Genki English Curriculum with 7 Free ESL/EFL Lesson Plans :)

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The students’ 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 students 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!

Let’s take a look at the lessons …..

Easy, easy lessons

 # Title Target English
 1 Genki Disco Warm Up 
Stand up, sit down, clap, cheer etc.
This isn’t a “sit down, shut up” classroom! Let’s get the class excited, under control and super confident!
 2 Rock, Paper, Scissors
Mindset is key. Here we use the game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to teach that losing always means “try again!”
 3 What’s your name?
What’s your name? My name is …… Nice to meet you.
Probably the most useful question for kids!  And to get the grammar “for free” without needing to teach any grammar rules, we use full sentences from the start.   Plus we also teach the key skill of 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.This lesson is why Genki English is so famous.  We go for full on body language to build superhero confidence!
 6 Left and right
Something nice and easy as a little breather.   Left, right, forward, back, stop, stand up, sit down, spin, jump
7     Pronouns: I, you, he, she, we are happy
Pronouns + verb to be.  Here we instantly multiply the amount of language the kids have learnt by adding pronouns, in a very cool and genki way, to the language in the previous lessons!
  + Bonus:  Thank you song to finish off each lesson + certificates & gamification avatars

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Numbers & More

 # Title Target English
 8 Numbers 1 to 12
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12   – As with all the lessons we use the special songs to learn more content in less time.  This means we can go to “12” straight away which makes teaching the time so much easier later on!
 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….. + students’ 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

 # Title Target English
 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 Voices
I 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

21 
Do you have any brothers or sisters?

I have 1,2,3,4 brothers.
I have 1,2,3,4 sisters.
No

 

Sharks & Monsters!

 

# Title Target English
  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

 28
  Baby Monkey’s Summer Clothes

Don’t forget your … plus hat, t-shirt, shoes, shorts, bucket, spade, fishing rod, shades, sunscreen

 

# Title Target English
 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!

 

 # Title Target English
 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 students’ lives.

Some Bigger Themes

 

 # Title Target English
 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,

45b What time is it?  Part 3!

The final part of the puzzle, how to say ¼ to, ½ past etc.

 46    Summer sports / simple past
I like swimming, horse riding (horseback riding), sailing,
windsurfing, skateboarding, cycling, scuba diving+ how to teach the simple past with just one word!
 47  Winter Sports

I like snowboarding, skiing, ice skating,
making snowmen, ice hockey, ski jumping,
sledging (sledding), snowball fighting

Questions, Answers & Colours

 

# Title Target English
 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
 52 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.

 54  What’s your favourite subject?

I like math, art, science, P.E., music, English, social studies

I want to be, I want to do!

 # Title Target English
 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

Describing Things!

 

 # Title Target English
 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

 

# Title Target English
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.

 

 

Prepositions with bugs, spiders & monkeys!

 

# Title Target English
 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?  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 Let’s build a house

windows, door, walls, roof, garden etc.

Let’s take it a little further and we have now covered all the sounds of English!

 

# Title Target 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?  Past Tense

I ate, went, drank, did, said, rode, put on, slept
 87  Yes, I can! & Try again!

Review of the Genki English rules!


 

The very latest “official” themes, let’s start linking even more of these lessons together! 🙂

These themes are available in the new Vol. 14 and in the Teacher’s Set

 # Title Target English
88 Little Red Riding Hood Morning Routines
89  Baby Monkey’s Morning Routines

( verbs + “At …. o’clock”)
90 Goldilocks Part 1 – too hot, too cold, too big, too small, too soft, too hard, just right.
91   Goldilocks Part 2: The 3 Bears
92 The Bremen Town Musicians – linking together the “Doctor, Doctor” “What do you want to do?” and “Where are you going?” lessons.
93 Little Red Riding Hood 2 – At Grandma’s House

The final speaking lesson before moving on to the reading/writing with Genki Phonics! 

 

 

 

 

These are the very latest Genki English lessons.   We haven’t finished all the testing yet (Genki English isn’t tested on animals but it is tested on lots of kids to make sure it gets the results we need!) so things might change a little here,  but we’re getting pretty close to the official release and everyone who buys the Teacher’s Set between now and the official release will get “sneak peek” versions now and the full version once they are finished! 🙂

 

 

 # Title Target English
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94       She has …..

blue eyes, brown eyes, short hair, long hair, a red hat, glasses, straight hair, curly hair.

95 Leading into the Growth Mindset course ….

Did I get enough sleep, move my body, hydrate, ask for help, reframe, take a break, do my best, celebrate?

96 Do you want, need, have, like, know, remember, get, love it?
97 What will you do?
I’ll watch, listen, think, play, write, call, help, cry, win, lose, try again!
98 Baby Steps
– to use with the Growth Mindset course.
99 Jar of Awesome
– to use with the Growth Mindset course.
100 Pirate Cutlery!

 

 

🐣 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!

 # Title Target English
88  Easter ... 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
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
Apple Bobbing rules for Halloween.
93 Trick or Treat 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

Use the magic of Christmas and Genki English to make the English even more unforgettable!

 # Title Target English
 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?  What colour is Christmas?

red, white, green, gold, blue, purple, orange, silver

100  Let's build a house  Let’s build a house

windows, door, walls, roof, garden etc.

 101  Let's build a gingerbread house
  Let’s build a gingerbread house

windows, door, walls, roof, garden etc.

 102  Let's build a snowman  Let’s build a snowman

Body parts body, head, nose, neck, eyes, arms, buttons, mouth

 103  Where are the Christmas Presents?   Where are the Christmas presents?

Next to, under, on etc.

 104 Genki Christmas Genki Christmas

snowman, Santa Claus, reindeer, Christmas tree, Christmas stocking, candy cane, presents, Christmas card.

 105 What would you like for Christmas?
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

106 What does Santa do? He ‘ third person “s”
107   How many days till Christmas?
108 12 Genki Days of Christmas
 109  Happy New Year! Happy New Year! Happy New year!


All these themes you can find in the Teacher’s Set.

Bonus 2025 Lessons:  Valentines’ & Pancake Day!

Hugs, smiles, waves & high fives, check out some very cool vocab and a fantastic way to start any lesson in the  Genki Valentine’s Day lesson!

+ Learn some cooking vocab & how to make awesome pancakes in a very genki way!

 

All these themes you can find in the Teacher’s Set.

Then once the kids have mastered the English using the lessons above…

 

Real Life 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 Facebook Group:  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!

Genki Phonics Workbook

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 VIP only “5 minute phonics” page.

 

Then VIP Members can move onto the B1/B2 Level Genki Growth Mindset Course

And the B1/B2 Level Genki Storytelling / Storywriting Course

 

 

Advanced Grammar Genki English

These lessons are all from the Advanced Genki English course.

 
Better than the best Comparative/superlative

If you had a million dollars… I’d …

Conditional

 3  
  Excuse me, where’s the … ?
 4     Have you ever … Present Perfect
 5  
Dream Holiday Simple Future I will
 6  
  I have to … I can! Modals subjective / objective obligation
 7  
How you doing?
 8  
What shall I do today? Modal Shall
 9  
  Irregular Verbs

And the new 12 Grammar Tenses Songs:

 

 

And for the final push to fluency we have VIP training to teach the C1/C2 Level Advanced Course

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 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!

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