Get all our work on children, pre-teens and early teens in one mega-course bundle!

Find out the keys to teaching English successfully to these age groups.

Take a look at the image of these children. Can you guess their ages? Do you know what is happening in their brain development right now? Do you know how this will affect your teaching? Do you know what will be happening to their brains in three years' time?

You know the language, you even know the standard approaches for teaching English, but a good understanding of the cognitive, social and emotional development of these age groups will completely transform your teaching.

Here are all the modules you get with this mega-bundle!

Go into the classroom with confidence. Learn about how children develop and think, as well as what changes when they reach adolescence. Find out how this affects their learning and your teaching decisions.

Course Writers

James Heal

Course Writer and Online Workshop Presenter

James Santana Heal is the teen expert behind this course along with Emma Pratt. James has been teaching at the British Institute of Seville for the last 17 years, having taught previously in the United Kingdom, Poland and Indonesia. He has taught all ages, but has a particular speciality: he's recognised by his teaching colleagues as having "the touch" with teens. He is interested in teacher training, encouraging students to become autonomous learners and the use of student- generated materials. He has published several articles in the ETP magazine on differentiation and routines with young learners. He has a degree in Modern and Contemporary History, a CELTA and Delta.

Anna Hasper

Course Writer, Accredited Teacher Trainer and Assessor, and Online Workshop Presenter

Anna’s specialism is enabling primary and secondary school teachers with local constraints, such as limited resources, to become the best teacher they can by enhancing all students’ learning opportunities through engagement.

Her work as a Director of Studies and a teacher within the primary school system in New Zealand has given her an insight into curriculum development as well as setting up mentoring and CPD programmes for teachers. She’s passionate about working with young and very young learners (ages 3 to 13) and is involved in online tutoring of primary and secondary school teachers for the British Council and writing materials and social media resources for local state school teachers.

Qualifications

  • CELTA Certificate– Certificate in English Language Teacher to Adults (Wellington, New Zealand)
  • YL Extension to CELTA – Certificate in English Language Teaching to Young Learners (Casablanca, Morocco)
  • Delta – Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (ATTC, Sydney, Australia)
  • GradDip in Primary Education – Graduate Diploma in Primary Education (=PGCE) (Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand)
  • MEd in Education in Applied Linguistics (Open University, UK)
  • Languages: English, Dutch (both native); Swedish, French, German (all upper intermediate); Spanish (low intermediate); Chinese and Arabic (beginner)

Accreditations

  • Cambridge English CELTA/Delta Tutor
  • Cambridge English CELTA/Delta Assessor

Emma Pratt

Senior Tutor, Course Writer and Online Workshop Presenter

Emma’s specialism is looking at creative solutions to classroom practice and learning, working with all age groups. She has a background in museum and visual arts education and English language teaching, as well as communications, marketing, video, audio, design and coding. She has also worked in teacher management working with the business side of running language schools and working with agents. She is a visual artist with an active, recognised career spanning 20 + years (emmapratt.com). Her current project is in writing and illustrating for children. She is also a parent and company director.

In learning, her area of interest is in artmaking as a physical, intellectual, and emotional response to the world. She investigates ways in which it can be used in English language contexts to engage children’s brains, challenge their visual schema, and give voice to non-verbal forms of communication. She has contributed to publications and blogs on this subject.

Emma has given workshops at IATEFL and The Image Conference on drawing in the classroom as well as being the 2018 Artist in Residence at IATEFL. She is interested in the role of illustration in storytelling and how to exploit that in the classroom. Emma has been involved in an Artists in Schools programme and in artist residency projects where she has looked at storytelling. Online, she has given drawing and language workshops for children.

Emma has been designing online learning courses since 2013 and was, with Jamie King, a finalist in the ELTons 2014 for Innovation in Teaching Resources.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • CELTA Certificate– Certificate in English Language Teacher to Adults (Seville, Spain)
  • Post Graduate: Museum Studies, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Master in Programming (CEI, Spain)
  • Languages: English; Spanish (upper-intermediate advanced); Māori (beginner)

Let's get started!

Thinking about your kids or teen classes? Do you feel things are out of control? They don't seem to be engaged? Or you don't know if you are being effective? Relax and know you've got this!