Welcome to 'Creative resources for primary'
How will the course help me?
Inspire your primary learners by learning how to make high-quality resources out of creative and sustainable teaching materials. Develop your learners’ language and oral skills through effective use of resources such as flashcards, big books, and puppets.
What does the course include?
Creative resources for primary is a free self-study training course, which is divided into three hour modules. It also includes:
- A dedicated Facebook community of course participants with up-to-date insight, resources and innovative ideas for you to try out.
- Engaging discussions taking place in the Facebook community
- A free workbook with extra learning content and resources.
What will I learn?
- Module 1: Understanding flashcards for primary
The aim of this module is to demonstrate how flashcards can be made from recyclable materials. You'll have the chance to practise simple drawing techniques, and also have the opportunity to create flashcards and plan how to use them in your classes.
By the end of this module, you'll be able to:
-recognise the value of flashcards as a resource
-prepare quality flashcards from recyclable materials
-produce simple drawings
-use flashcards effectively to review and practise language.
- Module 2: Understanding picture books for primary
The aim of this module is to demonstrate the value of using picture books as a lower primary classroom resource and how they can be made from recycled materials. The module also looks at making zigzag books with learners and demonstrates how these can be used to develop language skills. Finally, throughout the module, you'll look at a variety of storytelling techniques you can use in the classroom.
By the end of this module you'll be able to:
-explain the value of big books as a resource
-identify a variety of storytelling techniques to introduce and practise language
-incorporate more storytelling techniques into your lessons
-make and use a 'big book' for your learners
-show your learners how to make a zigzag book
-use more storytelling techniques to practise language.
- Module 3: Understanding puppets and masks for primary
The aim of this module is to show how recyclable household and natural items can be used for making classroom resources such as puppets and masks. The advantages of using these resources are discussed, as well as activities to use with them which develop learners' oral skills.
By the end of the module, you'll be able to:
-describe the benefits of using puppets and masks in the primary classroom
-make masks and puppets using recyclable household materials
-show your learners how to make puppets and masks
-use puppets and masks to develop learners' oral skills
When is the course?
The course modules are open for self-study. Enrolment ends on 25 December 2023. The course closes on 31 December 2023.
How much does the course cost?
The course is free.
How can I get a certificate?
For participants who successfully complete all tasks and achieve a score of 60% or above in the online exercises, there will be a downloadable certificate of completion at the end of the course.
What level of English do I need?
Minimum CEFR B1
How do I sign up for the course?
Please follow the steps below carefully to access this free training course.
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- Step 1: Log in to your existing TeachingEnglish account or create a free TeachingEnglish account.
- Step 2: Enrol on your course
How do I access the course after I have enrolled?
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- Tap on ‘My courses’ to access your training.
Having problems accessing the course?
Please see our troubleshooting guide below if you are having problems accessing the course.
Support and troubleshooting
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Please let us know if you have any problems. Hope you enjoy the course!
Kindly tell me clearly i am getting my link to portfolio but in my course why its written in process after doing some units it appears..
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there is no portfolio icon in my account.
Hi Ms. Emy
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In case I can't watch the course the time that it is scheduled , is there a way I can watch afterwards?
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Hi! This is my first time enrolling a course, I'm not quite sure how this works but I hope this registers me for it.