I usually wait till the physical CD is back from the factory before launching a new CD, but seeing as the Download Packs have no packaging, nor C02 from shipping then I figured I’d launch the new one as soon as it’s ready i.e. right now!
So the new Full Download Packs have all the CD9 themes included, including all the “software.” Or if you only need the Volume 9 Software (i.e. you don’t need the other volumes nor access to the online members club) you can buy the CD9 Software Only for just US $34.99.
What’s this “software” thing then?
I think most people still use Genki English with a CD player and picture cards, which works great of course. But now instead of having to carry loads of flashcards, if you can take your laptop into class, or even better get a projector or digital whiteboard, you just hit the number 1 on the keyboard and the flashcard pops up on screen.
Or if you want all the words from the song on screen at once you can use the “Words 2” button, which is great for showing all the words during classroom games.
Talking Picture Cards: Here you have all 8 of the vocab words on screen at once. You can still move over them to hear them pronounced, and it is a life saver for classroom games. Plus if you use a projector in class, you won’t have to carry around all the heavy picture cards!
Plus the songs are now illustrated, which gets the kids more involved and gives you a break from being the focus of the lesson!
Then the song complete with lyrics and illustrations! A fantastic way to liven up the lesson and get the words stuck in your head. And a great way for kids to practice even when you’re not there.
If you’re not musically inclined, or aren’t too hot on singing, each lesson also has an illustrated “mini lesson” which basically teaches the kids how to sing the song if you don’t want to. It’s also great to give your voice a rest!
Learn the song with the illustrated “Mini Lesson”, the teacher becomes the “director”, the kids become the center stage stars! Perfect if you’re no good at singing yourself.
Plus there are computer games you can play in class and a karaoke version of each song.
All the themes also have a funky game. You could even use the games to “pre-teach” the new language to save more time for real practice with each other. And to finish off you have the Karaoke Versions.
You can see it really bridges the difference between a “chalk and talk” lesson and what kids would be doing at home which is playing computer games or watching TV, it really brings the lessons to life. You still do the same lesson plan but it takes a lot of the work off your shoulders so you can spend more time listening to the kids, preparing the next things or even taking a little rest!
These software features are available for all the Genki English lessons in the Songs & Software Download Pack, or as I say if you only need the CD9 lessons then you can buy them now (or members can get their discount price!)