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Teaching-EFL-to-Young Learners

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Teaching EFL to Young Learners 





Hands-on session for teachers of English to Young Learners and Teens from around the world. The session focuses on activities that engage young learners. Teachers will use Flip and Poodll for speaking, limited resource classroom activities, board games, and storybook reading improvisational play activity.


Target audience:

Teachers, parents, caregivers, and everyone involved, irrespective of context or degree of experience. 


Session objectives: 

By the end of this workshop, participants will have: 

  • discussed challenges and activities involved in teaching EFL to young learners.
  • discussed methods of teaching young learners via Flip, Videos, Arts & Crafts; Games; Improvisational Play Online.
  • created activities using Flip, arts & crafts; board games; story reading/improvisational play.
  • discussed student collaboration
  • engaged with peer and moderator video tutorials and video recordings of the live meetings using Annoto in the discussions.
  • recorded their voices using PoodLL and recorder using their audio and webcam directly from the editor 
  • added their reflections and feedback of the session on Voki.
  • created video tutorials using screen recorders to document their work.   



Week 1: (January 9 - 15)

Getting acquainted with the each other, the course layout, and the tools

Lead Moderator: Nellie Deutsch

In week 1, participants will

  • become familiar with the course layout 
  • get acquainted with the other members of TEFL2YL EVO23
  • get acquainted with the tools:
    • Voki https://voki.com to create and introduce themselves with an avatar.  
    • Wakelet to add and share their work (videos, audios, images, and text)
    • Poodle (on the Moodle LMS) to record themselves within the editor of the session. 
    • Annoto (on the Moodle LMS) to collaborate and respond and reply to the videos. 
    • Screencast-o-maticFlipVimeo to create the introductory videos.
  • read current research-based articles, annotate, and take notes using Amanote (https://amanote.com 
  • discuss challenges involved in teaching EFL to young learners
  • create activities based on the tools  


Week 2: (January 16 - 22)

Creating Context in the TEFL Classroom: Upcycling Workspace  

Lead Moderator: Sheryl A. McCoy

In week 2, participants will:

  • Prepare for a "First Day": How do we improve student learning by implementing contextual expression of appropriate, individual learning.
  • Learn how to create context in EFL learning by Upcycling. Consider and Summarize what was learned about the theory . 
  • View examples from websites or other media, as well as describe or show what an effective Upcycling Workspace can be.
  • Create a sample Upcycling Workspace and develop a particular learning context for EFL learning in the Moodle. Use Screen Cast-O-Matic or Vimeo to record progress.
  • Use Wakelet to feature creations, ideas, and samples.


Week 3: (January 23 - 29)

Bringing A Book to Life with improvisational play online!

Lead Moderator: Judy Wong

In week 4, participants will:

  • Discuss the challenges of keeping your students engaged online.
  • Learn how to bring a book to life with improvisational play online via Zoom.
  • Learn tips & tricks to navigate the Zoom platform and keep your students engaged.
  • Synchronously engage in an online group reading /improvisational play activity via Zoom to practice what participants learned.


Week 4: (January 30 - February 5)

BoardGames in the EFL Classroom

Lead Moderator: Nives Torresi

In week 4, participants will: 

  • Study & Comment on the Theory behind the use of BoardGames in the EFL Classroom as a means to enhance and motivate learning the English language.
  • View various websites that provide creation of BoardGames related to learning Verbs, Adjectives, Basic Grammar structures.
  • Learn and discuss how to use BoardGames in the classroom.
  • Create an artifact (game, video tutorial, site, document, slideshow) of the week's activity and sharing in the moodle site for the week.
  • Use Wakelet to showcase all the week's activities and follow each other's channels.  Visit last year's Wakelet HERE


Week 5: (February 6 - 12)

Wrap-up GoBrunch meeting and reflections on Flip (FlipGrid)

Lead Moderator: Nellie Deutsch

In week 5, participants will showcase their work and reflect.

