Do you speak English? Do you love working with children? Discover how you can put your skills to good use and create new opportunities for yourself with our teacher training courses which use the Kids English Theatre Method.
What is the Kids English Theatre Method?
The Kids English Theatre method is aimed at boosting child development in English as a Second Language (ESL) using theatre-based techniques, games, songs, and Total Physical Response (TPR).
Our unique children’s theatre and language courses combine drama, music, role-play, storytelling, language activities, and much more, to make English language learning a new and exciting experience for children of all ages and abilities.
My name is Miranda Fynn Legge. I was born in the UK and am a professional actor with a diploma from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. I am also an accredited English language teacher with a CELTA Certificate from Cambridge University. Furthermore, I am the founder of the Kids English Theatre Method.
With over 25 years experience working as a professional actor, English teacher and drama trainer, I have seen first-hand the real advantages that theatre and music-related activities present to children learning English.
In 2004, I utilized this experience and started “Teatro Inglese Per Bambini”, a unique English and drama after-school programme for children ages 4 to 10 based in Florence, Italy.
I believe that if a child’s first exposure to English is theatrical, active and fun, they will love language learning for the rest of their lives. This belief has been reinforced over the years by the many parents and teachers that share with me how their children’s experience on my courses help motivate and enrich their learning capacity and encourage them to be more expressive and confident communicating in English.
More English please… but made fun!
Over the last few years, there has been an increasing demand for English language and theatre courses aimed at preschool and primary school children. Parents are seeing the enormous benefits that drama and active English language learning have on young children and the alternative after school courses which focus specifically on learning through fun and active play.
Here, lies the problem – As it stands today, there are simply not enough trained children’s English theatre teachers to meet the high demand.
What are the main characteristics of a Kids English Theatre teacher?
It is someone who: –
- speaks English very well and would like to use their language skills to help others
- loves the idea of working with children
- is enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing, creative, enjoys singing and acting, has a positive outlook, and has a playful spirit
- is independent and interested in creating work opportunities for themselves
If you feel that you have some or all of these characteristics listed above, we invite you to discover what our Teacher Training Academy can offer you.
What is “Kids English Theatre”Teacher Training Academy?
“Kids English Theatre” Teacher Training Academy is an intensive teacher training course designed specifically for native and non-native English speakers who have an excellent knowledge of English and a strong motivation to teach children but need professional guidance and assistance in developing and shaping their teaching skills.
The course is open to both professional and non-professional teachers of English and provides simple step-by-step practical ideas on how to successfully teach young learners through theatre, action songs, fun, and games.
During the course, participants will study and practice in-depth “key aspects” of teaching young learners aged 3-10 years using the Kids English Theatre Method.
By following our Teacher Training Programme, you can discover how to become a confident, creative, and engaging communicator of English. You will also learn simple proven techniques that will energize your lessons, make your teaching fun and rewarding, and above all, ensure that your children learn English quickly.
Our practical, clear, and well-structured courses allow even the less experienced participants to develop basic skills in teaching young learners English through drama.
- How to become a successful communicator: Body language strategies, voice techniques, the role of humour and playfulness, classroom management skills
- Creative Teaching: Language games and drama techniques
- Songs, chants and rhymes :Using music effectively in the classroom
- Storytelling and role play: How to incorporate puppets, masks, costumes and authentic materials
- How to stage a play : Themes, script writing, rehearsals, costume making, make-up, lighting
- How to get more students: How to publicize and organize your own courses
- Complete lesson plan examples – Mock practice and critiques
Who can participate?
You do not have to be a trained teacher or native English speaker, nor do you need to have any previous acting experience or experience working with children to participate.
Our teaching training course participants are a diverse group of individuals from every corner of the world and who come from all walks of life and circumstances but who share one underlining goal to make a difference in the lives of children. Many of them are university graduates, some are native speakers, others are ESL (CELTA /TEFL ) language teachers, nursery and primary school teachers.
There are even some participants that have no formal English or drama training but they nonetheless share similar attributes such as having a full understanding of the English language and love working with children. These participants understand the importance of using drama , music and play to develop language abilities in children and are fully committed to making a difference.
Still have questions? What’s stopping you from teaching and setting up your own children’s English theatre courses?
I have never taught children before
We are strong advocates of “learning by doing” and all our participants actively take part in our courses and workshops.
We know that the prospect of teaching children can be overwhelming. This is why we start by providing practical demonstrations on how to teach and interact with children of all ages. You’ll also be given opportunities throughout each course to practice and be critiqued on what you learn, which will help you build confidence and provide a starting point from which you can develop ideas of your own.
How can I teach children English through drama if I’m not an actor?
You absolutely do not need to be a professional actor to teach using the Kids English Theatre Method.
