Communication Skills & Drama
4-5 APRIL 2020

Day 1.
An Introduction to becoming a successful English Theatre Teacher
10.30am - 4.30pm (Registration 10.00am)
Day 2.
Language Games and Drama Techniques
10.00am - 4.00pm


Storytelling, Puppets & Music
23-24 MAY 2020

Day 1.
10.30am - 4.30pm (Registration 10.00am)
Day 2.
Puppets and Teaching English Effectively with Music
10.00am - 4.00pm


How to Stage Children's Theatre
6-7 JUNE 2020

Day 1.
How to Stage a Play
10.30am - 4.30pm (Registration 10.00am)
Day 2.
How to organise children's theatre courses
-Lesson Practice & Review
10.00am - 4.00pm

What is Kids English Theatre Teacher Training Academy?

K.E.T. Teacher Training Academy provides  teacher training courses designed specifically for both native and non-native English speakers who are highly proficient in English and who are strongly motivated to teach children but need professional guidance and assistance in developing and enhancing their teaching abilities.

The course is open to both professional and non-professional English teachers and it provides a multitude of simple and practical steps on how to successfully teach young learners aged 3-10 years through drama, music, movement and play.

You don’t need professional teaching skillstheatrical skills or be a native English speaker to enroll and participate.


Activities such as theatre, music and play offer opportunities for active learning by using the body, mind, voice and emotions to comprehensively communicate. They are entertaining and help children focus their energy toward improving their language ability in a fun-filled and welcoming setting

This course provides an innovative training experience, aimed at equipping teachers/individuals with practical step-by-step skills on how to successfully teach young learners through theatre, action songs, fun and games.

During the in-depth course, participants will be immersed and practice all key levels of teaching young learners aged 3-10 years using the Kids English Theatre© Method.

The 3-Weekend Training Programme  is offered so participants can follow a complete Teacher Training course that specifically meets their professional needs and is convenient to their schedule.

Is this course for you?

Are you thinking of starting a career?
This is a perfect time to open up new opportunities doing something you love and making a positive impact on the lives of young children. Once you have completed a Kids English Theatre ©Training Course, how you personally use your freshly learned skills is up to you. You may decide to organise your own after school programme, summer camps, birthday parties or offer your skills to playgroups and much more. The world is your oyster!

Do you want more enjoyment from your teaching?
The teacher training programme we offer provides a complete set of tools and guidance that you will need to gain confidence, enjoyment and satisfaction in your teaching.

Do you want to be a fully skilled person?
Learning through trial and error can be exhaustive and expensive. Our courses have been designed by Miranda Flynn Legge, a teacher trainer expert, to help you develop the right skill-set and grow professionally.

Do you need a flexible programme?
We offer a 3- Step Weekend Teacher Training Programme and a 5- Day Intensive Programme to specifically meet your professional needs and suit your work/personal timetable.

Course coach

During the course participants will learn directly from Miranda Flynn, expert teacher trainer, professional actor (graduate from the world renown Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London) and accredited English language teacher with a CELTA Certificate from Cambridge University. 

She is the founder of Kids English Theatre© Teacher Training Academy, Drama 4 English© Communication Skills Academy, Teatro Inglese per Bambini©  and co-founder of Catalyst Theatre Company.

Miranda has lived in Italy for over 20 years and pluriannual experience in teaching children using the Kids English Theatre©Method has shown her how children learn best, how they learn fastest and what they find most enjoyable.

All her drama games, songs, role-plays and stories have been researched and developed over the years. And she constantly devises and experiments new ideas and activities to accompany lessons, concocting new language games and elaborating comedy skits and puppet plays.  

Most importantly, all her exercises have been successfully tried and tested in classrooms. She can therefore, principally help you to save time organising your lessons, tailor your activities and guide you to develop ideas that will make your lessons creative and a success straight away.

Miranda 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.

The Kids English Theatre© Method (K.E.T.) is designed specifically for both native and non-native English speakers who are highly proficient in English and who are strongly motivated to teach children but need professional guidance and assistance in developing and enhancing their teaching abilities.

