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  • Do you speak English?
  • Do you love theatre?
  • Do you love working with children?
  • Then why not combine all three in a unique teaching experience!
  • 5-Day English Drama Bootcamp 29th August - 2nd September 2022 in Florence, Italy

Join the ENGLISH DRAMA BOOTCAMP training course

English Drama Bootcamp - Overview

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

The 5-Day English Drama Bootcamp (organised by Kids English Theatre Teacher Training Academy©) provides a unique, turbocharged, and fun training experience for educators. You'll leave the course equipped with practical step-by-step strategies, that will guide you to teach young learners English through drama, movement, puppetry, and performance.

You’ll practice all the key levels of teaching children from 3-10 using the Kids English Theatre Method© – all in sunny Florence!

This is an intensive five-day course that centres on active training. Lessons are designed to facilitate and strengthen learning by using practical demonstrations and examples. You’ll learn how to organise and structure your lessons (including also Mummy & Me groups) and create imaginative, hands-on drama strategies you can apply in your ESL teaching immediately!

The result? Your theatrically charged lessons will boost your students' engagement and participation!

The 5-Day English Drama Bootcamp is specially formulated for a limited number of participants to guarantee an interpersonal experience and maximise your teaching potential

What is Kids English Theatre Teacher Training Academy©?

Kids English Theatre Teacher Training Academy© provides teacher training courses designed specifically for native and non-native English speakers who are highly proficient in the language. It’s for teachers who are strongly motivated to teach children but need professional support in developing and enhancing their teaching abilities.

Courses are open to both experienced and newbie English language teachers and provide a multitude of simple and practical steps on how to successfully teach young learners aged 3-10 years through drama and play.

You don’t need to be a professional teacher, theatre expert, or native English speaker to enrol and participate. And don’t worry – you won’t have to compete in a talent show!

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, puppetry, and performance to make English language learning a new and exciting experience for children of all ages and abilities.

Our focus is on creating confident language communicators.

Who is the Bootcamp for?

  • If you’re an experienced English language teacher looking for inspiration and original ideas to make your ESL classes simpler and more fun, this is a fantastic way to stimulate your students. Our content strategies and go-to activities will fit in well with your existing skillset.
  • If you’re new to the profession, you’ll also benefit from exploring and developing your understanding of teaching English through drama and play.
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So, if you’re looking to break free from your routine - or you want to swing into action with a fresh, modern approach - then you would benefit from how this course can kickstart the next step in your teaching career.

We’ll give you direction and guidance so that you’ll venture out into this new world perspective with confidence and competence.

How is The English Drama Bootcamp structured?

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5-DAY COURSE SCHEDULE

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DAY 1. - An Introduction to Becoming a Successful English Drama Teacher

Your first English lesson can be a scary experience, for your students and for you! Hitting the ground running by creating a strong first impression sends the right messages about trust, confidence, friendliness, and professionalism.

That’s why Day 1 explores the qualities of a good communicator, including:

  • Effective body language
  • Proper use of voice
  • The ability to foster a positive atmosphere
  • Knowledge of how to use play, humour, and laughter in the classroom
  • Public Speaking and control of nerves
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Day 2. Language Games and Drama Techniques

Every child is naturally curious. It drives them to learn, explore, and experiment, which is why kids are ideal language learners.

But children also have short attention spans. To overcome their difficulties with focus, Miranda will help you structure your lessons and manage your class in ways that help your students grow their interpersonal and emotional skills. You’ll learn multisensory approaches such as:

  • Drama activities
  • Language games
  • Using emotions as a language-learning tool
  • TPR – Total Physical Response
  • Roleplay and storytelling
  • Classroom management
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DAY 3. Storytelling, Puppets & Music

On Day 3, we’ll develop storytelling techniques such as effective vocal techniques, expression, and dramatization. We’ll also study storyboards, story boxes, sensory bags, and the art of teaching using Kamishibai Theatre.

