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Creative Strategies for ESL in Primary and Pre-K

Course Summary

Are you teaching English or in English at the Primary or Preschool level and do you feel you need an update?

In this experience you will be exposed to tons of practice on the four main communicative skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. However, we will focus on helping you to communicate effectively in your classes, giving clear instructions and using fun games to teach English and using daily microteaching activities so that you practice first-hand the how-to of teaching in English.

While strengthening your grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and communicative skills, you will experience first-hand engaging activities and games you can use later with your students.

As part of the course, you will be involved in microteaching activities to practice your English skills in a safe environment simulating a class. As the final project of the course, you will design a mini class of 10 to 15 minutes using some of the games and activities ideas and experiences and putting into practice your English skills.

By the end of the course, you will be able to gain confidence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English, with a focus on speaking in front of your class. You will be able to use fun games and activities to engage your students in learning the English language.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Give clear instructions in English in your classes

  • Use grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation effectively according to a B1 level

  • Identify good online resources for your English learning journey and for your students

  • Involve students in fun games and communicative activities to promote their love for English language

  • Gain confidence in your English skills to use it more in your classes


Day 1. Course introduction and Games


-Course Introductions

-Team building activity

-Setting individual and group goals

-Grammar and vocabulary review

-Class strategies: Games

Day 2 English Language Boost 1

-Grammar and vocabulary review

-Reading and Writing

-Listening and Speaking

-Class strategies: Storytelling


Day 3. English Language Boost 2

-Grammar and vocabulary review

-Reading and Writing

-Listening and Speaking

-Class strategies: Songs and chants


Day 4. English Language Boost 3

-Grammar and vocabulary review

-Reading and Writing

-Listening and Speaking

-Class strategies: Vocabulary and movement


Day 5. Review and Microteaching

-Week Review Game

-Microteaching presentations

-Feedback session

Your Trainer


Dr. Carolina Castro

Carolina is an experienced educator with 21 years of teaching career in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education in Europe, USA and Australia. She teaches both English and Spanish as a second language.


For the last 5 years, she has trained teachers from Europe, Asia and Australia, and she has collaborated with educational foundations and whole schools around the world. Carolina has a B.A. in English Language and Literature, an M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Education. Some of her topics of expertise are Project-Based Learning, Project-Based Language Learning, Social and Emotional Learning, Digital tools for education, CLIL, Life skills, Pedagogy and E-Pedagogy among others.


She has presented in academic conferences, professional events for teachers and doctoral seminars around the world, online and face to face. When Carolina's PhD thesis was published, it was one of the few examples in the world of a foreign languages' practitioner using PBLL together with digital technologies sharing her experience. 

Essential Info

Duration: 25 hours the face-to-face option and if you hire the blended add-on the number of hours will be 30.

Certificate: A completion certificate will be provided when participants attend a minimum of 80% of the course.

Language: The course will be facilitated in English. Participants need to have a minimum of an A2 to attend.

Activities: Cultural activities will be included for participants in each course.

Schedule: Sessions can take place in the morning (9h to 14h) or the afternoon (15h to 20h). The day by day timetable posted here is tentative, your trainer will send it to you one week before the course begins and she may change it depending on the group needs accordingly.

Blended Add-On: All courses can have an optional blended add-on that consists of 2 videoconference group sessions 2 and 6 weeks after the face-to-face course to follow up on progress and give support for the implementation of the knowledge and skills acquired.

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