What’s the difference between the 3-Step Weekend Teacher Training and the Intensive 5-day Course?

Both training courses are identical and provide an in-depth 30 hr programme where participants are immersed, practice and develop all key levels of teaching young learners aged 3-10 years using the Kids English Theatre© Method. Both courses offer participants a concentrated teacher training course that meets their professional needs and is suitable to their schedule. After completing either programme, you have the possibility to become a Kids English Theatre© Certified Teacher and gain access to membership benefits.

5- Day Intensive Teacher Training Programme
Generally held  Monday to Friday over 1 week. Course Duration: 30 hrs + preparation

3- Step Weekend Teacher Training Programme
Generally held Saturday to Sunday over 3 weekends.  Course Duration: 30 hrs + preparation

 What is a Kids English Theatre© Certified Teacher? 

After completing either the 5-Day Intensive Teacher Training Programme or the Complete 3- Step Weekend Teacher Training Programme  you have the possibility to become a Kids English Theatre© Certified Teacher.
Kids English Theatre© Certified Teachers gain free access to our reserved membership area which includes the following benefits:


Fresh off the press...

Our newest addition to teaching children English through drama. Kids English TheatreTeller© and Teacher Toolkit. This one-of-a-kind teacher toolkit is exclusive to Kids English Theatre© course participants and is currently included in both the 3-Step Weekend and 5-Day Intensive Programmes.


Programme details


Powerful communication is the main ingredient to effective teaching. 
Your first English lesson can be a scary experience. Not only for children, but for YOU too! You want your first lesson to be a hit, but there are no guarantees children will want to come back to you again.

The problem is when you walk into a classroom for the first time; if your approach is dull and uninspiring, children will stop listening and switch off.

If you want to make a good impression with a new class of children and parents, you need to be able to send the right message - one of trust, confidence, friendliness, and professionalism.

By learning some simple and effective theatrical methods, you can ensure you develop the necessary skills to energize and excite young learners. In this course, we will explore what qualities make a good communicator and a successful English Theatre Teacher.

Topics Include: 

  • Effective body language strategies: Learn how to appear relaxed, open and friendly communicating in front of a class of any size and discover how to avoid sending negative body language messages 
  • Voice techniques: Learn how to adapt an enthusiastic, clear and engaging voice. 
  • Creating a positive classroom atmosphere and demeanour: Learn how to relate to children on an emotional level, excite and motivate. 
  • The role of play, humour and laughter: Learn how to encourage group participation and build a child’s trust and self-confidence towards language learning. 
  • How to control teaching nerves: Learn how to develop your own confidence by planning and preparing for the unexpected 
  • The benefits of non-native speakers: Discover what makes you unique and stand out from the competition.



Curiosity is a compelling quality that all children own. Curiosity drives children to learn, explore, and experiment everything that surrounds them – this is the main reason why children make ideal language learners.
The secret to teaching a second language successfully is to fuel a child’s curiosity and keep it burning bright. This is not an easy endeavour, particularly because children have short attention spans and difficulty focusing for lengths of time.

Curiosity can be continually stimulated using a multisensory theatrical approach. Theatre and play provide ideal instruments in helping children focus their energies and improve their communication skills by learning actively and creatively.

Theatre games encourage children to express themselves freely through, role-playing, puppetry, mime, body language, eye contact and facial expressions and encourage the development of a child’s memory and vocabulary.

The techniques offer an added benefit to children, especially those who may be shy and embarrassed to open up in a group or classroom setting, to communicate freely and openly with others. This allows the children to grow their interpersonal and emotional skills and help shape them to be well-rounded students.

In this course, you will learn that by adapting some simple theatrical techniques, you can energize children and make your English instruction active, fun, exciting and above all, totally unique.