Moreover, we’ll explore puppetry, which is particularly engaging for young children. It brings your stories to life and maintains your students’ engagement and enjoyment. You’ll learn everything you need to know about:

 

  • Puppet design and selection
  • Performing with character puppets
  • Songs and games
  • Scripts and stories
  • Puppet Theatre/Shadow theatre

Because music is such a powerful learning tool, we’ll also delve deeper into the power of song as a teaching technique by examining:

  • How to use music effectively in the classroom
  • 7-minute songs
  • Song selection, pronunciation and memorization
  • Story songs
  • Action songs, rhymes, and chants
  • Preparation, adaption, and problem-solving
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DAY 4. Staging a play

Taking part in a theatrical performance can be positive and rewarding for young language students. Drama encourages children to express themselves freely without feeling judged. It’s a great way to boost confidence and team-building skills.

But “performance” doesn’t have to mean polished or spectacularly impressive. Simple and practical shows work too! That’s why today focuses on ways to make your class theatre performances or sketches simple, professional, and rewarding. Our topics will include:

  • Performance space
  • Theme selection
  • Selecting and adapting a script
  • Comedy sketches
  • Staging and rehearsals
  • Costume and make-up design
  • Publicity and promotion
  • Final preparations
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DAY 5. Organising your own English Drama Courses

Take your English language teaching to the next level by starting an after-school program, but first, you’ll need to anticipate the common pitfalls of running an English Drama course. Topics will include:

  • Organising English Drama courses (including also Mummy & Me groups)
  • Attracting students
  • Location and venue
  • Promotion and PR
  • In-school projects
  • Pricing and trial lessons
  • Classroom management
  • Special event ideas

And as a finishing touch to the course, we have

A STORYTELLING Practice & Review Session

Whether you’re new to teaching or have been doing it for years, this practice lesson and helpful critique will allow you to test your ideas and newfound skills.

It feels good to overcome nerves and enjoy successes, which is why this safe environment is the perfect place to test your teaching mojo before venturing back out into the world.

Participants will be asked to use the skills they’ve learned during the course and present mock teaching sessions that will be discussed and critiqued by an expert who will evaluate your:

  • Lesson planning
  • Voice technique and body language
  • Creativeness, resourcefulness, and playfulness
  • Preparation, organisation, and flexibility

This course is for you if : 

You're thinking of starting a career

  • If you’re considering becoming an ESL drama teacher, what better way to experiment with new things than by taking the opportunity to make a positive impact on young lives? You can use your English Drama Bootcamp skills to organise an after-school program or summer camp, make birthday parties more fun, or offer your skills to playgroups. The world is your oyster!

You want to get more enjoyment from teaching

  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed or lack confidence in your work, this course’s tools and guidance will boost your enthusiasm and self-assurance.

You want to sharpen your skills

  • Learning through trial and error can be exhaustive and expensive. This course has been designed by Miranda Flynn Legge, an English Drama teacher trainer expert, to help you develop the right skill-set and grow professionally in the way you want.

You need a flexible program

  • The 5-day Bootcamp is designed to meet your specific professional needs and suit your work/personal schedule, regardless of your experience level or career goals.

Our training course paticipants are a diverse group of individuals from every corner of the world and all walks of life and experiences. They share one overarching goal: to make a difference in the lives of young language learners. Some are university graduates, some are native speakers, others are independent ESL (CELTA/TEFL) language teachers, nursery and primary school teachers, or language school directors/owners.

Some paticipants have no English language teaching experience but still share similar attributes, such as having a full understanding of the English language and a love of working with children. These pariticipants understand the value of using drama to develop language abilities in children and are fully committed to making a difference.

Since 2017, hundreds of teachers from across the globe have attended Kids English Theatre© teacher training courses. Our teacher "family" have come from France, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Tunisia, Bosnia, China, Taiwan, Israel, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Russia, Slovenia, India, Philippines, Australia, USA, South Africa, UK, Switzerland, Slovakia, Chile, Uruguay, Armenia, and Germany ­– and the numbers grow after each cycle.

Bootcamp Coach

Miranda Flynn Legge is an English through Drama expert and the founder of The Kids English Theatre Method©.

Miranda is a 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 emigrated to Italy and co-founded Catalyst Theatre Company in Florence. 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 thousands of children of all ages and abilities.

With over 25 years’ experience working as a professional actor, English language teacher, and drama coach, Miranda has seen first-hand the real advantages that theatre techniques can offer English language learners.

