Phoebe in Hong Kong wrote in for help saying that her kids are really, really shy and only ever want to play games. She asked how to cut down on the amount of games without them getting bored. Here’s what I wrote in response:
Hi Phoebe, if the kids only ever want to play games, that’s fine! They are one of the best ways to learn a language (I incorporate them in all my lesson plans). The key is to figure out what English you want to teach and just find a suitable game that lets you practice that language. That way the kids get their game, and you get them learning what they need! If they have the passion for something we might as well go with it.If you have a look at the games page of Genki English ( https://genkienglish.net/games.htm ) then just about every game can be changed to teach just about any English you can think of.
The second thing is to try and conquer the shyness.“Shy” just means “the degree to which you can communicate” so it’s not a personality trait as such, it’s actually what we are trying to get rid of with communication based lessons.And the best medicine for shyness is “confidence” So I’d have a look at doing more, simple presentation type activities (e.g. the Superhero or Treasure Adventure ones from Genki English) and also trying to incorporate more self improvement type ideas (e.g. Zig Ziglar, Napoleon Hill etc.) into the lessons.