About Me

About me

After graduating in acting from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1993 I realized I wasn’t really cut out for the rejection part of auditioning nor was I keen on London’s grey skies and drizzle so, after I won a grant from the “Prince’s Trust”, I changed my profession from actress to , in my mind the next best thing, acting coach and emigrated to a warmer climate. I settled in Italy where I discovered my love for Tuscany and a pace of life much more compatibleto my own.

Miranda

A while after the big move I became a certified CELTA English teacher for children and adults and I was determined from the outset to create something stimulating and unique for my English students that would make them fall off their chairs with laughter rather than boredom.

I believe learning should be fun. So I started injecting some vitality into my teaching by mixing my acting techniques together with my English teaching  skills  to produce some strange and wonderful concoctions called ESL DRAMA GAMES.  And after 18 years my experience has shown me that using innovative and dynamic drama activities in class keep children (and adults) interested and motivate them so much more.

With this blog I would like to help ESL teachers be better at what they do, feel inspired to be teachers, and stimulate their students. Being an ESL teacher involved in teaching children is a truly unique and unforgettable experience that is both challenging and rewarding. If you would like a few key tips on how to keep your students motivated and enthusiastic to learn English – then read on…..

Responses

  1. DRAMA is really very effective in teaching English. I am also an English teacher and I often resort to drama to encourage my students to interact in English. Drama helps me to create an authentic environment in which the students get involved in a natural communication.

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  2. hi, I am a university student at language teaching department. nowadays I try to prepare a presentation about language teaching through drama. I come across you at this website.I need help help for this presentation. could you mind sending me some videos related that subject.thanks!

  3. hello! great to find other actresses doing the same thing!!!! I studied at Rose Bruford and found this also to be much more enriching than going to auditions…. I love working with kids and combining teaching english with theatre is so much fun, for them and me! I now have my own school in Spain with 100 students, they love it here and learn so, so much. good luck!

  4. Hi raquel. Thanks for your comments and I’m really happy that you’re enjoying teaching . I’m sure your drama school training has really given you some advantages with involving and motivating children. Lets keep in touch. I would love to hear some of your experiences in spain that we could share here with other readers. Take care . Miranda

  5. Dear Miranda,
    I’m an English teacher for primary school myself and really like your homepage. Currently I’m also working part-time for a magazine called “The Primary English Magazine” in Germany (where I come from). For them, I usually compile a link list which helps our primary school teachers to find ressources for their lessons on the internet. Thus, I’d like to include your page and also two screenshots which I took from your videos on you tube (one from your song “5 little monkeys” and one from you and your puppet “wendy the witch”). Would that be alright to you in terms of copyright? We’d be very happy to recommend your page and illustrate your great work for our next magazine, which will be published in october 2011. Thus, a short notice from you would be very much appreciated.
    Kind regards,
    Sarah Steffens

  6. Hi Sarah
    Thanks for you message. I am very happy that you find my blog and videos of use. I have sent you a longer reply to your email to your address. Please let me know if I can help further.

  7. Hi Miranda,

    unfortunately, your Web site Gogogenius.com doesn’t seem to be active anymore! Could you tell me how I can buy some of your beautiful puppets??

    Thank you for your answer!

  8. Hello Miranda! I’m an English teacher at a primary school from Turkey. I use drama in my lessons and puppets as well. (We had 3 workshops with our learners’ mothers to sew puppets at school). But I ‘ve seen your site newly and you are amazing! I love your works very very very much! You are amazing. I give your link and share your videos on our facebook group page. Thank you so much! I’m very happy to know such a person like you. I want to work with you in a Comenius project. Take care of yourself!

  9. Hi Melikey
    Thanks so much for your comments. Please feel free to link my videos on your facebook page. I would really like to add more but it is just finding the time between lessons. I’m always open to new projects and sharing ideas. Please keep in touch. Happy teaching Miranda

  10. Hi Laurence
    Please forgive me in replying so late. I’m really happy you like the puppets and I assure you your class will fall in love with them. They are such cheeky characters! If your are interested in purchasing a few I usually buy mine from “puppets by post” which are based in the UK but ship anywhere. They are also available from amazon. Let me know if I can help you any further.
    Happy Teaching
    Miranda

  11. Hi Miranda! It’s me Melike :)) This is my English classroom facebook group page:
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/englishclassroom/

    I share your videos on our group site.

    I really want to send you an informational document about me and my classroom. Would you mind if I take your e-mail adress? Take care of yourself!

  12. I Am Going To have to return again whenever my course load lets up – however I am getting your Feed so i can go through your web blog offline. Cheers.

  13. Ciao Miranda!
    Sono un’insegnante della scuola primaria che, come tante altre, ha anche il compito di insegnare inglese. I miei limiti sono tanti in quanto non padroneggio affatto la lingua e devo dire che i tuo video sono utilissimi. Guardando te imparo quali sono le frasi da usare con i bambini e la pronuncia corretta. Sei un’ottima guida!
    Spero che continuerai a pubblicarli!
    Congratulazioni ancora per il lavoro che fai e per la passione con cui lo svolgi.

  14. Ciao Erika
    Un enorme THANK YOU per i tuoi commenti e sono felicissima di avere la possibilità di incontrare e condividere idee ed esperienze con altri insegnanti come te.
    Capisco molto bene che non è facile insegnare quando non è la tua madre lingua e in particolare quando hai una classe di 25 bambini esuberanti!
    In certe situazioni ci vuole una soluzione vincente sia per l’insegnante che per i bambini e quello che suggerisco sempre è…..Cantare! Cantare! Cantare! I bambini di tutte le età amano la musica ,imparano in fretta e ripetano nuovi vocaboli “over and over and over again” con grande entusiasmo e senza mai annoiarsi. Se hai anche la possibilità di spostare i banchi e di mettere i bambini in cerchio ancora meglio!
    Ho pubblicato un post proprio ieri sul tema di imparare l’inglese attraverso le canzoni se vuoi dare un occhiata. Apprezzerei molto il tuo feedback ed eventuali suggerimenti.
    Happy Teaching
    Miranda


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