Do you use “Circling” in your classes?

“Circling” is a way to get even more out of the Genki English target language without having to resort to boring textbook stuff!

The idea is that you use the parts of the language in different ways so the kids learn the feel for how to use them.

e.g. if you are teaching “Do you like apples?“, once the kids have mastered the basic question with the song and game, then you can also ask things like “I like apples. Does he like apples?” or “Does she like apples?”

If you’ve done colors before you can ask “Do you like red apples or green apples?”

Or try “or” …

“Do you like apples or bananas?”

Or (if you’ve done it previously) “Who likes apples?”

Or combine them e.g. “Who likes red apples and who likes green apples?”
etc. etc.

The idea is to reuse as much of the language you have done before (but only language you have done before!) in new ways.

It’s like hitting a target with several arrows from several directions, rather than just the one. Or like trying to clean a window from left, right, top and bottom.

This is how students develop natural fluency.

Yes, it is a skill you have to learn. And yes, it does take practice. And yes you will make lots of mistakes.

But look up some examples online and give it a try!

Ask away with any questions.

Or if you are already using circling, do share you tips, tricks and favourite constructions here so we can all learn!

Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. 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. Now I help teachers just like you teach amazing lessons and double your incomes!