Teaching young learners through the magic of Disney

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Disney’s adventures have been capturing the imagination of children for almost a century. So, how can you harness the magic of Disney in your English classroom? 

Pearson English and Disney have been working together for almost twenty years to help children around the world learn English. 

Our courses use Disney themes and characters to spark your students’ interests. Disney’s captivating artwork, animations and stills from live action films make lessons unforgettable. Most importantly, your young learners will love learning English alongside their favorite characters.

What’s more, each course draws on real-life learning. The course materials make your lessons easy to plan and adapt – and are designed to help students to develop core language skills as well as Future Skills such as building self-awareness, social awareness, persistence and growth.

Young learners learn key values and lessons for their own social development. And, all the Pearson Disney courses are mapped to the GSE, with a robust pedagogical foundation for measurable progress and clear learning goals. 

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The Disney Day webinar program

At the Pearson English Disney Day, our teaching experts will share their insights and techniques for successful lessons with young learners in a series of webinars. Let’s take a look at what each webinar will offer: 

1. Introducing My Disney Stars and Friends!

Presented by Kasia Janitz-De La Rue, this session will examine the key elements needed to make your English classes a hit with very young learners. Kasia will look at how to motivate your students and get them working well together, using examples from Pearson’s new pre-primary series My Disney Stars and Friends.

Date: September 29, 2021 

Time: 8:00am–8:45am BST 

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Date: September 29, 2021 

Time: 3:00pm–3:45pm BST 

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2. Bringing reading into the classroom with Disney Kids Readers

Rachel Wilson, the series editor of the Disney Kids Readers program, will host this webinar about the importance of reading in the classroom. The positive impact of reading can last long beyond the primary years, so Rachel will be sharing the ways that you can encourage your students to build a healthy reading habit, alongside some practical techniques for using readers in the classroom.

Date: September 29, 2021 

Time: 9:00am–9:45am BST

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Date: September 29, 2021 

Time: 4:00pm–4:45pm BST

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3. Teaching shared values in the young learners’ classroom

This practical workshop is hosted by Donatella Fitzgerald, whose areas of expertise include CLIL and teaching young learners. She will examine how the themes of Disney stories can provide a springboard to teaching key values to your young learners, helping them to develop social skills and become global citizens. She’ll share example activities and ideas which you can use in class. 

Date: September 29, 2021 

Time: 10:00am–10:45am BST

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Date: September 29, 2021 

Time: 5:00pm–5:45pm BST 

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4. Routines and classroom management for very young learners

It’s important to build positive associations with learning English for your youngest students. So, how can you help very young children feel happy and confident in your classroom? This webinar, hosted by teaching expert Jeanne Perrett, will focus on practical techniques for organizing and managing a class of young learners. She will share ideas for circle time, classroom games, and the use of books and workbooks, along with suggestions for miming, singing, chanting and simple craft work. 

Date: September 29, 2021 

Time: 11:00am–11:45am BST 

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Date: September 29, 2021 

Time: 6:00pm–6:45pm BST 

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Our Disney Day webinars will inspire you with lots of fresh ideas and creative solutions for your young learners classes, so make sure you sign up today! 

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If you’re inspired to use Disney Kids Readers in your classroom, learn how to choose the right graded reader to develop your young learners’ reading skills. 

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