If you’ve picked up your Teacher’s Set then this is how you can use them to get some awesome ESL (English as a Second Language) or EFL (English as a Foreign Language) lessons!
1. Warm Up & Review
Then from the second lesson we start reviewing everything we’ve done so far, this is the real key that gets the big results.
You can see how I do it in video here.
Then we need some sort of input of new materials. You could do this the old fashioned flashcard-repeat-after-me type thing, but the research shows that doesn’t work too well, and it’s as boring as anything!
So that’s where the computer games and the special songs come in to play, this is how you get the grammar and vocab well and truly stuck in their heads.
With the “words” section of the software you get the flashcards for each vocab item, with lots of different pronunciations. Then use the “mini lesson” before moving on to the song. Remember to build things up and get the kids all genki before they start singing! 🙂
Ninja Trick: The key here is “multiple intelligences” so that’s why we have big, bright, unambiguous (but sometimes a little weird!) pictures, fun sounds, plus melodies and gestures for everything. This hits as many of the different ways of learning as we can (hey, smell would be cool too! 🙂 ) so all the kids have a chance to learn & remember. If you skip a few (say you don’t like gestures or don’t like music or computers) then you’ll miss some kids!
Ninja Expert Level Trick: Try doing the computer game *before* you do the words. Let the kids learn the vocab from the computer game not from you. This feels very weird for a teacher but gets amazing results. Then just check the meaning with the words and do the mini lesson, song as above.
Then there is one final, really important step …
A lot of courses miss this out and that is why you find lots of kids who study for years but can’t speak at all.
Speaking is the most important part of learning a language, and it can be terrifying!
So that’s why in Genki English we use classroom games, the adrenaline pumping of a competitive game is as close as we can get to the adrenaline pumping real life scenario when you first speak the language in real life.
Plus with a well crafted game the kids get lots of practice speaking with each other, not just with the teacher.
All the main Genki English class games you can find on the website, just pop over to the curriculum page, click through to the lesson you like and off you go!
Ninja Tip: There are also more bonus games available for VIP members.
So that’s it really.
Of course you can spice it up later on with adding in 5 minutes of reading, picture books (as a reward and extra listening practice), drama and plays ( check out the huge selection of those on the VIP forum), card games or worksheets, or even super high tech methods, but the essence is to keep it basically the same with the
Warm Up/ Review -> Input -> Output
And all you need materials wise is the Teacher’s Set.
Give it try and you’ll be well on your way to some fantastic, and stress free, lessons! 🙂
P.S. Timing wise, spend around 3 to 5 minutes on the warm up/review at the beginning, maybe going up to 5 to 10 minutes after a year or so of lessons (as you have so much more to review!) Then split the rest of the time equally between input and output. Unless you are doing the homework programme, in which case of course the kids have already done the input at home so you can whizz through that really quickly (basically just checking they got the meanings right!) and spend more time on the output.