UPDATE: Thank you for all the feedback on this, the latest version of the curriculum is here!
I’ve got another favour to ask today!
As most of you are now using the download pack instead of CDs (don’t worry, cross grade offer coming soon!), it’s time to change the main menu to reflect the order in which to teach the lessons, rather than the order I made the CDs in.
There is the possibility of having several different orders and of course everything is still non-linear so you can match to any coursebook if you have to.
But I’d also love to have a “best example” order to teach the Genki English lessons in.
Here’s what I have so far, based on my experience, but I’d *love* to hear your input!
Do you think this order looks good?
Or any themes you always prefer to teach earlier/later/together separate etc.?
Please write up your thoughts in the comments and hopefully we can make up the easiest to teach, most amazingly effective recommended course!
Here we go …. Easy, easy lessons
|1||Genki Disco Warm Up
stand up, sit down, clap, cheer etc.
|2||Rock, Paper, Scissors
The game of “Janken” in English, getting the kids used to English and having fun. In Japan a very effective first lesson. For other countries, go straight to “What’s your name?”
|3||What’s your name?
What’s your name? My name is …… Nice to meet up.
|4||How are you?
How are you? I’m .. hungry, tired, cold, sad, happy, great, good, OK.
|5||I’m a superhero! I can….
I can jump, run, hide, cook, stretch, climb, swim, fly
|6||Left and right
Left, right, forward, back, stop, stand up, sit down, spin, jump
|7||Numbers 1 to 12
|8||How old are you?
I’m … (years old). 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
What’s the weather like? / How’s the weather? It’s….. rainy, cloudy, windy, snowy, sunny, fine, hot, a beautiful day.
Review of good morning, good afternoon etc.
Once you have the hang of those, you can try the ….
Linking together lessons
|11||Do you like food?
Do you like…..? I like….. + kids favourite foods
|12||Do you like animals?
Same English as above with animals.
|13||I like animals I like snails, kangaroos, bears, ducks, camels,
spiders, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, penguins,
|14||I like vegetables I like onions, peas, carrots, beans,
mushrooms, potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes
|15||Do you have any pets?
“Do you have ….?”, “I have a ….”
|16||Animal Voices I have a … dog, cat,
bird, mouse, chicken,
|17||Baby Monkey Family Who’s this?
This is my … brother, sister, dad,
mum (mom), grandma
|18||Do you have any brothers or sisters?
I have 1,2,3,4 brothers.
I have 1,2,3,4 sisters.
|19||Under the sea “What can you see?”, “I can see a …”
whale, squid, seahorse, jellyfish, crab,
dolphin, shark, starfish
|20||Head & Shoulders head, shoulders, knees, toes, eyes, ears, mouth nose|
Faces, Clothes, Shopping & Shapes
|21||Make a Face Parts of the face: “Put on the …” ;
“Draw a ….”
nose, ears, mouth, eyes, eyebrows,
cheeks, hair, tongue.
|22||Let’s make a monster Next set of body parts e.g. neck,
toes, fingers, etc.
|23|| Doctor, Doctor! Body Parts
Doctor, doctor, my …. head, arm,
hand, foot, back, tooth …. hurts
|24||Baby Monkey’s Winter Clothes
Put on, take off your hat, scarf, coat, boots
|25|| Baby Monkey’s Summer Clothes Don’t forget your … plus hat, t-shirt,
shoes, shorts, bucket, spade, fishing rod,
|26||Treasure Adventure Phonics “ure” sound + there’s a pirate,
hat, parrot, map, ship, island, shark
|27||How many … do you have?
How many …. do you have?
|28||How much? How much is that…? I’ll take it!
Thank you, goodbye
|29||Numbers 13 to 20
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20,
|30|| Shapes! Triangle, circle, diamond, oval, rectangle,
heart, square, star
|30b||Christmas shapes I can see a triangle, circle, diamond, oval,
rectangle, heart, square, star
I can, I can, I can!
|31||Fruit Market What’s this? What’s that? Apple,
orange, pineapple, banana, lemon, cherry,
strawberry, watermelon, peach, grape,
pear, kiwi fruit,
|32||Can you speak….?
Can you speak English, French, Chinese etc.
|33||Come on, Come on!
kick, pass, shoot, save, catch, throw, head, score.
|34||Can you kick?
Can you … kick, pass, shoot, save,
catch, throw, head, score?
|35||I can do it!
Confidence building! Can you do it? I can do it!
|36||Where are you from? Where are you from?
I’m from…… America,
Australia, Britain ( and constituent countries),
China, Canada, Korea, New Zealand, Japan
+ any other countries that are relevant
to the children’s lives.
|37||Where do you live?
“Where do you live?”, “I live near the….”
|38||How do you say ? How do you say … in English?
Numbers, body parts and “My name is…” review
|40||I am a robot
Phonics “o” sound + “on” & “off”
Questions, Answers, Favourites & Colours
|41||What time is it, Mr Wolf?
