From all the emails I’ve had I know quite a few of you are busy at work writing your next year’s curriculum.
To give you some inspiration, some ideas and hopefully a lot less stress, I’ve just pulled up some of my top curriculum posts for you.
These all focus on the first 50 to 100 lessons where the focus is on confidence, speaking and listening:
My original article wth where to start, linking to other subjects & “curriculum yoga”
To take things to the next level, how to set your goals and fit the lessons in.
A quick post on which grammar points and which sentence structures to focus on in your curriculum.
What if you have a textbook?
1. Write a long list of all the topics covered in each chapter.
2. Then simply match up the nearest Genki English lesson to go with each lesson.
Ninja Tip: Use this page to see all the GE themes.
3. Teach each lesson with the Genki English lesson and then with the textbook.
From the first lesson it will be pretty easy to see which works the best, both academically and motivation wise, and that gives you more leverage to change things in the coming years. Plus of course you will be covering everything you “have to” cover to keep all the high ups happy! 🙂
For babies, adults or junior high school?
These pages are for you:
*Ninja Tip: If you are in junior high school and your kids are being forced to learn the alphabet first, definitely, 100% use your class time to do Genki Phonics with them ASAP. Do it as fast as you can go (go quickly on the sounds that are easy for them i.e. the ones that are the same in their native language, and slow down on the blending and phonemes that are different from their language.) You co-teachers will be *blown away* by how effective doing phonics like this is compared with the old ABC type things and it will give the kids a huge head start on the year!
Or be a Samurai ( if you want an easy life … )
If you’re tired and stressed there really is no point re-inventing the wheel.
I’ve been working on the Genki English curriculum for over 15 years with the help of hundreds of teachers and thousands of students throughout the world. It’s still not perfect, but it’s as good as it gets.
You could make your own curriculum, but if you don’t have 15 years, be a Samurai & just use what we’ve done, it’s free for you on the website. 🙂
Remember, saving you stress and freeing your time to use in the classroom is what we’re all about at Genki English. Enjoy!
P.S. If any of you want me to go through any of this in the Fukuoka workshop next week do let me know. We’ve got teachers flying in from as far as Nagoya & Okinawa so it should be pretty cool!