January 31, 2014

Certificate in Affective Language Learning (CALL)


"People do not care how much you know, 
until they know how much you care."
Theodore Roosevelt

The Affective Language Learning Certificate was created to empower educators with postures and practices that foster caring, supporting, and energizing language learning environments. The course is the result of over 20 years living, studying, discussing, and sharing how positive emotions boost students' self-esteem, confidence, and motivation to learn a foreign language.

The Certificate is offered in two versions: 

The Short Certificate is a two-day course composed of four or six workshops that will allow your staff to experience how affective language learning happens in theory and practice. Workshops in this course usually include affective language learning, holistic language techniques, storytelling, puppeteering, and affective resources. 

The Long Certificate is a four-day course composed of eight or twelve workshops with the objective of going deeper in both theory and practice. This course is for schools that would like to have affective language learning as a strong market differential. The content can be created through a mix and match of different themes according to the needs the school is facing. 

These are the themes that I am currently offering: 

Affective Language Learning: how can language teachers promote learning through the integration of emotion, cognition, and language? In this session we will learn, experience, and discuss how presence, communication, respect, and power sharing can create effective learning environments. Check a post about it. 

Holistic Language Techniques: here we learn how the language teacher can respond to students’ linguistic demands through success-oriented interactions that promote pleasure, spontaneity, and language ownership from the early stages with very young learners to advanced fluency with pre-teens. Check a post about them. 

Affective Classroom Management: which pedagogical practices bring harmony and productivity to the language class? Here we will go deep in pedagogical practices that foster community building, student engagement, and language ownership. Check a post about one technique. 

Play in Affective Language Learning: language learning is playing with ideas, words, and sounds. In a playful environment we will experience how different play types can be incorporated in language learning to promote creativity, freedom, and language ownership. Check a post about play. 

Proactive Discipline Management: discipline management can be seen as a chess game instead of a tug of war when issues are seen through a different paradigm. In this session we will explore how ecological factors, antecedents strategies, and behavioral approaches can prevent a great number of indiscipline problems from happening. Check a post about it. 

Affective Family Involvement: in this session we will explore how different communication channels can build parent awareness and engagement in participating and recognizing their children’s development. Check a post about it. 

Relaxing, Warm ups, and Wrap ups: here we will learn over a 100 hundred short activities that relax, concentrate, and energize young learners in different moments of the class. Check a post about it. Check a post about it. 

 Affective Resources for Language Learning: here we will explore, practice, and create how cards, rods, pictures, games, and jazz chants can be used affectively with young learners. Check a post about it. 

Storytelling and Affective Language Learning: here we will experience, discuss, and practice how  stories can be lived affectively and effectively to promote language learning with young learners. Check a post about it.   

Puppeteering and Affective Language Learning: puppets allow students to use, create, experience language in different realities. The spontaneity, creativity, and pride lived in the process boost student motivation and language learning. In this session we will build your own puppets, practice manipulative techniques, and explore a great number of ways in which puppets can be invited to class. Check a post about it. 

Methodology:  I believe that the more we get to know each other and I get to know the group, the better the dynamics of the certificate will be. In order to get to know your school’s needs I usually send a questionnaire and then have a follow up Skype talk to close content and process details. In order to maximize discussion time, relevant texts and videos are sent together with some questions for participants to come ready to think, discuss, and create new educational possibilities for their setting (flipped learning). Sessions are designed in a way that participants can experience both content and process (loop input) and attention is brought to the different steps that we are living together.

 Check my global calendar to check if I will be anytime soon in your area!  

Meet your Affective Language Learning Educator! 

Juan Uribe is a teacher trainer, storyteller, and puppeteer, who has been involved with affective language learning since 1994. He founded a language school in São Paulo, Brazil, where children learn English affectively through stories, games, projects, and lots of play.

Juan has a Bachelors degree in Pedagogy from the Catholic University in São Paulo, a Masters in Education in Human Development and Applied Psychology from OISE at the University of Toronto, and an MBA from Insper São Paulo. 

Visit my profile to learn more about my trajectory as an Affective Language Learning Educator!

Read testimonials about courses that I have given. 

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