Join the ENGLISH DRAMA TOOLBOX training course
What is The English Drama Toolbox© ?
The English Drama Toolbox© (Fall/Winter Edition) is an online training course packed with a snowfall of fresh, seasonal content to help take the stress out of teaching young English-language (ESL) learners.
The course’s unique, ready-made, time-tested resources are organised to meet your teaching needs. You can apply them in a flash, whether you’re teaching regular classes, after-school programs, or holiday camps during this special season.
The Toolbox is your go-to ESL Drama Kit, bursting with instant activities to engage your students (aged 6-10 years) and bring the frosty magic of autumn and winter into your teaching. A blend of Drama-Breakers, Language-Builders, Creators and Performers focus on boosting students’ communication skills and meeting their different learning styles.
The course is structured in 4 stages over 4 weeks (plus an extra 4 weeks of review time) and follows The English Drama Toolbox Roadmap©
It’s a combination of
- pre-recorded video lessons,
- PDF resources,
- MP3 Audio Files - Storytelling & Chants (Received Pronunciation - RP British English Accent)
- and weekly live coaching sessions hosted by the course coach, Miranda Flynn Legge.
- It also includes a private Facebook pop-up group where members get exclusive access to – and guidance, mentorship and support – from Miranda.
Walk-through video lessons are practical and “mumbo-jumbo-free”. You’ll learn quickly and see exactly how to implement the activity and manage your class successfully.
It’s a theatrical rollercoaster ride that provides you with a unique skillset and mindset you won’t find anywhere else.
Here we get to the core of the practicalities of teaching English through drama. You’ll end up with multiple TOOLS to prepare you for whatever your English lessons throw at you.
An important aspect of the course is that the video lessons are quick and easy to follow. They’re designed specifically for super-busy teachers. These are convenient, one-stop time-saving solutions. Just pick one and go! You’ll save time on studying and planning AND make a positive impact on your students. It’s a win-win situation.
Get ready for sparkling adventures in ESL teaching!
Why Do I Need The "Drama Toolbox"?
Planning and diversifying lesson content is a challenge that every teacher faces every day.
Children learn in different ways and have different learning styles. The key to keeping them motivated and learning effectively is continually introducing fresh activities that stimulate all their senses.
But who has the time to constantly create tantalizing new lesson content when there are only so many hours in the day? You’re too busy teaching!
What happens is that teachers often resort to REUSING the same activities over and over. Done repeatedly, it becomes routine and switches children off from learning.
The English Drama Toolbox© (Fall /Winter Edition) training course is designed to save you time and solve your lesson content struggles.
The aim of the training is to provide you with a toolbox full of practical English teaching resources you can use with young students, whether you’re teaching a class, an after-school program, or at a holiday camp.
These tools will transform your teaching and give you confidence and clarity to use drama to teach English.
You'll discover inside:
Video lessons are quick and easy to learn. They are designed specifically for super busy teachers. These are one stop time saving solutions. - you just pick and go! So you save time studying, save time planning AND make a positive impact on your students.
The English Drama Toolbox© is designed to solve all your lesson planning struggles:
This course is for you if
Who Participates ?
Our training course members 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 members 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 members 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 teachers have come from France, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Tunisia, Bosnia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Israel, Argentina, Austria, Turkey, Peru, Brazil, Russia, Thailand, Slovenia, Hungary, India, Czech Republic, Philippines, Australia, USA, South Africa, UK, Switzerland, Slovakia, Chile, Uruguay, Armenia, South Korea, Mexico and Germany – and the numbers grow after each cycle.
Who is the Course Not For?
This course is NOT for you:
If you’re looking for a traditional textbook/worksheet-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 video demonstrations with Miranda and the K.E.T. Cut-Out-Kids.
We want to increase your learning power by showing you 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 4-Week course is designed to deliver life-long teaching strategies, but it takes commitment to learn them.
Miranda’s weekly Live Mentoring Sessions will guide and support you throughout the course, but a key part of your theatrical journey is to take action and put the techniques into practice right away. This way, you'll make the progress you need, and you'll make it fast. If you feel you can't dedicate time to the course at this moment, we recommend waiting until your schedule is free.
