Review of Genki English’s Disco Warm Up

Ever walk into a class of drowsy children (or company workers for that matter) and need something to shake the sleep out of their eyes? If you almost certainly said “yes”, then the Genki English Disco Warm up is just what you need. Found on CD 7 of the Genki English series, this is the very first song I teach all of my children whenever I start new classes (aged five and above). It is especially effective with children who may not enjoy learning English so much, since it sends a powerful message that you are a fun teacher. Play it once and they’ll be in a good mood to do pretty much whatever you have planned next.

Before reading any further just go to the song page and listen to the demo, if it doesn’t have you hooked within the first couple of notes then I doubt there is much I can write to convince you otherwise. On the song page you will find the lyrics of the basic and extended versions of the song, a lesson plan, and evaluation worksheet which will be helpful in preparing to teach it.

Here is the song in action with some children in Japan.

“Genki Disco Warm Up”
by Richard Graham

Stand up, sit down.
Hands up, hands down.
Stand up, and bow.
Sit down, sit down.

And clap.

Stand up, sit down.
Hands up, hands down.
Stand up, and bow.
Sit down. Sit down.

And cheer!
Come on, louder!

Stand up, sit down.
Hands up, hands down.
Stand up, and bow.
Sit down, sit down.

And cheer!

Before playing the song for the first time pre-teach the key actions: stand-up, sit down, hand up, hands down, bow, clap, and cheer. The latter two actions are really great for getting the children all jazzed up so don’t spare any energy in getting the kids excited. Although Richard Graham, the creator of Genki English, has recently added some great flash cards and mini cards, they are not really necessary to teach the motions. Since this is all about the TPR (Total Physical Response) just do the actions with the children, repeatedly, and progressively faster. Then when you feel they’re ready just turn on the song real loud and lead them through it.

You’ll have more fun than you can imagine.

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