In 2004, she created “Teatro Inglese Per Bambini©”, a unique English and theatre after-school program for children ages 4 to 10 based in Florence, Italy. Miranda established the first ever Mummy & Me & SuperStar groups in Italy to adopt the Kids English Theatre Method© .

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"I believe that if a child’s first encounter with English is theatrical, active and fun, they will love language learning forever. This belief has been consolidated over the years by the parents and teachers that share with us how their children’s experience in our courses encourages them to be more expressive and confident communicating in English."

The Kids English Theatre Teacher Training Academy was founded in 2017. Since then, hundreds of language teachers from around the globe have completed K.E.T. Live & Online training courses.

Miranda's experience in teaching children using the Kids English Theatre Method© has shown her how children learn fastest and what they find most enjoyable.

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

Most importantly, all her exercises have been successfully tried and tested in the classroom. That’s why she can help you save time in structuring your lessons and guide you to develop ideas that will make your lessons creative and engaging straight away.

Miranda also participates in national and international conferences and university seminars for nursery and primary school educators, where she coaches others on how to apply theatre techniques to teaching English.

Who is the Course Not For?

This course is NOT for you:

If you’re looking for a traditional textbook-based learning experience.  

This is not a chalk-and-talk course. It does not include text manuals or slide presentations.

Instead, it offers an active learning approach.

Course topics are supported by walk-through practical demonstrations with Miranda

We want to increase your learning power by showing (and involving) you in exactly WHAT and HOW to deliver each activity, step-by-step, so you’re clear and super-confident when reproducing them in your own classes.

If you can’t dedicate your time and commitment:

The 5-Day Drama Bootcamp is designed to deliver life-long teaching strategies, but it takes commitment to learn them.

Miranda will guide and support you throughout the course but a key part of your theatrical journey is to take action, work as a team and put the techniques into practice.

Ready to delve into a new theatrical adventure?

The total course duration is 5-Days.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Student Spotlight Stories

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I have been teaching English to young learners since 2014 in Rome. I decided to do the training programme because I felt, being completely self-taught, a bit lonely in my field and I definitely needed a boost of energy and ideas.

I decided to join the K.E.T. Training Programme as it seemed like how Miranda taught was exactly my style of teaching.  It was like I had gaps in my understanding of this profession I love to do and I felt like I needed to join the pieces together to become a better teacher.

My biggest problem was the organisation of the content of the classes, looking at the big picture and organising a plan for the year for each different age group and class.  Continuation and repetition is important for young learners, so instead of jumping from one category to another (colours, numbers, food, furniture etc.)  , giving the lessons a theme and a path to follow helped me tremendously.

One of the most handy skills I have learnt from Miranda which I didn’t have before I attended the programme is definitely the puppet and story-telling techniques which I have fully incorporated into my classes.

Laura Leigh Sampedro (Fun in English)

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Before taking part in the course, I had taught ESL and EFL to young learners for some years. However, I felt something was missing. Besides, there was something I didn't like in the way language schools or some suggested lesson plans encouraged us, teachers, to do in the classroom, and I was looking for answers and new ideas.

It wasn't easy to engage all learners. I tried to do so by changing activities and trying to please all learning styles. But it wasn't enough. I wanted to become a better teacher, I wanted to help children learn more, and I wanted to have "magical" lessons.

I loved the 5-day course in all parts.

If I had to choose, I would say that storytelling and the music &  performance modules were mesmerising to me.

However, the last module about managing the courses and shows was essential to understand better how to create my product and try to sell it.

They have given me the chance to show my potential as a teacher and make children smile and have fun.

Even and especially during the Covid19 lockdown, I think all skills that I learnt gave me an extra push because I immediately offered online sessions. I tried to add an element of surprise in our online sessions, too. I tried to use both physical props, music and sounds to engage learners and offer a multi-sensorial lesson. And it worked!

Children and parents enjoyed it, and I made my best to give learners a set routine and a happy and fun moment.

Letizia Polidori Rossi

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My name is Abir, I am Tunisian. After I graduated Art university I started working in a private language school for adults.

