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You are a native speaker, who would like to start a business and make an income becoming a tutor in your language.
You are a teacher and this year you have the challenge to incorporate a foreign language in the Curriculum.
You are a parent who understands the value of having a bilingual child. You are an absolute beginner in any foreign language and would like to learn along side with your children the language of your choice.
This course is not intended to teach directly a young audience a foreign language, but rather to teach you “how to teach them”.
Teach Them Languages will provide you with:
Life-long access to the latest strategies for teaching a foreign language to children between 0 to 6 years old, examples of original, tested and updated lesson plans, a step to step guide on how to create most of your resources (posters, flashcards, tasks) that you can adapt to the language of your choice, links to useful websites and interactive language activities in the most popular languages. Hints & tips for your future lesson plans and, of course ongoing support. Lectures are update regularly!
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|Section 1: Introduction to Teach Them a Language!|
This course targets the following audiences:Teachers, Tutors, Parents who are interested in teaching their students and/or children Italian.
This course is not intended to teach directly a young audience a language, but rather to teach adults “how to teach them".
Here is a brief description of what it is included in this course. Also it gives you an idea of the care with which this course has been crafted. This course will provide you with:
In the Supplementary Material I will increasingly add more updated resources and links. If you can, have a look at the link on YouTube - The importance of Foreign Languages - Did you know?" It is kind of sad that countries such as the USA and Australia are so stubbornly monolingual fortresses.
Meet your teacher!Preview
|Section 2: Starting up|
Here we start looking at appropriate ways to start a lesson, or as it will be called later, a language interaction, in order to include also parents.
You will see a scenario with 2 children (4 and 6 years old). Their parents have just hired you to teach them a language of which they have no prior knowledge. This is your very first lesson with them.You should have already brainstormed in the previous lecture about this scenario and jotted down how you would:
If you want you can also imagine you are their parent and you want to have an interaction in the target language with them.
Now go ahead and watch the video.
After you watched it go back to your notes and see if what you wrote still applies. If you had to change something, what was that? And why? Feel free to discuss it with other in the discussion board.
Reflecting on our practices dealing with children is something we should do after every interaction.
In this audio lecture I explain common pitfalls of native-speaker-parents. Hower this lecture applies also to native-speaker-teachers and tutors (including myself). Sometimes , we are not aware of the difficulties our learners go through when we switch continuously from one language to another.
In this lecture we are going to discuss how we can create and/or set aside an area or a "time" conducive to language learning activities. Remember that it is important that you create this area having in mind your specific learners.
After the lecture, use the brainstorming worksheet to start creating your area or if you are already using a similar strategy, describe it. Please add your insight to the discussion board.
Before watching the video in this lecture, brainstorm using the worksheet attached: do you use any motivating/rewarding strategy at the moment? If yes, what do you use at the moment to motivate your children to learning and to reward them for their efforts during and after each task? Explain why it works for you (age- appropriate, topic-appropriate, other...). Also what does not work with them? Why do you think is not working? Then share in the discussion Board.
Sometimes children do not need much to be motivated in their learning. Praise, encouragement or simply our attention and positive support will propel them toward new goals. In this video you will see how I use "my map" strategy. I have not tried with a 2 years old, but it has been tested and used successful over the years for children as young as 3 and teen-agers as old as 13.
The presentation in the next lecture will go further to explain the use of maps to track children's progress and others useful strategies.
Rewarding & Motivating
How to make your own rewarding & motivating map
|Section 3: Planning Learning Experiences|
If you are "serious" about teaching and increasingly using a second language with your children and/or students then you need a structured plan on: what, when and how to use teaching tools and other devices to get you there. Here I explain in details what they are and give you some examples of where to find them.
In these lecture you will see examples of Attention Grabbers of the first type and their practical uses during a lesson. After watching this video, download the brainstorming activity and share your findings in the discussion board.
After brainstorming, you also learn how to make a very basic attention grabber: a song to teach a very basic vocabulary- greetings & courtesy forms in your Target Language. Download the worksheet "Make a Song". Option: Once you translated the words, film yourself singing in your T. Language, upload it to YouTube or Dropbox, send your link in the discussion board. We are going to organize the largest Library of language samples. Particularly if you are a speaker of one of those endangered languages that are dying out, please consider this as a favour to humanity.
Attention Grabbers type 2 - Language Practice
In this lecture we consider these particular teaching aids as opportunities for both, the learners to become increasingly independent in using the Target Language, and for us, to have the opportunity to assess their progress in a fun, natural and relaxed environment.
After watching this video, you will have the inspiration necessary to brainstorm some new ideas, review and improve your current practices in the worksheet attached in the Supplementary Material. Plus in this lecture you will learn how to prepare some long-lasting resources in few easy steps. Happy Lesson!
Breaking Down the Task of Learning
Concluding a Lesson
|Quiz 1||5 questions|
We are going to answer the last question in this question. Just making sure we did not miss anything :-)
|Section 4: Future Planning|
|Lecture 18||1 page|
|This section will be updated weekly with: website links to language interactive activities resources (flashcards, posters...) interesting studies on methodology practical uses of resources P.S. The material you download from this course, just need labels with the language of your choice, to go with the pictures. Option: laminate these resources to make them last longer. Happy lesson!|
|Lecture 19||1 page|
|In this section, we will see the specific practical use of some teaching aids. Hints on which part of the language session to use them.|
Hi, I am Paula, or Paola, if you can keep up with the Italian vowels ;-)
I have been teaching for more than 16 years foreign languages, particularly Italian. I was actually born in Italy and moved to Perth, Australia around 14 years ago. In Italy I was teaching English to Italian students. Ever since in Australia, I have been working as a L.O.T.E. (Languages Other Than English) teacher in public and private schools. My expertise in Language teaching extends from Kindergarten to Adult Education. Since school keeps me busy, I am gradually passing my after-school tutoring business to my daughter who has become a perfect bilingual :-) While I was training her to become a great tutor in Italian, I realized that I can upload my skills, teaching strategies, lesson plans and resources online and help other people to become inspiring language teachers.
Pre-Primary & PrimaryTeaching Training School degree - Italy
Double degree in Secondary Education (L.O.T.E.) and Gender & Cultural Studies - Western Australia
Extensive experience in teaching children a language (including my own) - Italy, Australia
I worked for 2 years in Computer graphics, a field that still fascinates me