Today was full time doing the Genki English DVD, and it is pretty hard going! I’ve done the teaching bits sooo many times, but actually getting them down on video is a big challenge as it has to look good, sound good, be fun on the first viewing but also make you want to watch it again etc. etc. And one of the most challenging things is that one major part of the experience will be missing from the DVD itself, i.e. the viewers interaction! This is difficult to do, and if you look at most TV programmes they don’t give you the chance to interact and repeat properly, because if they did there would be huge “holes” in the programme. But with the tremendous feedback from the Kids English videos, which were the first videos to use the Genki English teaching method, then I know it will work and work well! Mind you if only I had the Kids English budget to work with! So after getting a bit bored with editing up the main teaching bits I had a go at doing the GenkiEnglish Man animations. These are a lot more fun! But unlike music or software (or even the website) where I can easily produce anything that’s in my head, it’s a bit more limiting working with the video. But the technology does make things a whole lot more easier. One question I’ve been working on today is whether to make GenkiEnglish Man a “cartoon” type character or a computer 3D character. Each has it’s pros and cons, so I guess the quickest solution will win!

Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. And when I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. So I'm sharing it all with you now...