How to Teach English to Little Kids

Dragonfly English Learning System offers this training course for teachers using our materials for kids aged 2-6.
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  • Lectures 35
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

This course is designed to help teachers of very young learners of English as a second language to excel. It is specifically targeted at teachers that will use Dragonfly English Learning System in their classrooms to teach children from age of 2 and up to first graders. Our system is based on Doman's methodology for early learning and as such it can be helpful for everyone intending to teach ESL to little kids. The course includes practical activities and Demo sessions.

Some of the topics we will cover in the course are:

* Early reading: why and how kids are able to start a reading program while very young. Includes Demos.

* Elements of a successful class

* Daily routines

* Teaching math... in English

* Tips for new teachers

* Self-evaluation

* And more!

Take this course if you want to learn new insights about teaching, and if you want some tried and true teaching tips, specially for new teachers!

What are the requirements?

  • Being a teacher for very young kids and loving it!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn to use Dragonfly ESL and its resources in the classroom to successfully teach English to young children.
  • Learn how to design a successful class and keep your students motivated
  • Learn how to use early reading as a tool for increasing vocabulary.

Who is the target audience?

  • Teachers, wether new or experienced, will benefit from this new approach and also from old, tried-and-true teacher's tips.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

In this class we will discuss how is this course organized, and what we are going to cover in each section. In total, the course has seven sections, each of them covering a specific topic.


In this class we will discuss how did Dragonfly came into existence, the origins of our methodology, and more.


Dragonfly ELS is based upon the philosophy created by Glenn Doman, founder of the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential. Here, Glenn talks about The Institutes: what they are, what the do, and how to develop human potential.


Glenn Doman and Janet Doman teach about early reading. Janet demonstrates how to conduct a reading session.

Section 2: Practical Stuff

In this class you will meet the team of five teachers -just like you- who created Dragonfly. Each one of them will be a mentor for a specific group, so pay attention and find out who will be yours.


In this class we will learn a little bit more about the philosophy behind Dragonfly.


Planning is a very important step of your class. Dragonfly ELS provides your with a special planner to make this task easier. Here we are going to learn just how to use it.


Dragonfly has a large set of learning and teaching materials, both for students and teachers. Let's get to know them a little bit better.


What are the advantages of teaching like this? Why do we favor early learning?

Reading Words Demo: Two year olds

Two brief sessions of four year old kids demonstrating reading words. Two different teachers.


Very short reading session in first grade. Children demonstrate automatic word reading.

Section 3: How to teach

If you are a new teacher... don't panic! Here are some tips for a smooth start


Be organized, be ambitious. Here we talk about sequences in your classes, and of course, a little bit about evaluation.


Don't get stuck on the same things. Use everything you've got to get your kids to learn. Variety and fun are key.


How to plan a fun class that delivers results.


As teachers we feel the urge to evaluate. And yes, we can do it, but when it comes to little kids, we need to be extra careful. Teaching is not testing. Kids will not want to involve in learning if they sense it comes with strings attached. A wiser option is to provide children with the opportunity to solve problems.

Section 4: Daily Routines

Let's do a little brainstorming first. What do you think a daily routine is?


Daily routines don't happen by accident. They are well planned and built.


Hands on: here is how we do it


Is it really that important? Yes, it is.


This is a recording of an actual, live class with 5 year olds. The focus is on routines.

Section 5: Teaching Math

And you thought it was only English we teach. Well, no. Roll up your sleeves, let's have fun with Math.

Counting games
Math manipulatives

5 year olds have fun trying to solve some mental Math. All children love to solve problems!

Section 6: Wrapping up

In case you needed some sound advise...


One of our most important goals is to get our kids to speak English. How do we do it?


In this video, first graders show conversational skills in English while talking about the Mexican Revolution.


Let's get practical: How to get your kids to speak... down-to-earth


Eliam will demo a sample class with 5-year olds (Prefirst). This is not her regular class and today is the first day she works with them. But she will pretend to be her all-time teacher and work with them as if a "regular day".


Second part of the class. We cut it into three parts due to length restrictions, but we taped the whole class and present it to you without cuts or edits. So you can see -as you know- what really goes on inside a classroom, every day.


Third and last part of the demo class.


In this session we will present you a suggestion for self-evaluation. We will ask you to evaluate the class you just saw and to use the same model when is time to evaluate your own classes.

Section 7: For principals and coordinators

This is a special section for coordinators and principals on how to interview, hire and keep the best teachers.

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Instructor Biography

Dragonfly ELS, English Learning System

Dragonfly ELS is an English Learning System to help educators teach English as a second language to children from age 2 to 6, in a school setting. Founded by 5 English teachers, Dragonfly integrates an innovative pedagogy and 50+ combined years of experience teaching in the classroom. Dragonfly was developed by native Spanish speaking teachers.

Founders of Dragonfly are: Elisa Guerra, Any Haro, Sonia Barquin, Eliam Dessavre and Alma Dessavre.

Elisa Guerra has been a teacher for 15 + years. She is also the founder of a group of schools using early learning methodology. She has been the Director for The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential for Latin America since 2001.

Any Haro has been an English and Math Teacher for 10+ years. She has also been a school administrator. She lives in Los Angeles.

Sonia Barquin has been an English teacher for little kids for 15+ years. She is now a school principal, with students from Pre-K to 9th grade.

Eliam Dessavre has been an English teacher for 20+ years. She has taught little kids as well as in elementary school. Today, Eliam is an online English Teacher for adult learners.

Alma Dessavre has been an English Teacher for 35+ years. She has taught children from kindergarden to junior high. She has also been English coordinator for several schools. She also loves to teach math.

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