Posts Tagged ‘English teacher training’
What teachers say about Kids English Theatre Teacher Training
What teachers say…… a few comments and experiences from this September’s 5-Day Intensive Teacher Training Course.Read More
The Power of Praise and Encouragement
I have to laugh when parents sometimes tell me “ Miranda, I’m sending my child to you because he/she hates English!” Thanks very much! It’s not ideal starting sessions surrounded by frightened little faces, who already have preconceived negative vibes about language learning. But, when it happens and I know I have a tiny window…Read More
Singing with young language learners
A question I often ask teachers is “do you sing in class?” Answers vary… 🗣 “Perhaps, if there’s time at the end of the lesson” 🗣“No, I’m a terrible singer!” 🗣“Yes, but I sing the same old songs” 🗣“I’m too embarrassed to sing” 🗣“I only sing songs with very young learners. Older kids get bored” 🗣“No,…Read More
Why do English lessons flop?
Have you ever prepared an activity for your children based on what you’ve read somewhere or seen someone do? But when you introduce it, it completely FLOPS?😢 Why is that? A lot comes down to how we communicate. I often see teachers with impressive qualifications, knowledge and experience but with something fundamental missing: Effective communication…Read More
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear… English Drama Game
This afternoon I’m teaching a new (mixed level) group of 7-8 year- olds.🇬🇧🇬🇧 Some have already participated in my Mummy & Me courses and are therefore more confident speakers while others are completely new to Drama and English and are a bit apprehensive about what to expect (quite understandably so). If you are starting with a…Read More
Teaching children English is tough!
Contrary to what most people believe – teaching children a foreign language is 1000 times more complicated than teaching adults. I too once thought “Kids? An hour lesson? Yeah, I can do that, no problem! Some paper, a few crayons and I’ll have them doing worksheets and colouring-in pages, simple!”👍👌 How wrong I was. After…Read More
How to teach children English through role-play
One of the most challenging aspects of teaching children English is getting them to speak spontaneously and without embarrassment. But how do we that? ROLE-PLAYING offers children multiple opportunities to “try-out” fun roles and situations like at the restaurant, at the doctors, at the market –in a safe and supportive setting before they try them…Read More
Can a ball help teach children English?
Looking for fresh ideas to teach young language learners? Try a big soft squidgy ball to: – Surprise – Motivate – Involve – Break the ice – Introduce new language – Review – Make learning fun and memorable Check out the video for some ideas. Resources: FREE E-Book “Teach Children English Through Drama- 4 Steps…Read More
Do you ever feel you’re teaching on autopilot?
Do you ever feel you’re teaching on autopilot? Do you find yourself repeating the same old activities over and over? Are you too busy teaching – to plan lessons? You’re not alone. It’s no easy task preparing lessons that guarantee children will stay focused and motivated. And unfortunately, there is no “go to” secret to…Read More
ENGLISH DRAMA GAME OF THE WEEK – Rooms of the House
ENGLISH DRAMA GAME OF THE WEEK Introducing young learners to the Rooms of the House can be a tricky topic. Children often get the rooms and pronunciation all mixed-up and I don’t blame them – I would too! Bathroom – Bedroom Dining room- Sitting room …..arghhh!!!😫😱 Here’s a surprisingly simple MIME game to help children…Read More