Posted by: Miranda Flynn Legge | July 5, 2013

English Language Teacher Training Course, Florence Italy


English Teacher Training Course



 Course Dates:

Saturday 14th September 2013

Course Location:

Teatro Puccini Via delle Cascine, 41  50144 Florence, Italy


This course is specially designed for Nursery and Primary School teachers in Italy and offers a unique “English Language Drama Training” experience, which will equip teachers to be more confident, effective and actively engaging in the classroom.

Acting and theatre activities help children of all ages focus and concentrate their energies and improve their language communication skills. This course provides practical examples of how to incorporate animatedly and creatively language games, songs, stories and role-play activities into the classroom. Children (and teachers) learn by doing and HAVING FUN!

Course programme : 

  • Creative Drama and role-play activities for young learners
  • Chants, rhymes and songs (using music effectively in the classroom)
  • Storytelling with Puppets, Masks, Costume and authentic materials
  • How to teach and engage young learners using TPR (Total Physical  Response)
  • Classroom management skills; appropriate language for the classroom
  • Building confidence teaching in English

The course is presented  by Miranda Fynn Legge, a native English speaker, professional actress (graduate from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London) and accredited English language teacher – Certificate CELTA (Cambridge University, England). Miranda has been teaching English through Drama to young learners, adults and teachers in Italy for over 18 years. Miranda also is the founder of the Teatro Inglese method. “Children have many years of learning ahead of them and I believe that if their first experience of English is pleasurable, motivating and fun, they will have a positive attitude towards it for the rest of their lives.”

During the one day course Miranda will share her teaching experience and introduce creative and practical ideas for the following key language themes Colours, The Body, Animals, Clothes, My House, Food, Weather, Time, Days of the week. All participants will be encouraged to “actively” take part.

In the afternoon participants will be encouraged to practice their new skills by presenting a  simple activity. As a group we will discuss their effectiveness based on their creativity, involvement and enjoyment from a young learners perspective and how each activity can be adapted to different levels. Miranda will also offer individual tips and suggestions for follow up activities and lesson plans.

Certification awarded: Attendance certificate detailing topics covered, course content and the number of training hours.

Contact details:

Associazione Culturale Catalyst

Info: 055331449 –

Teatro Puccini Via delle Cascine, 41 Firenze

Posted by: Miranda Flynn Legge | January 4, 2013

ESL Teacher Training Courses using Drama Games

I had a fantastic time earlier in December “EAL Teacher Training” Nursery and Primary school teachers in Pontedera near Pisa in Italy.

The teachers were all very welcoming and demonstrated such enthusiasm and dedication to their work . It was a thoroughly rewarding experience for me. We danced and sang all afternoon whilst I also tried to share some of my teaching experience in EAL/EFL storytelling  and drama technique. A big thank you to all the teachers and organisers of the event and I hope to see you all again soon and carry on where we left off.


Here are a few pics of myself with Italian Nursery and Primary School teachers.

Posted by: Miranda Flynn Legge | December 12, 2012

Teacher Training Conference Italy

I have been invited to take part in presenting a teacher training workshop for Italian Nursery and Primary School teachers this Friday 14th December in Pontedera (Pisa). I am very excited about meeting everyone and exchanging ideas, methods and experience with other fellow ESL teachers based here in Italy. I will keep you posted on how it goes.


Posted by: Miranda Flynn Legge | October 9, 2012

5 Green Frogs – Simple Song for Teaching Young Children English

My adapted version of “10 Green Bottles sitting on the Wall” for ESL preschoolers. This a fun and simple song that  introduces  numbers 1-5 and provides lots of practice repeating new vocabulary (frog, green, log, jump, splash).

I also bring along to class some frog masks for the children to wear and act out the song themselves. They have great fun jumping and splashing in the pond. What do you think?

Happy Teaching!


Posted by: Miranda Flynn Legge | September 10, 2012

The Sticky Game

The Sticky Game 

Welcome back! I hope you all had a great summer break.

I thought you might be interested in a fun and simple warm up game to start off the new term. I often use  this “ice-breaker” with new classes as it not only familiarizes children with the different  parts of the body but it also encourages them to jump around to music and overcome any initial embarrassment or shyness they may have in relating to a new group.

