The entire PBA framework is available online on https://c00lsch00l.thinkific.com/, named PBA MANUAL FOR YOUNG LANGUAGE LEARNING — PRIMARY SCHOOL FRAMEWORK.
Up next is TEACHING PRIMARY CHILDREN LITERACY (AGED 5-11), available by the end of 2022.
The basic workshop presents the PBA framework, with steps that address all language and social skills through peer cooperation.
The approach is child-centred, topic-mixed and involves gamified activities that address the child’s concept of learning: NATURAL, ENGAGING and MEANINGFUL. The gamified activities can be adapted to different topics and levels.
Participants leave the workshop with knowledge of a step-by-step approach to teaching the use of language, to addressing the child’s point of view, to organising gamified activities for language learning (not isolated words) and social skills, and to organising a topic-mixed project.
This basic workshop is carried out through the project AUTUMN and gives teachers the resources for approximately 25 lessons.
Since new ideas need time and practice to ‘sink in’, Saturday meetings shine some extra light on the PBA.
Each meeting has different topics scaffolded in a project and addresses different language skills.
The TARGET AUDIENCE for the workshops is beginner and experienced native or non-native teachers who teach young learners (aged 5–9) , with at least an intermediate knowledge of English.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOPS:
You can read more in the article: Mija Selič, Making Early Language Learning Effective, HLT Magazine, October 2015
The workshop presents the visual and tactile approach to introducing grammar, time concept and tenses. Moreover, it demonstrates how to address writing, reading, speaking and listening with students aged 9 and 10 through a context (story) and using unique teaching tools to provide the means for Visual Sentences, Visual Story, Word Web and Visual Grammar.
You can read more in an article: Mija Selič, Visualising Grammar and Literacy in Young Language Learning, HLT, October 2016
If you would like to have a workshop in your country, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshops are meant for the teachers who teach English as a foreign language to children aged 5-11/12. Also, some teachers who teach Spanish and German as a foreign language described the workshop as "very useful for their teaching". They adapted the activities to their target language. The framework of the programme (the PBA), however, can be used with any language.
All the activities presented at the workshops are ready-to-use in the classroom.
All of the material used during the workshop is given to the participants. All of the teaching aids are available for the participants to try them out during the course of the seminar. Some of the material is free to be downloaded from our website, the CoolTool and the Cool Houses, however, can be ordered and delivered after purchasing.
The beginning seminar (teaching children up to the age 9) demonstrates activities through games in a concept (approach) that can be tailored to any language. As for its sequel, it currently covers only learning English language.
By using the approach presented on the seminar together with the C00lSch00l teaching aids a lot can be achieved. Apart from the vocabulary, other aspects of language knowledge is learned. Up to the age of 8 the approach is focusing on children becoming familiar with some grammar (personal pronouns, indefinite articles as a part of the word, verbs ‘be’ and ‘have’, and plural) and the use of target vocabulary. By the time children are 11, they are already consciously aware of and can use plural, some modal verbs (can, must) and the verbs ‘be’ and ‘have’, as well as being familiar with the basic use of articles. Furthermore, they are aware of time relations (past, present and future) and know that verbs change according to the time of happening. They also know the time adverbs that determine past, present and future actions. Moreover, they become familiar with word order (subject – verb – the rest) and are also acquainted with writing a structured text. By using cooperative learning social aspect of language learning is covered as well as speaking.
Just because something’s a game it doesn’t mean it isn’t serious.
The seminars are currently taking place in Slovenia. However, for organised groups they can be arranged in other countries as well. The seminar fee varies, depending on the number of seminars held in a country, number of participants attending one seminar, and the prices of accommodation and travel.
There are four types of C00lSch00l teaching aids. The CoolDoodles are free and can be downloaded HERE. Computer games are
also free and can be played HERE.
As for the CoolHouse and the CoolTool, they can be purchased separately or in sets.
The detailed description together with the pricelist can be found HERE.
In order to get the whole extent of the use of the CoolDoodles, the CoolTool, and the CoolHouse the seminars are recommended.
If you want to place an order, follow the link HERE.
If the school can organise its schedules so that the language classes do not overlap (at least the same grades do not) then one ‘Complete Set’ is enough for the entire school with up to 500 students. The 'Complete Set' consists of the two CoolHouses (the Cool Theme House and the Cool Alphabet House) and all of the cards (700 words, 3500 cards altogether).