Yokohama is a great city with one of the best skylines in the world. On Saturday it was host to Oxford University Press' Kids' Club Tour where several great presenters shared ideas for teaching English to children.
Sakai-sensei shared some great new simple songs, written by Carolyn Graham, from the new and improved Let's Go series of textbooks, and really impressed upon me the power of having clear and consistent gestures you can use with emerging speakers to facilitate communication.
Mr. Jackson (pictured here having a rollicking good time) talked about ways to help kids communicate about events in their everyday lives, and led us in some rousing renditions of some of the great songs (composed and performed by Brian Cullen) from the CD which accompanies the Potato Pals series. A LOT of fun.
I hope to have an interview with Patrick up within the next couple of days, so please check back in. We use his series with kids ranging in age from 3-6 at our school and we really love it. It's extremely well designed. Personally, I think it's great for any kids learning to speak and read, not just ESL students. You can check your regional Amazon.com for copies.