ELT workshops: teaching English to young learners

NOTE Due to the current coronavirus emergency, the remainder of this series will be online at dates to be confirmed

About the 2019/20 series

A series comprising 8 two-hour sessions, held on Friday mornings from 10.00 to 12.00, for those teaching English to young learners.

Participants may enrol for all eight sessions, or for individual workshops.

Teachers attending the whole course of eight sessions will receive a certificate at the end of the course. Certificates will not be issued for single sessions.


Next session

Low on resources, full of ideas

YL Session 6 — Friday March 13, 2020 with Lottie Harrison, 10.00-12.00

NEW DATE to be confirmed

Fed up with relying on technology? Don’t have any in your classroom? Tired of spending hours creating something you use for 10 minutes? Or are you just worried about what to do during a power cut?

If you answered yes to one or more of these, then this is the session for you. We will look at ideas for teaching different levels with low, or no, resources and come up with ideas for both individual lessons and across a course.

Putting the YL world into exam classes

YL Session 7 — Friday March 27, 2020 with Helen Armstrong, 10.00-12.00

NEW DATE to be confirmed

Do you find teaching exam preparation classes with teenagers a bit of an uphill struggle sometimes? The need to do as much exam practice as possible and cover topics which can appear irrelevant to YL students doesn't always tie in to our idea of an engaging lesson.

This workshop we will give you several tried-and-tested activities to take straight to your exam classes which will engage students, making it feel more about them and motivating them in exam preparation.

Project-based learning (Primary and Teens)

YL Session 8 — Friday April 24, 2020 with Maria Badia, 10.00-12.00

NEW DATE to be confirmed

What is it? How can we integrate it into our courses where parents have invested in expensive course books, classes are multi-levelled and planning time is limited?

This session will demystify the components of project based learning and provide project ideas for teens and primary students (starters and above) as well as giving you opportunities to exchange your own ideas with other teachers.


Previous sessions in this series

Classroom management

YL Session 1 — Friday November 22, 2019 with Helen Armstrong, 10.00-12.00

Many teachers, both new and experienced, can feel overwhelmed when teaching younger learners as we know it's a whole different world to teaching adults.

In this workshop we will be looking at classroom management techniques in the YL classroom, with ways to engage your students, focusing on the importance of routines and a reward system. Helen will demonstrate some practical ideas to make the learning and teaching experience in the YL classroom fun and stress-free.

Managing dyslexia in the classroom – enhancing learning and confidence

YL Session 2 — Friday December 13, 2019 with Naomi McLatchie, 10.00-12.00

Did you know that up to 10% of people are dyslexic? What does this mean for the language classroom? How can you help your dyslexic students to shine?

This session will look at some simple ways to make your classroom practice not only more inclusive for dyslexic students, but for all students. Ways to adapt simple teaching and learning resources will be discussed and explored. Multi-sensory learning and free online resources will be shown. The overall aim will be to equip teachers with practical ways of enhancing dyslexic students' confidence; enabling students to achieve their best in the language classroom.

Creative ways to teach writing

YL Session 3 — Friday January 24, 2020 with Alicja Byrska, 10.00-12.00

Teaching writing skills in this digital world can be a daunting task for ESL teachers. Students often see it as a chore, and the least "fun" activity in their English lesson.

However, our students need to develop good writing skills in English to communicate in both social and academic contexts. They need to develop and improve their writing skills for their school studies and English exams.

In this workshop, we will look at some different activities before- while- and after- writing to make writing more fun and engaging for the learners. These activities are suitable for teenagers of all levels and will make our students see writing as a useful productive skill and an enjoyable task!

Driven to distraction; understanding and supporting students with ADHD

YL Session 4 — Friday February 14, 2020 with Tamara McNicol, 10.00-12.00

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder; population surveys show that around 5% of children and 3% of adults meet ADHD diagnostic criteria*. Almost all teachers will encounter students with ADHD but many may not know what the associated behaviours are or how to respond to them, which can lead to frustration for both students and staff.

This workshop is for anyone who would like to better understand ADHD and will focus on how we can support affected students in the language classroom with positive psychology and practical ideas.

*(Professor Phillip Asherson, Kings College London/ADHD Europe, 2018).

The Power of Storytelling

YL Session 5 — Friday February 28, 2020 with Pere Cortiella, 10.00-12.00

In this workshop we'll be looking at many different ways to exploit narratives in the Young Learner classroom and use them to maximize students' learning experience (ages 3-10).

From using storybooks and short films, to creating characters and dialogues with online apps and making up our own action stories, we will explore some of the endless possibilities of storytelling in the classroom.


Book your place

Discounts are available for other language schools making group bookings and for ex-IH Barcelona trainees. Please contact us for further details.

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AlicjaAlicja Byrska
Alicja is a teacher and CELTA trainer. She has been a teacher for 15 years and has taught young learners, teenagers and adults in Poland, England, China and now Spain. She currently teaches teenagers and adults on exam preparation courses at IH Mataró. Her experience as a teacher and teacher trainer in different contexts allows her for better understanding and adaptability to different learners’ needs.


HelenHelen Armstrong
Helen started her ELT career in Rome in 2003 before returning to the UK to work in EAP at a UK university.

She now lives in Spain and has experience teaching general English, exam preparation classes and teaching young learners.

She was ADOS at IH Madrid before coming to Barcelona. She has been a CELTA course tutor since 2013 and has tutored on courses in the UK and in Madrid as well as Barcelona.


MariaMaria Badia
Maria has been an educational coordinator at IH Terrassa for two years and has been teaching English for eight years. She has completed the Cambridge Delta Modules 1 and 2, IH CAM, IH VYL, IH BESD. Her principle interests are frameworks for maintaining student motivation, managing multi-level classes, behavioural issues, teachers' well-being and developing learner and teacher autonomy.


NaomiNaomi McLatchie
Naomi has been teaching teenagers for over twenty years both in the TEFL world and the mainstream classroom. During the last 15 years she has taught 12 to 18 year olds in Barcelona, preparing them for public exams and pre-University entrance tests. She believes in creating learning around the real-life skills that teenage students require, whilst following the thematic interests that teenagers bring to the classroom.


PerePere Cortiella
Pere has taught English to children, teens and adults for over 12 years, specializing in young learners in several different schools in the Barcelona area. He is the coordinator for Young Learners at ICCIC, runs many teacher training courses for the Generalitat de Catalunya.


TamaraTamara McNicol
Tamara has been enjoying teaching English to children, teens and adults for over a decade. She currently works as the academic manager and a teacher trainer at International House Terrassa. She loves laughing with her students, phrasal verbs and figuring out ways of making life in the classroom easier for everyone.

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