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Kids English Theatre© Teacher Training Courses
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.
Our unique method combines drama, movement, music, role-play, storytelling, language activities, skits and puppetry to make English language learning a new and exciting experience for children of all ages and abilities.
What is Kids English Theatre© Teacher Training Academy?
We offer intensive teacher training courses 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.
Courses are open to both professional and non-professional teachers of English and provide simple step-by-step practical ideas on how to successfully teach young learners through theatre, action songs, fun, and games.
During courses, 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 core skills in teaching young learners English through drama.
About the Coach
Miranda Flynn Legge is a professional British actor and graduate of the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she won a scholarship and was trained by prominent international directors and mentors including the world’s foremost voice coach, Patsy Rodenburg. She also shared studies with fellow actors: Joseph Fiennes, Damien Lewis, Ewen McGregor and Daniel Craig.
In 1995 Miranda co-founded Catalyst Theatre Company in Florence, Italy. She also won a Prince's Trust award that same year to develop her work at an international level with Catalyst.
Furthermore Miranda is an accredited English language teacher with a CELTA Certificate from Cambridge University and has worked extensively teaching children of all ages and abilities.
With over 25 years’ experience working as a professional actor, English teacher and drama trainer, Miranda has seen first-hand the real advantages that theatre techniques present to English language learners.
In 2004, she created “Teatro Inglese Per Bambini©”, a unique English and theatre after-school programme for children ages 4 to 10 based in Florence, Italy.
"I believe that if a child’s first impact with English is theatrical, active and fun, they will love language learning forever. This belief has been consolidated over the years by the many parents and teachers that share with me how their children’s experience on my courses helps motivate and boost their learning capacity and encourages them to be more expressive and confident communicating in English."
Miranda is a professional trainer and participates in various national conferences and university seminars for nursery and primary school educators, where she coaches how to apply theatre techniques to teaching 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: –
If you feel that you have some or all of these characteristics listed above, we invite you to discover what the Teacher Training Academy can offer you.
General training course topics include:
- 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, puppets 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 lesson practice and critiques
Who can participate?
You do not have to be a native English speaker or trained teacher, neither do you need to have any previous acting experience or familiarity working with children to participate.
Our training course participants are a diverse group of individuals from every corner of the world and who come from all walks of life and experiences but who share one underlining goal to make a difference in the lives of children. Some of them are university graduates, some are native speakers, others are ESL (CELTA /TEFL ) language teachers, nursery and primary school teachers or owners.
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.
Are you ready to take your teaching to the next level and stand out from the competition?
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Learn How to turn your English language knowledge into opportunities
...Whether you are an experienced English teacher or completely new to the profession, the idea of setting up your first English theatre class can initially seem overwhelming; the enthusiasm is there but not knowing the simple practicalities of how to get started is holding you back.
The good news is there is someone out there who already does it, has made a career out of it, and can share with you her teaching experience and secrets to make you feel more confident in trying it for yourself...
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 masterclasses. 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 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 LIVE training course?
Participants who complete any of our training courses receive a Kids English Theatre© Teacher Training Certificate of Attendance.
For those participants who complete either the 5-Day Intense LIVE Teacher Training Programme or the Complete 3-STEP (weekend) LIVE Training Programme also have the possibility to become a Kids English Theatre© Certified Teacher and gain FREE access to our reserved membership area which includes the following benefits:
- “Kids English Theatre© Certified Teacher” Certificate
- Access to the Teacher Resource Pack (including video training course,handbooks with teaching tips, sketches, drama and movement games, skits, role-plays, flashcards, props and puppet ideas, Kamishibai stories etc)
- Use of logo: Kids English Theatre© Certified Teacher
- Possible inclusion on the Italian "Kids English Theatre Method” Website (if you are a self-employed teacher)
- The possibility of becoming a Kids English Theatre© Ambassador
Note: Kids English Theatre© Certificates certify the completion of a course. They do not hold 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 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?
We are not a franchise.
We are a private company with the principle aim to share The Kids English Theatre© Teaching Method and help teachers become the best they can be.
We offer 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 sky is the limit!
I live too far away to attend a teacher training course
I have small children of my own and need to teach from home
Kids English Theatre© method is ideal for teachers 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 structured 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 comedy skits, plays and puppet scripts . Most importantly, all our exercises have been successfully tried and tested in classrooms. We can therefore, principally help you to save time structuring 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?
We do not promote or offer any employment. 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.
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Who are K.E.T. Certified Teachers?
Teachers who complete either the LIVE Kids English© Theatre 3-Step Programme or the 5-Day Intensive acquire the qualification Kids English Theatre© Certified Teacher.
Since 2017, over 300 participants from across the globe have attended K.E.T. teacher training courses and there are currently over 60 Certified Teachers operating in Italy, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Poland, Tunisia, Bosnia and Germany with the number growing with the completion of each cycle.