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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
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If you are unable to join the class without scholarship support from iTDi,
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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
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.
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.
How can my students learn affectively? Resources to empower you and your
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.
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
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 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
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