Topics Include: 

  • How to vary and structure your lessons 
  • What is Total Physical Response? (TPR) Learn how to use and encourage verbal and non-verbal communication skills. 
  • Dos and don’ts of TPR – Discover how to use structured play in the classroom chaos free. 
  • Employing emotions to remember language: Learn how to use flashcards and communicative vocabulary games to introduce new language. 
  • Learn how to use successfully didactic materials and theatre props in class 
  • How to introduce drama activities: How to get your students to speak using theatre ice-breakers, warmers and coolers to help children connect, focus and concentrate.
  • Become familiar with the ins and outs of roleplay and storytelling: How drama can make learning stick. 
  • How to manage your class. Dealing with disinterested or misbehaving children.
  • How much English to use? Discover how to use English appropriately in the classroom.


Programme details


 To be or not to be…a powerful storyteller

In this modern age of cartoons and computer apps there is one thing that will never go out of fashion: Storytelling. Children are naturally intrigued by stories. Stories stir-up emotions and open children’s minds and imaginations to different cultures and beliefs. 

Storytelling is an integral part of any English lesson. It is an ideal way to introduce and practice new vocabulary; it promotes listening and comprehension skills, not to mention pronunciation.

However, storytelling with young language learners is hugely different to storytelling with native speakers. The obvious reason being – foreign students often have limited or no understanding of English. Consequently, children easily become alienated and switch off from stories especially if they feature complex storylines, vocabulary, rhyming verses or abstract illustrations.

Young children learn best when they feel emotionally connected to a story and actively interact with its characters. They understand the language better and remember it for longer. Therefore, choosing an appropriate story and helping it come “alive” in imaginative ways is key.

Another problem we teachers face is that not all of us are good storytellers. For some, it doesn’t come naturally, or it can feel strange and uncomfortable listening to our own voices speaking in front of large audiences.

If you want your storytelling to be compelling and instructive, and not just an improvised time-filler, it is important to learn basic storytelling techniques through drama.

If you can use drama as a teaching tool with the appropriate choice of story and roles, there is no reason why all children cannot get involved and experience success.

This masterclass provides practical solutions on how to unlock your creativity and become a more dynamic and engaging storyteller.

Topics Include: 

  • How to choose and adapt appropriate stories for non-native learners using drama
  • Become a captivating narrator, and get children excited about learning (voice technique and body language)
  • Bringing stories to life through role-playing and dramatization
  • Introducing storyboards, story-boxes and sensory bags
  • The art of teaching using Kamishibai Theatre
  • Developing your own Kamishibai stories for ESL



The Puppet Connection

Children are instinctively curious about puppets and engage with them spontaneously without inhibitions. Puppets, therefore become an invaluable tool to teaching young language learners, in particular shy or reluctant children.

At Kids English Theatre, we often use puppets, masks, and costumes in class to enhance storytelling, songs and games. Our aim is to ignite children's imaginations and make new language/vocabulary more memorable.

Puppets make powerful English communicators but teachers are often reluctant to use puppets in class. Generally because they’re confused how to integrate them “meaningfully” into language sessions but sometimes also because they feel embarrassed operating puppets and adopting goofy “puppet voices”.

To use puppets to teach English, you don’t need to be a professional actor or puppeteer, you can bring your puppets to life and thrill your audience by learning some simple theatrical strategies.


Teaching English Effectively with Music

Reading and writing skills are imperative for children learning a foreign language as are speaking skills, and that’s where music can be useful.

We forget that singing is the closest we get to speaking a language. Singing helps children masticate, practice, and memorize language in a fun and natural way. Action Songs introduce intonation, pronunciation, rhythm, and structure while movement and gestures help support language comprehension.

For new teachers, the thought of singing in front of an audience, albeit a young one, can seem terrifying at first, and even choosing a suitable song to teach in class can prove problematic for many inexperienced teachers.

This course also focuses on developing your confidence and overcoming any embarrassment by giving you plenty of opportunities to put into practice your new skills.

