Here are some of the tricks you can use to kick your students’ English levels through roof!
Gumby wrote in asking how I review all the previous lessons in the first 5 minutes of each lesson (as per the lesson plan.) It’s actually quite straight forward and very powerful! Have a look at this video:
(The song is the Where is Baby Monkey? Rooms of the House song.)
And here you can see the example with kids from Kamila in Poland:
The great thing about this is that you can easily mix and match the different phrases as you teach new themes. For example in the video we’d done “I like …” with animals and “I’d like some ….” with breakfast food. So in the review you can ask the kids to translate sentences that mix and match them both e.g. say “I’d like some pancakes” or “I like pancakes” or “I like bears” or “I’d like some bears” (stupid sentence but it gets the kids excited and making sentences!)
Build & Build
As the kids remember all the grammar & phrases naturally from the melodies in the songs, you can keep building and building like this using previous themes in new and varied ways.
For example after this warm up, the lesson we did was Under, on, in prepositions. So in the next warm up we can mix this with the rooms of the house to get things like “Where is the kitchen?” “It’s next to the living room” etc.
Anything you want to say!
Now imagine that you can build up an almost infinite amount of English for the kids to speak. This technique, and by carefully controlling the language used in the curriculum, is how I manage to build up to the “be able to say anything you want to say” goal of Genki English. You can can see it’s very powerful. And lots of fun!
One other tip for reviewing, always remember it’s “not what you’ve done but what the kids can do” that is important!
What do you think?