Teachers can receive updates on new content on LearnEnglish Kids, share ideas with teachers around the world, contact the LearnEnglish Kids team and encourage parents to keep in touch with the site. Here’s how:
You’ll find lots of links and updates about activities to do with your students. You can also exchange activities, experiences and ideas with thousands of other teachers around the world. The LearnEnglish Kids Facebook page is a good place to look for instant classroom ideas using the content on LearnEnglish Kids. New site content is regularly posted here by the LearnEnglish Kids team. You can comment on activities that you have used in class, read what other teachers say about the materials and ask for advice about teaching young learners.
If you already use Twitter, then following LearnEnglish Kids is another way to be kept up to date with what’s happening on a very regular basis. If you’re new to Twitter you might like to read these articles on getting started with Twitter and using Twitter to build a personal learning network (PLN) for sharing resources and ideas:
- Twitter: the global staffroom by Graham Stanley: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/britishcouncilturkey/twitter-global-staffroom-graham-stanley-guest-post
- What’s a PLN, why build one and how? Part 1: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/nikpeachey/what%E2%80%99s-a-pln-why-build-one-how-part-1
- Here’s a video explaining how to join and use Twitter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0xbjIE8cPM&feature=related
There are links to our Facebook page and Twitter account at the bottom of the LearnEnglish Kids home page.
Do the parents of your students ever ask you how they can help their child with English at home? Get parents actively involved in their children’s learning by pointing them in the direction of the LearnEnglish Kids parents’ page and suggesting that they join the parents’ forum. You can find the parent section and the forum by clicking on the purple ‘parents’ symbol on the top right-hand side of the LearnEnglish Kids home page.
The forum is a space for parents (and teachers) to share ideas, ask for advice about their children's learning and discuss issues related to children learning English. The LearnEnglish Kids team also respond to contributions posted in the forum.
Recent forum topics include Internet safety, multi-lingual children, improving pronunciation, helping children with specific needs and how to get started helping your child develop their language skills at home.
To contribute to the forum, first you need to register as a member. You can register as either a parent or a teacher. Just take a few minutes to complete the registration form.
- Parents: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/user/register/parents
- Teachers: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/user/register/teachers
The LearnEnglish Kids newsletter for parents and teachers is sent out every month with news of the latest content on the site. If there are more materials on the TeachingEnglish site for teachers of young learners then we’ll tell you about that too. There’s a link to subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of the LearnEnglish Kids home page. When you register on the site you also get the option to tick the box to subscribe to the newsletter.
Much of our website video content is available through our YouTube channel. There are lots of videos of children’s songs and stories and many more being added on a regular basis. Remember that in YouTube you can use the pause button to stop and start them, and our videos can be viewed full screen and in high definition.
- This video gives an overview of what’s available for learners, parents and teachers on LearnEnglish Kids http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX-PellL00s&feature=player_profilepage
It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the TeachingEnglish site and follow blogs from Young Learner ELT specialists from the UK and other teachers around the world from a variety of teaching backgrounds.
FAQs and Email
If you have a question about LearnEnglish Kids you might find the answer on the Frequently Asked Questions page so please check this section before sending us your message.
We read all the messages sent to us but we can’t always answer every individual enquiry for information, advice or English language help. However, all relevant enquiries about the site do receive a reply within a couple of days. You can click on the ‘contact us’ link right at the bottom of each page to send us an email, or contact us with this online form. http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/contact
Comments and feedback from teachers and parents really help to make LearnEnglish Kids a great site for all users and are much appreciated so don’t forget to keep in touch!
By Sally Trowbridge
When you have tried some of these ways of keeping in touch why not come back to this page and leave a comment below to tell us what you tried and what you find most useful. Let us know what you think.
You can send feedback on anything you’ve used on LearnEnglish Kids here: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/contact
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