I really loved teaching and my students  always said that I was a good teacher but I wasn't happy,  I wanted to do something different but I wasn't sure what.

I had some trouble in my job, I couldn't get along with some colleagues so I quit my job.

One day I decided to launch my own language school. I thought that once I started, I would reach my goal and I would be happy but no, my situation got worse, my thoughts were scattered.

I tried to do a lot of research on how to teach with your way, I wasn't sure about what I was doing, I was improvising

Thanks to your (5-day) course I’ve become more confident, organised and I know what I’m doing.

Drama skills did not only change my way of teaching but also my way I see my future. I have discovered my talent for storytelling which I want to develop.

Your teaching way, your ideas, your generosity, your great empathy and your beautiful smile, made me believe in fulfilling my dream-

After I came back, I’ve had many offers from many places in Tunisia ( I even had an offer to teach in a place 300  kilometres far from where I live and another place that is 65 kms away)

I believe I have great potential to be a good kids English theatre in Tunisia

Abir Ayadi 

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To follow your course was professionally (I say it without exaggeration,) one of the best decisions of my life.

I landed in a fresh and full of enthusiasm environment and meeting other freelancers involved in this job gave me new energies. I am still in touch with the other girls and we exchange advice, suggestions, ideas, doubts.

We support each other on professional issues and sometimes on private ones. In short, we have become girlfriends!

(The 5-day) course has helped me organize that scrappy and vast baggage of information and activities accumulated over the years and gave me a method that has allowed me to free myself from manual schemes giving me much more confidence.

I had a wonderful experience on the island of Procida in a public school where I received many compliments for my personality and the appeal of my courses on the kids. They called me again for this year.

Naples is a wonderful but difficult city speaking about jobs and career but here is my point of view: I take the pros and cons choosing to reinvent myself and be constantly updated. Thanks to the success of my last year's course, they have also offered me a project of bilingualism and storytelling in the school where I currently work.

So I would say that the course was great to me!!!

Thanks because with your charm and enthusiasm you were a great source of inspiration to me.

Valentina De Fraia 

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Testimonials

More Teacher Comments

The most amazing, hands on, practical and informative teacher training that I have ever participated in. Miranda not only knows her stuff but is so willing to share. I feel I have been given permission to "shine". Thank you 🙂

~ Tory Chavand 

You have exceeded my expectations. So skilled, clear, professional, emphatic, energetic, joyful, lively and inspiring. Thanks again for the awesome training week. Keep us updated for what’s next. 😘 all the best 💪🏻

~ Nadia Marangon  

Thank YOU Miranda for being so motivating! You’ve inspired us all and as far as I’m concerned it was the most “intensive” week of my life, but I’d do it again starting next Monday 😂
I’m missing you already and I feel blessed for having been part of this incredible experience ❤️

~ Sara Di Crescenzio

Is it even worth doing for the second time ? Absolutely yes 👍👍I DID 😊😊thank you Miranda 😘

~ Valeria Spreafico

Thank you Miranda ❤️The support and the knowledge you gave to us was miracle and amazing love u so much

~ Manjula Lelwala 

 Amazing experience!!!!! Loved every bit of it!! Thank you Miranda for sharing your theatrical expertise!!!💗

~ Jane Pansalfini

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5-Day English Drama Bootcamp 

29th August - 2nd September 2022 in Florence, Italy

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Price: Euro 950.00 + iva (vat) - SPECIAL PRICE 20% DISCOUNT - Limited time only

Euro 760.00 + iva (vat)
  • An immersive development program designed to give you out-of-the-box solutions to teaching children
  • Newcomers receive accelerated teacher training, and experienced teachers learn a new skillset via a proven “learning by doing” study method
  • Personal guidance and mentorship from Miranda Flynn Legge, an internationally recognised leader and expert in teaching English through Drama
  • 100% Money back guarantee. If you’re not entirely satisfied with the course at the end of Day-1 you'll be refunded
  • A "face-to-face" focused environment to accelerate learning. You’ll join the Kids English Theatre family and learn, collaborate and be supported by an exclusive group of like-minded teachers. Limited places available.
  • N.B Course fee excludes transport, accommodation, meals etc