  • They will create videos to showcase their work using Screencast-o-matic/Vimeo or Flip (FlipGrid) 
  • Add the videos on their individual Wakelet platform.
  • Share the link of their Wakelet with the rest of the participants.  
  • Take the final survey for EVO23
  • Fill in the feedback form for TEFL2YL. 



Participants will be expected to have the basic skills necessary to facilitate communication via an online discussion group.


Technical Requirements

  • Microphone
  • Webcam


Session Communication Tools

  • Moodle Learning Management System (LMS)
  • GoBrunch
  • ZOOM 


Technology tools:    

  1. Vimeo https://vimeo.com
  2. Screencast-o-matic https://screencast-o-matic.com 
  3. Voki https://www.voki.com 
  4. Wakelet https://wakelet.com
  5. Flip (Flipgrid) https://flipgrid.com 
  6. Amanote (annotating tool) in the Moodle session https://amanote.com
  7. Annoto on the Moodle LMS for participants to engage with the videos. 
  8. PoodLL and Recorder on the editor of the session https://poodll.com



Join this session: 
Registration Jan. 1-8, 2023

For participants to join this session:  


  1. Go to http://integrating-technology.org
  2. Log in the first and each time by clicking on one of the following social icons: Login in with Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Microsoft 
  3. Enrol in https://integrating-technology.org/course/view.php?id=261



If you need further help on how to log in, please watch the following video:

How to Sign Up and Login (video)




Sponsoring organizations

Name / date of approval

 Jane Chien, Chair / December 1, 2022






Canada  Immersive Technologies (IMT) MSc program of the Department of Computer Science of the 

International Hellenic University





NellieDeutsch (Ed.D) has taught EFL in K-12 and higher education and has applied CALL since 1992.  She offers free online professional development programs on Moodle for Teachers. She combines learner autonomy team peer-based learning with technology and mindfulness. She’s the co-chair elect of TESOL CALL-IS & leads EVO23 coordination team. 








Pittsburg State University

continuing  2021

Sheryl holds BS and MS degrees, as well as additional courses and training in three  integrated learning areas: STEM, English Language Arts, Psychology and Social Science areas. She believes that learning belongs in the life path of students. She’s gathered a cornucopia of Special Education courses, learning, and training.



nives_torresi@hotmail.com  Italy 

Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia

continuing 2021

Nives Torresi teaches Conversation & English Drama; English Exam Preparation (Cambridge FCE & PET) at Classical Studies High School (Italy), Erasmus+, eTwinning Projects; Business English; ESP for Tertiary Technical Institute. She translates from Italian to English (specializing in Business Manuals, Historical archives & Medical papers), works as Interpreter and Mediator for Business negotiations.

Wong, Judy



New School for Public Engagement

 continuing 2021 

“We are teachers as well as students and our students are our teachers” Judy is a professional performing & visual artist with over 60 years experience, a published writer and an educator specializing in TESOL with over 40 years experience teaching 3 through 80 yr old students.




Primary Contact 


Name of Lead Moderator: Nellie Deutsch

Email address: nellie.muller.deutsch@gmail.com



Terms of Agreement (to be completed by Lead Moderators; please confirm by writing “I agree” in each item.)

Terms of Agreement for EVO Session Lead Moderators


  1. As Lead Moderator of my EVO session, I am responsible for making sure that first-time moderators in the session register for MOD PD on or before the due date (Oct. 16, 2022).

 I agree
  1. As Lead Moderator of my EVO session, I am responsible for making sure that first-time moderators participate actively in MOD PD Oct. 16 - Nov. 13, 2022.

 I agree
  1. As Lead Moderator of my EVO session, I affirm that moderators found lacking in completing the expectations and tasks in MOD PD will be removed from the session.

 I agree 
  1. I am available to engage actively in the EVO session I have agreed to co-moderate between January 9 and February 12, 2023. 

 I agree
  1. I further understand that 

  • EVO sessions are free of advertising and commercial sponsorship;

  • EVO sessions are free and open to all;

  • No academic credit will be given for participation in EVO session.

 I agree




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