Level: All

Age group: 3+ (ideal also with adults)

Time: 5 min

Aims: To introduce and practice body vocabulary e.g nose, ears, back, knees, hands, shoulders etc:

This game should be played in pairs. You will need some lively music to play. Ask the children to stand back to back and tell them, or better still demonstrate to them that they are “super glued” together and they must dance and move to the music without ever becoming “unstuck” from their partner. Call out different body parts that the children must “stick” to using their partner for example:

- Nose

- Feet

- Hands

- Ears

- Shoulders

- Back

- Eyelashes

- Cheeks

- Bottoms/ Backside

Continue suggesting different body parts, the faster the teacher changes words, the more hilarious the children find the game.

Happy teaching


Posted by: Miranda Flynn Legge | August 29, 2012

8 creative ways to teach English in the classroom (using puppets)


An old favourite of mine. I hope you find it useful.

Happy teaching


Posted by: Miranda Flynn Legge | August 26, 2012

Keeping Cinderella short and simple

“Cinderella” English Language Production for Children
Tom Cat in Cinderella. One of our end of year productions 2012.

We performed a very simple version of Cinderella this summer. The children ranged from ages 6-9 years and with varying abilities of English.

I recommend keeping the script very short, preferably using simple phrases and ensuring that each child has a “line” to learn and recite. If you have a very large class or very young children making it more difficult to allocate lines individually you could consider creating a “chorus” that  acts and speaks together. We accompanied Cinderella with a chorus of little helpers in the form of cats and mice. Why not also try doubling up characters. We performed our show with Cindrella  A. (in rags) and Cinderella B (in riches) AND by doing so it enabled more than one participant to play the much sought after part!

To accompany your “show” I suggest you also include some songs , rhymes or poems. Children love to sing and dance and it will make rehearsals a lot more fun and help children focus if you can break up acting scenes with some musical interlude. We even managed to perform “Dancing Queen” to the delight of the children and admittedly also myself.

Happy teaching


Posted by: Miranda Flynn Legge | November 24, 2011

Videos on the way….

Hello Everyone and thanks for dropping by at ESL drama games. Just to let you know that I am in the process of redirecting my videos to this blog and sorry if you are unable to see them at the moment. I hope to have them posted asap!!


Posted by: Miranda Flynn Legge | April 8, 2011

The Enormous Turnip – Role Play

The Enormous Turnip is a super simple story for children learning English as a second language. Instead of using a book to read from I prefer flashcards as you the (teacher or parent) are free to adapt the language you use according to the abilities of the children.

With storytelling whether I am using a book or flashcards I try to always include some theatrical props to add extra interest and encourage group participation. With the Enormous Turnip I made a little shovel, an envelope full of seeds (rice) and a watering can. I also include mask cut outs which I stick to plastic spoons for the children to hold for role play work.

You can create a mini role play by simply using props similar to the ones I use in the video and involve children by asking them to sow the seeds and water them instead of yourself. Or , if you have enough children in your class, add to the fun by asking them to interpret the story characters . Give them a mask and tell them in turn to pull the “flashcard”!

I also find a great exercise after I have told the story is get the children to act it out!

1. Play some relaxing music to the children

2. Tell the children to lie on the floor and make themselves as small as possible

3. Tell them that you are the farmer and using the little shovel indicate digging holes around the children

4. Sow the seeds

5. Water the seeds (make some whooshing water sounds)

6. Tell the children to imagine they are tiny turnip seeds growing slowly under the earth

7. Growing bigger and bigger and bigger until they become the most ENORMOUS TURNIPS! (bodies and faces)

Great fun and an interesting way to repeat key vocabulary.

Happy Teaching

Miranda Flynn Legge

Posted by: Miranda Flynn Legge | March 30, 2011

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Song

To introduce this popular song to my class of 5-6 year olds I made a simple felt board out of an old cardboard box. I then covered it with a black flannel blanket and simply taped the reverse side with sticky tape.

To make the monkeys, mummy and doctor I downloaded some drawings from the internet, coloured them in and laminated them. It is a good idea to laminate as the plastic not only protects your characters but also enables you to stick double sided tape to the back so they can then be attached and removed easily from the felt board.

At the end of the lesson I distribute to the class paper monkey finger puppets which the children colour, cut out and stick to their fingers ready to sing the song again all together during the next lesson. The children seem to really enjoy making their own finger puppets and it is a great way to involve and engage children in learning numbers and new vocabulary.

Happy teaching!



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