Topics include:

  • Choosing a teaching puppet
  • Getting to know and using the puppet
  • Songs and games with puppets
  • How to make a puppet on a low budget
  • Puppet scripts and stories
  • Puppet Theatre/Shadow puppet theatre
  • Story-telling with stick puppets

Topics Include:

  • How to structure your lessons around music
  • The DOs and DON’Ts of singing
  • Tips on selecting suitable songs for non-native speaking children of all ages
  • Active Songs, Rhymes, Chants, and Role-play Songs
  • A prepared teacher is a relaxed teacher


Prgramme details


Putting on a play can be a very positive and rewarding experience for young language learners because drama encourages children to express themselves freely without feeling judged and this is a great confidence booster.  

If you can use drama as a teaching tool with the appropriate choice of script and roles for language learners, all children will enjoy themselves and experience success.   

For many teachers, the word “performance”  immediately conjures up images of a polished, spectacularly impressive end-of-year production, and that can be overwhelming and discouraging for anyone.  

But plays can be made simple and practical even for teachers with no previous theatrical experience. In this course, we offer you expert tips and tricks on how to make your mini- theatre performances/sketches hassle free, professional looking, and enormously enjoyable for everyone involved!  

It is important to remember that you are not looking to transform children into award winning actors, but to help them have some fun, develop their communication and language skills, and show their parents how much they are learning English through drama. 

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Topics Include:     

  • Getting started
  • Where to perform
  • Choosing a Theme /Titles Plays
  • How to choose and adapt a script for young language learners
  • 10-minute sketches
  • Staging a play
  • How to make rehearsals run smoothly
  • Costumes, sets and prop ideas
  • Make-up Design and examples
  • Publicity
  • Backstage preparations on the day of performance



How to organise your own courses

You may think that starting up your own after school English Theatre courses is a costly business. You are right! Finding and renting a school every year, purchasing furniture and materials and paying for expensive publicity ads is very costly. Not to mention finding ways of getting your first students to sign up to your courses. It can all become too daunting and discouraging.

Wait! There is an easier and cheaper way

Learning through trial and error can be frustrating, time-wasting and expensive. This course has been created to give you peace of mind in developing the right skills and show you simple and cost effective ways of organising  your own courses straight away.

Topics Include:

  • How to organize your own Kids English Theatre courses
  • How to get more students
  • How to choose the right location and venue 
  • Insurance
  • Promotion tips
  • In school projects
  • Public relations
  • Costs per course
  • Classroom management
  • Trial lessons
  • Birthday parties and summer camp ideas

N.B. This course does not include bureaucratical issues relating to course set-up.


Mock Lesson Practice and Critiques boost your self-confidence and teach successfully.

One of the things that holds people back from pursuing their dreams of teaching children English using theatre is a fear of failure and the lack of self-confidence that is needed to overcome that fear. It is hard to be confident in yourself if you do not think you will do well at something.

It is therefore, important to plan and prepare well to build self-confidence and prepare for the unknown.

This course is designed to do just that – prepare you for your very first children’s English theatre courses. 

Participants will be asked to put together all the skills they have learned during the course and present mock teaching sessions that will in turn be discussed and critiqued by an expert. Skills include: lesson planning - voice technique - body language - creativeness - resourcefulness - playfulness - a touch of silliness - preparation and organisation - flexibility.   Each participant will be evaluated and receive individual feedback on their strengths and areas for development.

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Who are K.E.T. Certified Teachers?

Teachers who complete either the 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. 


Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 April, 2020
Saturday 23 - Sunday 24, May 2020
Saturday 6 June - Sunday 7 June, 2020

Where: New Staz Via Attavante, 5 - Florence, Italy


Price Euro 1.020,00* + iva (vat)

**Limited places available
*Excluding accommodation/meals etc

Participants are awarded a Certificate of Attendence. After completing the 3- Step Training Programme participants have the possibility to become a Kids English Theatre© Certified Teacher


If you are not entirely satisfied at the end of the first course day, we'll refund you for the full amount. no questions asked!

So what's stopping you? Now is the perfect time to apply for our next Teacher Training Course.

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