Welcome to A great place to grow - the new professional development space designed to help improve knowledge and skills for teaching very young learners, all at a speed and time that works for you.
You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your own skills and knowledge, through dedicated webinars delivered by ELT experts, articles and podcasts, as well as collect well-designed teaching aids to help you teach confidently. So delve in! Choose the materials you want to download, check the interactive booklets we’ve prepared for you. It’s as simple and convenient as that!
Doodle Town Second Edition offers a deeper exploration of global values. Stories, songs and new animated videos teach positive values and have all been designed to develop social and emotional skills, making children’s first contact with the language playful, enjoyable and memorable. By celebrating values, we also create community and celebrate each and every student in our class.
SCHOOL READINESS HANDBOOK
It is important to have a way of evaluating and assessing each individual child in order to establish how “ready” they are for formal schooling. The Doodle Town School Readiness Handbook aims to help teachers evaluate and assess each child, by providing information relating to the seven main areas of development in the early years. This handbook also includes tips and ideas on how to promote learning and provide additional support within each area of development.
School Readiness Progress Checklists allow teachers to monitor progress each month or term. By using the progress checklists, teachers can quickly identify how each child is developing, where the gaps are, and what to work toward. Download a sample of a Language Progress Checklist.
QUICK TIPS GUIDE FOR TEACHERS
Doodle Town Second Edition is packed with stories, songs and animated videos that teach positive values, build key social and emotional skills and make the language learning experience fun and memorable.
QUICK TIPS GUIDE FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS
If you’re wondering how best to encourage the parents to practice English with their children at home, this short guide is full of practical tips and ideas you can share with them.
EFFECTIVE HOME-SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
Does your school already have a communication strategy in place? If not, don’t worry. This article is full of ideas and suggestions to make you feel more confident about setting up your own, including ways to make the best use of technology. If your school already has a strategy, why not read these top tips to ensure you are getting the most out of it? There may be some suggestions that you’d like to try.
PHONICS IN PRE-PRIMARY: A GREAT PLACE TO START
Webinar by Lorena Peimbert
Teaching young children how to read and write might seem challenging, especially when they are learning English as a second language. But don’t worry. This webinar shows you concrete steps to introduce them to phonics as well as useful classroom practices and games to make this process fun!
TEACHING PHONICS TO YOUNG LEARNERS
Phonics is a method for teaching children how to read and write in English. However, for a young child who is learning English as a second language, learning to read and write in English is the final part of the process.
- Why is it important to listen to the music of the language first?
- How can we learn all those sounds?
- What types of games can you play?
A MESSAGE STRAIGHT FROM THE EDITOR'S HEART
Have you ever wondered who creates those amazing courses or what it is like to work as a course book editor? Meet Deb Durant - one of the editors of Doodle Town Second Edition! She will not only guide you through all the new features of this edition, but also spark your enthusiasm with some behind-the-scenes trivia!
Watch the 5-minute video which will give you a taste of what is new and exciting about the new edition!