The total course access duration is 8 weeks, comprising a 4-week course and an additional 4 weeks for review
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© .
"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 following our method 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 stories, 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.
What you'll find inside The English Drama Toolbox©
The English Drama Toolbox© training course is designed to save you time and solve your lesson content struggles.
The aim of the training is to provide you with a toolbox brimming with practical English teaching resources to use with young students, whether you’re teaching a class, an after-school program, or at a holiday camp.
You’ll be immersed in teaching young learners aged 5-10 years using theatre-based activities.
You'll follow The English Drama Toolbox Roadmap©, which consists of 4 Stage Modules. Pre-recorded Stage Modules are released weekly to allow you to stay focused on one step each week and give you time to absorb and implement the content.
If you're busy teaching and happen to miss a step, don’t worry – you’ll have an extra 4 weeks after the course ends to review and catch up at your own pace.
The program is provided online through a members-only website. You can follow the syllabus remotely from the comfort of your own home and when it suits your schedule. It’s optimized for any mobile device, so you can also learn on the go.
Printable Teacher Resource Materials (PDF Files) are provided in each module stage. They include flashcards, teacher lesson planner, classroom decor, monster motivators, seasonal rewards, original festive stories, story cards, combined with audio files, season (fall/winter)-themed puppet and headdress templates, chants, make-your-own puppet theatre, and unique scripts for seasonal Variety Show Comedy Skits.
MP3 Audio Files - are also included in the Toolbox, which provides storytelling and chant narrations performed in Received Pronunciation (RP) British English Accent
The course includes pre-recorded video lessons, PDF resource materials, MP3 audio files, and weekly Live Mentoring Sessions hosted by Miranda in an exclusive Facebook members community where she mentors, guides, supports, and monitors the group’s daily progress and development.
The total course access duration is 8 weeks, comprising a 4-week course and an additional 4 weeks for review
TOOLBOX COURSE MODULES
STAGE ONE - MODULE
Drama-Breakers: A turbo fusion of drama ice-breakers, movement, and memory games that invigorate lessons. Includes multiple “lesson openers” that focus on releasing the student’s energies and encouraging them to interact and connect spontaneously with fellow students in English!
STAGE TWO - MODULE
Language-Builders: A myriad of stimulating linguistic, teambuilding and storytelling activities to stir your student’s emotions and boost their communication skills. The lessons have a strong focus on strengthening language and vocabulary. They challenge and celebrate students’ memory recall, increase their concentration skills, and spark their imaginations.
STAGE THREE - MODULE
Creators: A festive wonderland of arts, crafts, chants, paper puppets, theatre and plays created just for you. They’re aimed to educate and delight. These unique activities create memorable literacy-based experiences for young learners. They’re simple and always get students involved in making and performing.
The language exercises use visual aids and theatre props (all of which have been tried and tested in classrooms for their educational and fun factor). They are unique, physically engaging, and textbook-free.
STAGE FOUR - MODULE
Performers: Super-easy and stress-free ways to showcase your students’ language skills. If you’re under pressure to prepare a school play and panic at the idea, you’ll love this content made for you! It includes the funniest assortment of simple scripted ESL comedy scripts (exclusive to Kids English Theatre) that will have your students and audiences in stitches. No more bargaining or negotiating with students to get them to perform on stage. They’ll be falling over each other to get up there and act these skits out. Say goodbye to complicated, long, boring play scripts and HELLO to (seasonal) variety show comedy skits.
What you'll learn by the end of the course
These course tools will revolutionise your teaching. They will leave you super confident and clear on using drama and creative play to teach English
What you'll take home:
Are you ready to turbocharge your ESL teaching? join us to unlock an exciting world of interactive language learning!
Frequently Asked Questions
Student Spotlight Stories
Exactly one year ago, I decided I was going to teach English to children. Over the last couple of years, I used to organize English storytelling for kids and during one of them, last year, I was asked if I could teach on a regular basis.
And I said, why not?
But I didn't have any teaching method, as I didn't study to be a teacher so I started searching for tips and inspiration on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, everywhere. I came across your Insta profile and that was it: I realized that that was the method for me!
