Lesson 1-1 The very first lesson! "Greetings from all around the World" ...

May 02 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

The Eigo Note textbook begins with an intro into the different ways of saying “hello” in foreign languages

In teaching English to kids/children, chanting is highly promoted so we see that as well with the first CD English teaching item in the Eigo Notebook.

What made this quite interesting for me was the ending wherein I made a few gestures to get the kids a little more excited was to use a comical gesture from one of those famous tv talents in Japan.

I think his name is “Dandy Andy” and it is his famous “GETS!” pose which I use at the end of this English chant. The kids loved it and really got excited about trying it out for themselves. Basically, at the end of the note, point your index fingers like a gun at someone and say, "GETS!" It adds a few laughs to the lesson.

The next step, was to practice listening and speaking the foreign Hello's as well as in English so flashcards were made based on the EigoNote textbook images and were posted on the board in random for a practice quiz based on the CD.

The children had to put them back in the order which was the same as the CD. I thought it would be a good idea to review the names of those countries as well so it was done at this time.

The students did quite well and after that we practiced saying all the different hellos repeatedly. Another aspect of this lesson is to build confidence in saying greetings as well as how to introduce yourself in English if you are a student with confidence.

To make English lessons more lively, fun, and exciting I usually incorporate a few English teaching games into my lessons. Thus, I used an ELT game I like to call the “Guess Who? Game.” Basically one student stands in front of the class and covers his or here eyes and while the whole class says “Hi (or Hello), my name is... What’s your name?” there will be a student (picked in advance) who will answer“My name is..." But this picked student will not use his or her real name. Then, he or she will say “Nice to meet you!”and the rest of the class will say “Nice to meet you, too!” At this point the student with his or her eyes blindfolded or covered at the front of the class will try to guess who said “My name is …” The game is quite fun and many Japanese teachers may know this as the “Atteru Game.”

In the “Let’s Play” portion there is a keyword game to be played, although this portion was traded for a group interview game wherein students used the various hello greeting game cards I prepared in advance and exchanged them with each other as they said the various greetings in pairs and new partners.

Eigo Note Book 1 Pages 4 and 5 For the ending of the lesson, we gave a final quiz on the countries showcased in the Eigo Note 1 textbook. I randomly held up pictures of famous sights or food of those countries and the students had to decide which countries they came from. One of the best ways to do this with the Eigo Notebook lessons is to just post up the answered pictures next to or on the actual hello image flashcard itself.


Eigo Note Book 1 Cover Shot Teaching with the Eigo Note can be quite challenging. Stay focused in your Elementary School “Eigo Note” English lessons and try to communicate well with your homeroom teachers. Whether it is in the classroom or in the teachers room. Whether in English, Japanese, or a mix of both. Try a few gestures and some sign language as well. Keep it up, I'm sure you and the students will have a great Eigo Notebook experience!

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