From Better Speaking To Better Listening


Educo presents a free training workshop for teachers of English language in public, private and private schools of all levels. Participation is limited and registration is mandatory.

The workshop will reveal the secret of successful English language pronunciation learning and teaching! The good news is that this is not technical or complicated. Mr Parker will quickly establish with you the typical components of an English language pronunciation syllabus and then discuss with you the order in which we might want to teach these elements and the relative priorities that they deserve. He will then go on to clarify the important connection in English between grammar and pronunciation with a particular focus on the grammatically determined role of stress in normal speech. This will lead to a consideration of some of the differences between a stress-timed language like English and a syllable-timed language like Italian. He’ll go on to discuss and if possible demonstrate some teaching techniques and awareness-raising procedures which can usefully be integrated into everyday lessons. In summary, he will be describing a simple but neglected aspect of the pronunciation of English which will have long-term benefits for learners and future users of English both in terms of their pronunciation but also – as an important bonus – improving their listening confidence.

February 21st – IC “Mattarella” Viale Piersanti Mattarella, 145 Modena
February  22nd – Istituto Comprensivo “San Biagio” Via Celso Cicognani, 8 RAVENNA
February 23rd – Scuola Primaria “Anna Frank” Via Alessandro e Luigino Tandura, 3 TREVISO
February  24th – Bergamo

To participate please send the completed entry form you find on Educo website to

14:30 – 15:00 Registration
15:00 – 17:00 Workshop
17:00 – 17:15 Coffee Break
17:15 – 18:30 Workshop and conclusions

Ray has been involved in English Language Teaching since graduating in Hispanic Studies in the late 60’s. The bulk of his time is now devoted to teacher education and training teacher trainers. He has taught, trained and examined teachers in 34 countries and coauthored a well-known teachers’ textbook on the phonology and pronunciation of English and a course book published in Italy. In his career, he has been a teacher, Director of Studies, College Principal, Senior Lecturer, Director of Language Examinations, Inspector of English Language Schools and consultant. His focus now lies with teacher training and ELT project management with a particular interest in in-service professional development for non-native English speaking teachers and in the development of confidence about English Language systems in native speaker teachers. Recent years have seen him helping to manage and deliver major teacher training initiatives in Africa and Asia.


Teach English Through Drama And Motivational Activities


Educo is proud to introduce a funny and powerful 4 day training event with fantastic Romina Tappi.

Emotion is the engine, drama is the vehicle!

EDUCO’s methodology follows the theories (and results) of many accredited linguists and classroom practitioners. This workshop will explore these theories using scripts, songs and drama based language activities, with emotions as the engine and drama techniques as the vehicle. Using Educo’s holistic approach to learning, TEATRINO has for many years entertained and motivated students through T.I.E. TEATRINO puts into practice the theory that second language teaching should focus on encouraging ‘natural’ acquisition and providing input that emotionally stimulates the learner. The experience is memorable because the students are emotionally involved and having fun! With TEATRINO students acquire the linguistic skills they need for communication without realizing they are learning. Drama is a learning medium rooted in a child’s experience of play and has a fundamental and valid place as a powerful ESL teaching tool. Educational practices and developments are definitely a ‘work in progress’, so lose your inhibitions, have fun, and Aspire to Inspire!

1. Physical and vocal warm-ups
2. Phonetics exercises: fluency, intonation, pronunciation, rhythm, volume
3. Exercises in paralinguistic communication, mime and body language
4. Using Drama as a teaching tool
5. Music and songs in the classroom
6. Action and grammar games
7. Story telling techniques
8. Using emotional involvement in the classroom
9. How to set up an English Show
10. How to motivate students


08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 12:30 Warm-up & workshops
12:30 – 14:30 lunch and break
14:30 – 18:30 Workshops
18:30 – 19:30 Break
20:00 – Deenner & Free Time

Romina Tappi (Educo Artistic Director)
Romina has been the Artistic Director of TEATRINO for the last 17 years and a Teacher Trainer for just as long. As a graduate of the School of Creative Arts, Wollongong University (Australia) her training and skill set has been put to good use, working both behind the scenes and centre stage under the spot light. Born in Italy but growing up in Australia, Romina brings a bilingual conversion of culture to the mix, with a work history in theatre, tv, radio, music performance and drama teaching. During her time in Italy, she’s written 10 variations of popular fairytales with original scores and songs, not to mention hundreds of theatrical sketches, workshops and didactic materials for actors, tutors and teachers. She’s trained thousands of facilitators including; tutors and camp directors for English summer camps; actors from around the globe for T.I.E. tours; teachers of English in various countries from all scholastic levels. She’s been invited to speak at numerous ESL conferences over the years and has been directly involved in both European and International projects with Italian students and teachers. Aspire to Inspire has always been her motto!