So, in November I started my class, along with your online training and I said to myself I was giving it a year: if it didn't work at least I tried!
Six months later this is what I have:
- a class of 35 kids (3 to 5 y.o.) in a private kindergarten
- a class of 16 kids (6 to 10 y.o.) after school programme
- a private group of 6 kids (3 to 8 y.o)
- private lessons at home
I have been using all the activities you showed during the training and I also followed the Summer Edition Toolbox; I had a lot of struggles with class management but with your tips I did it!
So last week I did the final show with the afterschool kids and the big group of 35 and it was a huge success! All the parents were so happy and gave me amazing feedback!
So, the private kindergarten asked me if I want to be an effective part of their teaching programme next year and I am going to do the Summer Camp with them in July! I am so excited!!!!
Seems I am going to be a teacher for a long time! And I love it!
My name is Tina Kranidiotou, and I'm from the island of Samos in Greece.
I started teaching English in my ex-teacher's Language School and eventually opened my own Language School in 1994. It started small, but over time my son and daughter joined me in the family business.
I've always wanted to be a great teacher, and I've always wanted my own students to remember our time together fondly, even if they don't become fluent speakers of English.
However, there were a few challenges I faced in my teaching career. One of them was my fear of speaking in public, which made it difficult to organize events with parents.
I also had trouble keeping my very young students interested in every lesson and managing the behaviour of some of my older, bored students.
Then, I discovered Miranda's Academy and started watching her videos on YouTube. When the English Drama Toolbox Course was announced, I decided to give it a go.
It was one of the best decisions I ever made for my teaching career.
The English Drama Toolbox Course was amazing, and I loved everything about it. I tried some of the ideas with my students and they loved them.
The skits, in particular, were beyond my expectations. I was so close to the end-of-year celebration and had been looking for something funny and simple for my students to learn, with easy props and costumes.
Then, I watched all the skits in one night and knew I had found what I was looking for.
My students loved the skits and learned their parts quickly. Even the very young ones learned an alphabet chant by heart.
However, the biggest challenge was still to come: appearing in front of parents.
I had always avoided it in the past. But with Miranda's encouragement to get out of my comfort zone, I finally did it. I acted out a chant with my young ones, did four skits, and played treasure hunt with all the students in front of more than 150 parents.
I am so proud of myself for overcoming my fears, even at the age of 52. I owe it all to Miranda for broadening my horizons and giving me the boost I needed. Thank you so much, Miranda, from the bottom of my heart!
Me and my students are so lucky to have met you. We're already organizing things for the next school year, and I can't wait to see what other adventures lie ahead!
Since 2018, I've been working as a kindergarten teacher in China, teaching both regular classes and a supplemental class called Sing Song. I absolutely love working with children and teaching English, and as a former singer, I decided to combine all three in my Sing Song class to create a fun and effective learning experience for my students.
But after teaching the same material for a few years, I needed some new inspiration. That's when I came across the English Drama Toolbox.
I had already watched many of Miranda's teaching videos on YouTube, and I was amazed at all the great ideas she had. The way she taught lessons made it easy for kids to understand and enjoy themselves at the same time, which was exactly what I wanted to achieve in my own classroom.
By using many of Miranda's teaching ideas, I found that my students loved them and responded really positively. It was like magic!
The English Drama Toolbox was a perfect fit for me, too. Being based in China, it's often difficult for me to participate in live programs from the US or Europe, due to time zone differences and scheduling conflicts.
But the course allowed me to work at my own pace and learn when it suited me best.
I've been able to use many of the ideas from the course with other classes over time, but the most helpful for me were the chants and props. My students loved the chants and learned them really quickly, which was a great tool to get them speaking English in a short amount of time. The drama skits were also a favourite of mine.
What's great about the course is that my fundamental teaching style remains consistent, providing stability for the children, the classroom, and the school. However, the new material and lessons have brought in fresh approaches and experiences that the children love.
