More Teacher’s Videos from Thailand – lots of Gesture Ideas!

A few more videos of the teachers in Thailand…

First up is a quick look at the location in Kohn Kaen, pretty nice for English training, eh!


Then we have the Chiang Mai teachers doing the How old are you? ong


And the teachers in Trang doing the What sports do you play? song

And finally the rock guitar version of the Good Morning song

Do these videos help you see how to do the songs?  Do let me know in the comments if you’d like more uploading!

Be genki,



Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. 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. Now I help teachers just like you teach amazing lessons and double your incomes!

22 Responses to “More Teacher’s Videos from Thailand – lots of Gesture Ideas!”

  1. Nilam

    Wow nice videos, would like to see more of such.

  2. Julia

    Hi Richard!

    It’s wonderful how you keep ALL the teachers (even in the last rows) singing and doing the gestures ALL the time! You seem to fill this really enormous room with your energy and liveliness.

    Wishing you the best of everything!

  3. Richard

    Thanks Nilam!

    And Julia, yes it is hard to get them ALL doing it – they are even worse than teenagers! 🙂

    The key is zero tolerance enforcement of the rules. I think I’ll do a separate post about this!

  4. Gumby

    Richard, PLEASE do tell how you got them all doing the gestures. I don’t care how enthusiastic the teacher in the last row is in his/her own classroom, I can’t even imagine how I would get that person in a class this large to actively participate. It sheds new light on 出来る、出来る、出来る (can, can, can)

  5. Richard

    Believe me if you saw these groups at the beginning you’d be thinking that there is no hope on Earth for government education!!

    It usually took me all morning, but eventually I got them all on board. I’ve just written up a post and scheduled it for Friday!

  6. Richard

    Glad you like it Patrick!

    P.S. Everyone, yes that is *the* Patrick Jackson!

  7. Margit

    Congratulations. you did it/ again!

    This looks so much different from the first videos you sent.
    I hope you are going to have a few days on the beach, now you are done here.

    I’m looking forward to your post tomorrow, to hear how you managed to get to this point.

  8. Thichaya Wongyai

    Great idea to trick teachers’ brain help provide gestures! It’s the way of think bigger that I’ll keep in mind to use in the classroom. Be Genki,

  9. Richard

    2 days on the beach! And I’m doing emails …… Hmmmm, what was I saying about working smart not hard! 🙂

  10. Jamie Waddell

    Interesting experience and evaluation with the tablets in Thailand. I’ve noted that there’s too much emphasis on games and songs and this may be down to either lazy teaching or a lack of understanding of the tablet and its contents.

    I’ve worked at a school that has the tablets but do not use them.

  11. Izolda Kovac

    Yes, yes, yes, I would like to see more videos!!!!! 🙂

  12. Richard

    Hi Jamie,

    It’s a bit of both, lazy teaching and lack of understanding because there hasn’t been any training yet. The training we did this week was for one teacher per area, 1,000 teachers altogether who will all have to go back and train their teachers. Have a look at the lesson plan to see what we were doing:

    With Genki English though, the songs and games are where all the learning happens! 🙂

  13. Jenny

    I’m sorry I missed the Trang workshop. It would have been great to meet you and see you in action! Did you make it to one of Trang’s beautiful islands while you were here?

  14. Richard

    Hi Jenny, just flew straight in, did the workshops then flew straight out! 🙁

  15. Julie

    Wow! Amazing stuff Richard!
    I love seeing the videos!
    They look so motivated here, and I believe that they probably weren’t at the beginning! Super Richard’s Genki Power I’m guessing!
    Well done!
    Warm regards,
    Julie from Oz

  16. Matt

    I’d like more videos of songs with gestures that are hard to make up. Some of them are hard for me at least!

    Sports are easy (mime playing the sport), numbers are easy (how many fingers), but what about Can you speak English? or Vegetables/fruit market, or family members.
    Any good gestures for them?

  17. Richard

    Hi Matt,

    Check out those songs on the curriculum page (especially the vegetables ones!), there are some great ideas!

    Or … best of all ask the kids, they come up with crazy stuff! 🙂

  18. sara

    Hi, Richard
    as you always say,they need a lot of energy and I believe you do it the best.But for me it’s a little hard to perform all the gestures, … . However I’ll try it step by step. thanks so much.

  19. joe

    Hi Richard
    Ive been around Asia since 2007 and your vids really help me take a stronger attitude towards getting the kids and adults more active. Doing lots of one to one classes its easy to slip right into a coma along with the student but instead I like your vids for some ideas, motivation and encouragement.
    all the best and thanks,

  20. Veronica

    Thanks Richard!!!
    I love your videos, they make my class move!!!!!
    It’s really a different way……

  21. Gerry Alipan Tayong

    Thank you so much for these amazing techniques in teaching Beginning Students in the English language. It adds more ideas in my noble teaching vocation here in Thailand. Hope to see more videos coming.

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