What time is it? it’s 1…12 o’clock.
|42||What time is it? Part 2
It’s 1:05, 2:10, 3:15 etc,
|43||What sports do you play?
I play…. tennis, soccer, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, rugby, baseball
|44||When is your birthday? + Months of the Year
January, February, March etc.
When is your birthday?
|45||How did you get here?
I came here by… aeroplane, car, train, rocket, helicopter, boat, bus, mountain bike
|46||Colours & Pirates
red, blue, black, white, grey, brown, pink, green
|46b||What colour is Christmas?
red, white, green, gold, blue, purple, orange, silver
|47||What’s your favourite colour?
red, blue, green, yellow, black, white,
|48||What’s your favourite flavour?
I like … ice cream flavours.
|49||What’s your favourite subject?
I like math, art, science, P.E., music,
|50||What’s your favourite … ?
What’s your favourite … ? movie, sport,
cartoon, video game, pet, food, comic book, TV show.
I want to be, I want to do!
|51||Where are you going?
Where are you going? I’m going to ….
|52||Eat! Drink! Dance!
Basic commands used in the following songs.
|53||What are you doing?
What are you doing? + I’m… eating,
|54||What do you want to do?
I want to …. + verbs above
|55||What do you want to be?
I want to be a …. + jobs
|55b||What do you want to be for Halloween?
Same “I want to be a …” + Halloween outfits!
|56||What do you do?
What do you do? I’m a … pilot, chef,
|57||Pronouns: I, you, he, she, we are happy
pronouns + verb to be
|58||Excuse me, are you…?
Are you hungry/tired/cold/sad etc.
|59||Adjectives: I have a question!
Is it… big, small, a fruit, an animal,
heavy, light, red, green
|59b||Adjectives: More questions
Is it good, bad, slow, fast, expensive,
|60||Adjectives: It’s not bad, it’s good!
It’s (not) hot, cold, new, cold, good,
I’d like some … & Prepositions
I’m thirsty. Would you like a drink? Yes, please!
|62||What would you like for breakfast?
I’d like some bacon, ham, eggs, bread, cereal, pancakes, fish, salad.
|63||Ordering Food from A to Z
I’d like some… apples, bananas, cheese,
bigger, smaller, slower, faster, cheaper, “Is this OK?”
Where’s the… toilet, phone, TV, teachers’ room, computer, piano, CD player?
|66||Days of the week
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, today
|67||When, When, When?
When? This year, last year,
What’s that? What’s this? It’s a … cockroach, beetle, caterpillar, butterfly, ant, worm, dragonfly, mosquito
|69||Prepositions: Where is the spider?
Under, on, behind, in front of, in, next to , near
|70||Prepositions: Where is Mr Monkey?
Where is …? He’s near, next to, in front of, behind, under, on, in
|70b||Where are the Christmas presents?
Next to, under, on etc.
Rooms, think & me …
|71||Where is Baby Monkey?
Is he in the … kitchen, living room,
|72||Who is in the haunted house?
Who is in the …. + kitchen, living room,
|73||Look at me!
Look at me, him, her, us, them etc.
|74||What do you think of … ?
What do you think of …? I think it’s/he’s/she’s good, great, cool, excellent.
|75||Get well soon!|
More Holidays & Special Events
|76||Easter Egg Hunt
“Look, in the ….”
Happy Halloween! “I’m scared”, “Look, there’s a …”
Give me …. + body parts + foot/feet etc.
Apple Bobbing rules for Halloween.
|80||Trick or Treat
Trick or Treat + Scarecrow Soup, Skeleton Steak, Monster Mash, Pirate Pancakes, Black Cat Cookies, Pumpkin Pie, Spider Spaghetti, Ice Cream Eyes!
I thankful for my …. friends,
A play in English!
|83||Decorate the Christmas tree
How about some + angels, candles,
|84||Let’s build a house
windows, door, walls, roof, garden etc.
|85|| Let’s build a gingerbread house
windows, door, walls, roof, garden etc.
|86||Let’s build a snowman
Body parts body, head, nose, neck, eyes, arms, buttons, mouth
snowman, Santa Claus, reindeer, Christmas tree, Christmas stocking, candy cane, presents, Christmas card.
|88||What would you like for Xmas?
“What would you like for Christmas?” “I’d like a …”
|89||Happy New Year!
Happy New year!
Advanced Grammar Genki English
These lessons are all from the Advanced Genki English course.
|1||Better than the best
|2||If you had a million dollars… I’d …
|3||Excuse me, where’s the … ?|
|4|| Have you ever …
Simple Future I will
|6|| I have to … I can!
Modals subjective / objective obligation
|7||How you doing?|
|8||What shall I do today?
As you can see there’s quite in lot in Genki English these days – over 100 themes!
Looking forward to getting your feedback in the comments!
P.S. Big thanks to Red and Andrew for pushing me into getting this done! 🙂
P.P.S. Remember the comment competition is on again this month, with one commentator chosen at random to win a free Genki English CD.
The more you comment, the more chance you have to win!
P.P.P.S. From the comments below, here’s another way to present the lessons. What do you think?