginning. Really excited to see how it works. I’ll let you know!

  7. Alba

    I’ll try it tomorrow in my first class!!! So nervous

  8. Lucie Colmer Kolomaznikova

    Hi Richard. You are simply awesome. I think the most important thing when teaching children is to stay positive and have lots of fun. I am starting my first lesson tomorrow with the group of 4-8 years old. Wish me luck.

  9. Sarah Hyde

    What can I say that’s not been said before?
    I am sooo pleased I made the choice of investing in the Genki English teacher’s set, it’s made my very busy teaching life so much easier and always enjoyable for me but more so for the kids….an hour just passes without even realizing it and best of all are the kids…… They just don’t want to go home!!!

  10. Ekaterina

    Hello there! For two years I “thought” about Genki English. As Russian proverb says, I was “Inventer of bicycle” , preparing for my English lessons. I’m really tired. Yesterday I bought a Teacher’s Set! Wow! I’m happy! You saved me from osteochondrosis, sleepless nights and an endless brainstorming . Especially thank you for the Games and Genkiphonics !!!!! Thank you!!!!!! I really enjoy life and want to play ball with you . Be Genki!

  11. Peter Black

    I love using Genki English so much. Its so great watching the kids develop and putting sentences together and asking questions in English. I teach in Thailand and Genki English makes it so easy to learn for the children because the song are so catchy, the games are fun and the pictures and animations are really beautiful and colourful. Its a really easy and effective system the students just feel like they are having fun but at the same time they lean so much which provides a great sense of satisfaction to the teacher. There are so many different ideas and videos you can watch on the website too that has helped me to improve a lot as a teacher. Gengki English has also helped boost my passion for teaching and helps me to provide the students with fun and interesting lessons which the students remember. I’m having little conversations in English with my kindergarten students now and Its all from watching all the videos and exploring the Ganki English website. I cant say thanks enough, its the best!

  12. Ewa

    That’s brilliant, I’ve tried it today with my prathon 1 students and they loved it! I was so proud to see that even the very shy ones wanted to get involved and produce the target language. I could see that it gave them a lot of confidence.
    I am definitely going to use this game and maybe modify it a bit to teach them some basic vocab that I need them to know for the science classes I have with them like ‘to draw’ or ‘to write’ or ‘quiet’.

  13. Alessandra Tatibana

    Hi Richard, after a long time reading your e-mails and watching some videos you have posted about your Genki lessons methodology I started to dream about have my own English School in my house. I am bored with my job and although I am a self taught English speaker I want to challenge myself in this field. I am Brazilian ( half Japanese nationality) living in Japan, my aim is to teach children both Japanese and Brazilian. I am taking a course (TEFL/TESOL) to help me because I have not any degree and of course also learning a lot from your homepage. My question is how to start it?
    P.S: My budget is almost zero !!:((

  14. Lucie Mouckova

    Hi Richard, I came across your teaching method only the day before yesterday and I can´t stop admiring it and searching on your website and YouTube videos. I completely resonate with your teaching philosophy. I´ve always refused to use textbooks and was desperate not to be able to find a way to teach children ´naturally´ in a non-English speaking country. And now here´s THE way to teach English. Thanks a lot for your Genki English! I can´t wait for the beginning of the school year to try the method on my pupils:-). I really appreciate it. Lucy

  15. Johan Vargas

    At school I have to give a 110 minute lesson twice a week (total time: 4 hours a week).
    I want to start the curriculum ‘Adventure’. May I teach lesson 1 and 2 in two hours or just extend the time to cover 1 lesson in 2 hours?

    Thanks in advance.

  16. Richard Graham

    Hi Johan,

    These first few lessons are a little “different” in that there isn’t much of a review at the beginning so they do take less time.

    Then once you get settled down into the curriculum then I’d definitely recommend doing two themes in each 110 minute block. Do 45 minutes as per the lesson plan, then something totally different for 10-15 minutes e.g. yoga or meditation ( NOT crafts or anything cognitive) then start another lesson. That way you’ll get through 4 themes per week and have some really amazing results in a very short period of time!

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