The purpose of The Kids English Theatre Method is not to turn you into a budding young thespian but to show you that by learning and adapting simple drama techniques you can interact, connect and energize children more and make your English lessons original, fun, active and exciting. In other words, you can make an impact in a child’s life while doing something you enjoy. It’s a win-win arrangement.
I’m not native English- I can’t compete with native English speakers
It is rather surprising to know that many ESL native speaking teachers are only formally trained to teach adults and have little or no experience teaching young children.
Once you have completed the Kids English Theatre Teacher Training Course, you on the other hand, will have the advantage of being able to offer a multitude of dynamic and unique skills, dedicated specifically to teaching young children English using theatre, and stand out from all the rest.
What qualification do I obtain by completing the training course?
We do not offer a teacher training diploma, we are not a traditional teacher training school.
What we do offer is a proven teaching method that actually works! It works because children love it and parents and teachers see the fast and long lasting results. How you take full advantage of following a Kids English Theatre Training course is really up to you. It can be used for personal growth, professional development or future career opportunities – the world is your oyster!
Participants who complete our training courses receive a Kids English Theatre Teacher Training Certificate of Attendance (a certificate of attendance is not considered a diploma with legal value).
What can I do once I have completed a Kids English Theatre Training Course?
How you personally use your freshly learned skills is up to you, here are a few suggestions:
- Organise your own after school English theatre language courses
- Organise your own English theatre Summer Camps
- Offer extracurricular English Theatre courses to schools, playgroups, theatre companies, culture associations or children’s groups.
- Work privately from home or offer courses in other people’s homes
- Organise English theatre birthday parties and events
- Offer English theatre courses to hotels, campsites, recreational centres, or cruise ships
Is Kids English Theatre – Teacher Training Course a franchise?
No, we are not a franchise. We are a private company and only offer teacher training courses.
I live too far away to attend a teacher training course
Our courses are designed to be mobile. Become a friend on Facebook and we will keep you updated to where our next Teacher Training Course will take place nearest to where you live.
I have small children of my own and need to teach from home
Kids English Theatre is ideal for mums or dads with young children because you can create your own informal play groups and teach them from your own home or a friend’s home including your own children too.
What can you offer me that I can’t teach myself or find on the internet?
While there is a wealth of information for English teachers on the internet today and you can most definitely learn a lot online, you can only find the Kids English Theatre Method here, as it is a unique and innovative way to build opportunities for yourself that you otherwise might not have considered while positively making a long-lasting impact on the life of a child.
Our pluriannual experience in teaching children using the Kids English Theatre Method has shown us how children learn best, how they learn fastest and what they find most enjoyable.
All our drama games, songs, role-plays and stories have been researched and developed over the years. And we constantly devise and experiment new ideas and activities to accompany lessons, concocting new language games and elaborating new skits and rhymes. Most importantly, all our exercises have been successfully tried and tested in classrooms. We can therefore, principally help you to save time organising your lessons, balancing your activities and guide you to develop ideas that will make your lessons creative and a success straight away.
Can you offer me a job after I have completed the training course?
No, we simply offer training courses to help enrich your personal English Theatre teaching skills and professionalism in working with children. Where and how you want to use these skills is up to you.
What’s best about following a Kids English Theatre Course?
- Provides you with a lifelong education in innovative teaching methods
- You will become a unique language drama teacher and stand out from the rest
- You will make a long-lasting positive impact in the life of a child.
What families say about Miranda Flynn and her Kids English Theatre Courses run in Italy
” There are many benefits obtained from the course that we notice in Sofia, including how easily and promptly she learns and how she puts what she learns into practice, in addition to consequently having opened her mind. We find it perfect for her and this is proved by the fact that she can’t wait to attend class every week. I would recommend all children to follow such a course, and we have done so to all of our friends. “
” With the English Theatre Course, my son Lorenzo has become familiar with the language with joy, enthusiasm and fun. The course structure is a winner; In fact, children are taught the English language through acting, singing, music. To hear Lorenzo sing in English is great !!! It’s a course that I have already recommended to other mothers. “
” First of all, I’d like to say that my daughter has developed an ear for music, regarding sounds…I’ve always been astounded by the fact that she hears the difference between the sound of the word tree and the number three…she has acquired more confidence in facing an audience, further to the fact that she always came willingly and that she has learned so many words with you and not at school… I recommend the course. Just as I’ve done to many children who attend your course. The only negative thing is that at age 10, everything ends. Personally, I think you should continue even with children who are above the age of 10. The fact remains that you are hired by the Benvenuti family until Alice turns thirty”
” I believe there are numerous benefits: she has definitely acquired self-confidence, she has become passionate about music, so much that she has enrolled in a drum course and in a choir, in addition to obviously having become familiar with the English language. I’d say that it’s certainly a positive, educational experience and in fact, I’ve suggested it to friends and colleagues”