Last week our school held the annual competition ‘SUPER ENGLISH SPEAKERS’. 10 of my children participated in the event. Miranda, I am happy to tell you that 5 of my children from my after-school class bagged the prize as 1st and 2nd placers. As an entry piece for the contest, I gave them your famous BUTTERFLY CHANT, THE BEE CHANT AND THE FLOWER CHANT. We also used all your props ideas, they all won…a big thanks to you Miranda.
Arcy Maricel Beron
English Drama Toolbox Members Area
What Teachers Say About Kids English Theatre Training Courses
Online Academy Member Comments
...The whole course was one of the best experiences of my life.
It helped me feel even more confident as a teacher and for sure it will be a never ending and fruitful inspiration for my teaching future.
Thank you, Miranda, for making it possible for us and all of you wonderful teachers for sharing the experience with you.
~ Anna Brudkiewicz (Poland)
…Can you imagine my excitement when I read your email about an online training academy?
Now I have finished the course I feel blessed to be part of your academy with other teachers! Miranda I have to say you are one of a kind. So generous, supportive, polite, funny and most of all professional! I learnt so many things and I became more confident and much more creative! I can’t thank you enough!!
~ Helen Dougekou (Greece)
Thank you so much Miranda Legge for taking us by the hand going together you on an exciting journey of theatricality. I am grateful to have been part of it! Big hugs from Mexico.
~ Anja Schwarzbach (Mexico)
The course was such a life changer for me
I didn’t have the possibility to attend the course in Italy in the past so I was so happy to see Miranda opening an online edition! And for sure I’m going to be there in Florence when it’s finally possible! It was also so fantastic and motivating at the same time to see so many people with that great energy for teaching.
~ Anna Bekier (Poland)
Thank you so much Miranda Legge for the amazing gift of your knowledge and the experience and thank you all of you lovely teachers for giving me again hope there is a cure for monolingualism! And that is through drama,as our great teacher says: be theatrical.
~ Inés A. McCahearty
Miranda, you are one of a kind. Your professionalism is admirable and your zest is contagious.
I would gladly redo your course again and again!
Thank you for making me a member of this wonderful theatrical family along with so many creative colleagues from all over the world.
~ Evi Karydi (Greece)
I started using the Kids English Theatre method this summer, right after I completed the course, and I have to say it has been a huge success 🙂
Many of the kids who attended in the summer are now signing up for our after school courses.
I've had trial lessons with 4-5 and 6-7 year-olds this week which were really successful so now I'm about to start planning my lessons with them.
~ Zdravka Georgieva (Bulgaria)
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More Teacher Comments
My trial lesson for a mini-group went great, kids had fun and were amazed by all the activities!! I followed the trial lesson plan which you gave us. And they want to continue with the whole 3 months´s course!
I am so grateful and happy that I could be part of this amazing course! For me, it was the best investment ever. I just love the way you teach kids, your ideas, energy and enthusiasm. And that is highly infectious.
And I am so happy that I´m already involving the theatrical ideas from our course into practice (for now only for individual online lessons), but 4.10 I´m starting my first mini-group offline. Hurray!!!
~ Tatàna Navrkalovà (Czech Republic)
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
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
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
Kids English Theatre Drama ToolBox
Fall / Winter Edition
ENROLLMENTS OPEN from October 9th to 14th, 2023.
Course Start Date: Monday 16, October 2023
2023 Exclusive Special Offer 50% Discount (Full Price Euro 630)
- Exclusive Access to 4-Stage Video Modules Released Weekly
- 70 PLUS Video Lessons and Demonstrations
- Teacher Resource Materials (Printable PDF Files) include flashcards, lesson planner, classroom décor, motivationals, rewards, original festive stories, chants, MP3 audio files, puppets, templates and theatre, along with unique scripts for seasonal Variety Show Comedy Skits.
- Weekly LIVE Q&A and Mentoring Sessions where Miranda Flynn Legge guides, supports and monitors group progress and development
- Exclusive Access to the Online Members' Community, away from the noise and distractions of the web. The private Facebook Group is a place where you can meet like-minded teachers from around the world, share your progress, and get support.
- Total 8-Week Program Access
- Access to Member Area from PC, Tablet or Smart Phone
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