Choose the course near you and check out details of dates and costs on Educo website.

February 24-27 – Hotel Ambasciatori Viale Vespucci 22 Marina Centro – Rimini
March 3-6 – Hotel San Giorgio Via Prenestina, 31 Fiuggi (FR)
March 10-13 – Grand Hotel Villa Itria Via Antonio Aniante, Viagrande (CT)

The course is limited to a maximum of 30 participants. For information:, tel 0184.1956219.
Online registration on Educo website:



ENGLISH EVERYWHERE with Professor Paolo Balboni



qwesaPuntolingue Teachers’Club and Educo are pleased to announce a major training event  with Professor Balboni for english teachers both of private and public pre-primary, primary and first grade schools.

Paolo Balboni is an Italian linguist, university professor and glottodidactic scholar, author of essays for the teaching of foreign languages ​​and manuals of Italian L2. He is currently President of the Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes, Director of the Language Teaching Center of the prestigious Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice and President of ANILS.

In his speech, Professor Balboni,  will focus on all the elements useful to the teacher to encourage an emotional approach to teaching English, focusing on the interaction between teacher and learner and on how this approach can be valuable for learning.

The event will take place in different cities across Italy. Check out details of times and dates on Educo website.

January 12th – Comune di Salerno – Sala del Gonfalone, via Roma Salerno.
January 13th – Università LUMSA (aule 4-5) p.zza Vaschette, 101 – Roma
January 22nd – IPSEOA “PIETRO D’ABANO” via Monteortone, 9 Abano Terme (PD)
February 28th – Liceo Scientifico Copernico via Ferruccio Garavaglia, 11 Bologna

To participate you must fill in the entry form you find on Educo website and send it to In order to obtain the attendance certificate through S.O.F.I.A., you will also have to register on the platform .




Teach English Through Drama and Motivational Activities

ouyhgbnFollowing the most recent theories of psycholinguistics and language teaching, the course “Teach English Through Drama and  Motivational Activities” focuses on the humanistic aspects and affective learning. Through R.E.A.L. approach (Rational Emotional Affective Learning) the teacher transforms traditional lessons in an engaging event, capable of instilling in students the motivation to learn the proposed language content.

The course is held mainly in english and aims to

  • Show the techniques to widen your creativity to apply it in teaching.
  • Emphasize the creative potential of verbal language and non-verbal communication
  • Provide practical examples of songs and interactive games for replication in the classroom to teach in a fun way vocabulary, phonetics, structures and functions.
  • Provide the techniques to create, independently, drama and games with purpose and content teaching.
  • Analyze the role of the teacher in the interpersonal relationship with students and group dynamics in the teaching-learning process following the emotional humanistic approach. Continue reading “Teach English Through Drama and Motivational Activities”

Teaching Essential Skills For The 21st Century Seminar


We are pleased to invite you to the seminar TEACHING SKILLS ESSENTIAL FOR THE 21st CENTURY with our Teacher Trainer Helen Graves.

The course is aimed at teachers of English in Primary and Secondary School, dates and locations are the following:

7 Novembre –SALERNO Puntolingue – P.zza Vittorio Veneto–Binario 1 Stazione FS (Primary school)
8 Novembre –NAPOLI Puntolingue- Vittorio Emanuele 2–Stazione FS Mergellina (Secondary School)
9 Novembre – SALERNO Puntolingue – P.zza Vittorio Veneto–Binario 1 Stazione FS (Secondary School)
10 Novembre –NAPOLI Puntolingue – Vittorio Emanuele 2–Stazione FS Mergellina (Primary school)
11 Novembre – BENEVENTO Istituto “Federico Torre” – Via Nicola Sala 32 (Secondary School)

Enclosed is the program with the registration form. To confirm your participation please complete and return the registration form to or by fax to 0898424322.

The training is free, in the end participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Enrolment form