ELT workshops: teaching English to young learners

About the 2018/19 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.

Young Learners Workshops

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.

The current series, shown below, has now ended. Information on the next series, which will begin in November 2019, will be available in September.


Games and communicative activities to develop phonological awareness

YL Session 1 — Friday November 9, 2018 with Lola, 10.00-12.00

The objective of this workshop is to explore the implementation of practical activities, techniques and strategies that help students develop phonological awareness, and therefore comprehension, communication and literacy skills. This workshop is also aimed at teachers who have students with language-based specific learning needs such as dyslexia. We will take a look at useful online resources that meet the workshop's objectives.

Creative ways to teach grammar in Primary

YL Session 2 — Friday November 23 with Lola, 10.00-12.00

The development of functional language aids in the improvement of our students' receptive and productive skills. Learners need scaffolding and functional language for communication, and it's beneficial for them to be made aware of the structures and vocabulary needed to express their ideas clearly. One of the most effective ways is working on structural awareness through the implementation of communicative games.

Practical communicative activities that help students develop productive skills for written and oral communication

YL Session 3 — Friday December 14 with Lola, 10.00-12.00

The objective of this workshop is to look at some practical ways, strategies, techniques and collaborative activities to help students produce written and spoken language in a scaffolded way. We will also analyse examples from the classroom and explore online resources.

Exploring approaches and planning a series of young learner lessons

YL Session 4 — Friday January 18, 2019 with Alicja, 10.00-12.00

In this session, we will look at different approaches that can be used in class to help young learners to experience English. After critical analysis and demonstration of some of the more currently popular approaches, we will see how various styles and approaches can be threaded together to make a cohesive whole.

By the end of the session, we will have had an opportunity to plan a series of appropriately varied lessons for a particular group of learners (traditional grammar, project work, story-based activities, task-based, CLIL, TPR, topic-based programs and drama-based activities).

Using storybooks to develop cross-curricular learning in the classroom

YL Session 5 — Friday February 22 with Rhiannon, 10.00-12.00

Ever read a story to students and wondered what to do next? Not sure how to unlock the potential of picture books?

This practical workshop will explore ways to exploit storybooks to encourage interest and curiosity in learning through different subjects.

  Age group: 6-10 year olds

Exploiting authentic materials for successful teen classes

YL Session 6 — Friday March 15 with Naomi, 10.00-12.00

What did your teenage students do at school today? We sometimes forget that teenagers study diverse and varied subjects during their school day. Why not bring this knowledge into your own classroom? This session will look at making your classes for teens become more dynamic and relevant to teenagers’ lives. The approach is project based and can be adapted to all levels. There will be practical examples related to the environment, films and creating a science fair.

Lesson-saving strategies and activities

YL Session 7 — Friday March 29 with Mark, 10.00-12.00

Lessons don't always go to plan. For all manner of reasons teachers have to improvise in class: equipment can fail, students' interest may be lacking or perhaps there's an unexpected need for extra practice.

In this session, we look at a range of lesson-saving strategies and activities that can be pulled out of your teacher's hat at any moment, whatever the situation. They require no preparation, no photocopies or extra resources. It's just you, the students and the classroom.

Getting the most out of your course book

YL Session 8 — Friday April 26 with Pere, 10.00-12.00

For better or worse, we all have to deal with course books at some point or another. In this session we will look at different types of coursebooks that are out there, exploring many different ways in which we can exploit its resources to encourage communicative dynamics in our classes. We will discover other ways to make use of them in class in order to enrich our students' learning experience ensuring that coursebook time is never a boring part of the lesson.

  Age group: 6-10 year olds

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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LolaLola Garay
Lola has been a teacher and a teacher trainer for 15 years. She teaches in a social educational project; writes, adapts and evaluates materials and books for various educational publishing houses. She has spoken at national and international conferences including TESOL, APAC, APPI Portugal and Flipped Classroom Europe, among others.

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.

RhiannonRhiannon Cackett
Rhiannon has been working in education for over 20 years in a variety of settings, from museums and galleries to schools and street markets. She is the coordinator of a language programme for 6 - 9 year olds at an international school in Switzerland. She delivers inhouse workshops for teachers at IH BCN where she teaches young learners, teens and adults.

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.

MarkMark Ormerod
Mark is an EFL teacher specialising in primary education. He is also co-author of the primary coursebooks Heroes (with Emma Mohamed), New Tiger (with Carol Read) and Find Out! (with Donna Shaw), all published by Macmillan Education.

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. e is the coordinator for Young Learners at ICCIC, runs many teacher training courses for the Generalitat de Catalunya.

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