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Participants working toward a Certificate of Completion will be expected to spend about 20 hours on class work. This includes attending all four classes (live or through recordings), participating in class forum discussions and completing assigned tasks.

In addition to the above requirements, participants working toward a Certificate of Accomplishment will be expected to submit a summary of a lesson that applies at least one of the principles introduced in the course. They should expect to spend about 25 hours on coursework.

Juan Uribe
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iTDi Advanced Course

Teaching Young Learners Affectively with Juan Uribe

Come learn how affective language learning can enhance your teaching and empower your students in their learning. Let’s explore together how teachers can create caring, meaningful, and playful environments that foster curiosity, commitment, and creativity. Join us in this memorable journey!

Live online sessions will be held in the iTDi virtual classroom on Sundays in April.

Live sessions (registered participants only)

  • April 3rd – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • April 10th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • April 17th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • April 24th – course participants only (60 minutes)

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 GMT

Enroll in the entire course for only US $59

Course + Evaluation + Certificate of Accomplishment US $89

Questions? Contact support@itdi.pro

If you are unable to join the class without scholarship support from iTDi, please apply using the form here

With Juan you will...

During this course we will explore how teachers can promote a nurturing and engaging learning atmosphere to foster a positive emotional connection of students with the language they are learning. We will learn, discuss and practice attitudes, skills and knowledge that will empower us and our students to become better people and better learners. In our discussions we will analyze concepts that are core to building relationships based on respect, trust, and generosity and how these relational features bring transparency, enjoyment, and commitment.

Along with this first conceptual part, we will have a great time learning and sharing creative and dynamic ways through which we can connect and merge the students’ previous experiences with the foreign language giving birth to a very personal, powerful, and meaningful language: the student’s own foreign language.

Week 1
What is Affective Language Learning? Concepts to get you started!
Here we will learn and discuss basic postures and practices that are important to create a nurturing language learning environment. In this first session, we will explore and share how teachers can communicate with students in an authentic way and foster positive emotions while inviting learners to express themselves in the foreign language. We will also explore together how to prepare the classroom, receive students, and get them ready to live the target language through memorable experiences.

Week 2
How can my students learn affectively? Resources to empower you and your learners!
After our introductory week, we will explore how affect can be lived through a myriad of activities using everyday and readily available resources such as playdoh, buttons, coins, handkerchiefs, plastic letters, flashcards, pictures, games, among many others. Special focus will be given to the role of listening, validating, and sharing.

Week 3
How can I unleash my learners’ creativity and fantasy through play? Storytelling and puppeteering to spark learning!
Storytelling and puppeteering connect us to ancient human rituals of listening and learning. Here we will dig into ways of promoting multi-sensorial experiences that make students get in touch and live the language and multiple possibilities present in stories and plays. We will also check some activities that will allow students to play collectively with the language they are learning.

Week 4
How can I make writing and grammar enjoyable and meaningful? Concepts and practices to get your students’ written language right!
Writing and grammar can be lived in meaningful and empowering ways when we used as a personal means of expression and ideas are shared with the wider community. Come learn and share activities and project ideas that will get your students willing to sit down, write, review, and publish their texts.

Juan Uribe

Juan Uribe is a teacher and a teacher educator who has researched, taught, and shared affective language learning since 1994. He is the founding director of Juan Uribe Ensino Afetivo, a language school for young learners, where children learn English affectively through play, games, storytelling, and puppeteering.

His focus is on empowering language teachers to create rich learning environments in which young learners are truly engaged, motivated, and energized. Juan has been in an amazing journey visiting language schools for children around the world where he has both conducted teacher development programs as well as enchanted young audiences with Buddy the Frog.

Juan holds a Bachelors degree in Education from the Catholic University in São Paulo (PUC-SP) and a Masters in Education in Human Development and Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. He writes a blog called Children Learning English Affectively.