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:


Classroom Resources

10 Do’s and Don’ts for effective vocabulary

We know that there is a strong relationship between vocabulary and reading comprehension. Systematic vocabulary instruction must be an integral component of a K-12 comprehensive instructional framework. While there is no one correct way to teach vocabulary, common characteristics of effective vocabulary instruction have been documented in many professional journals and books. And yet, recent results for vocabulary reveal no significant change in vocabulary scores for 4th- and 8th-grade students. In short, we still have a long way to go to improve vocabulary instruction and student word learning. Effective vocabulary instruction across grade levels and content areas is key. Whether you implement vocabulary process or integrate digital tools into your instructional toolkit, the 10 Do’s and Don’ts highlighted in this infographic can help you drill down to the basics and strengthen your instruction. It can also set the stage for discussions to improve vocabulary instruction and word learning across classrooms in your setting.


Classroom Resources

What chemical elements would look like if they were people

We are certain that any subject, no matter how complicated, can be made interesting for children provided it’s explained in an accessible way. Take chemistry for example, which is often considered one of the toughest subjects for a child to learn at school. We suggest beginning with the most famous chemical elements and their characteristics.

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How do you sit behind the desk?


It may seem insignificant, but in class nothing is left to chance and therefore also sitting behind the desk can reveal a lot about the personality of a teacher.

You can say what a teacher is like by the way they touch objects or move around. In front of him or her, a teacher has the most demanding of audiences: students’ bionic eyes, attentive to minute details. The ones who first notice a change in your hairstyle, the only ones who notice an flawless make-up, or realize that you had a hard awakening.

And so in front of an audience like this, you must prepare with the same care that an actor uses to cope with the strict critic who will determine his or her success or failure tomorrow. With the same respect that a tenor shows his audience of experts who followed his appearance. With the same anxiety that accompanies a dancer in front of the watchful eyes of the teacher who notices the precision of movements of each part of his or her body.

Today there are (fortunately) new teachers and new ways of relating. But students are always there watching adults, scrutinizing them and deciding if they want to take them or not as an example.

How should a teacher sit behind the desk?

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Teacher stress and well being: Taking care of yourself so that you can take care of your students


‘Our teacher is always stressed. All he does is shout, shout, shout. He needs to calm down, stop taking it out on us’

I often hear this comment from children who are having problems with school. Pupils in school are very aware of the mental and physical state of their teachers. They seem to recognise the importance of well-being and stress management in learning. Do we?

Schools and teachers are usually very good at thinking about the well-being of their pupils. We consider ourselves to have a duty of care to our pupils. We do not usually think about our own well-being – until it is too late and we are sick. People who take on caring roles are often not good at looking after themselves. It is vital that we manage our own well-being, as we cannot manage pupils and learning if we cannot manage ourselves. Children come in every day to school and more or less do the same thing, sometimes having slightly better or worse days. What makes the difference is the reaction of the adults around them. Taking time to manage your stress is essential in order to teach effectively and to help students with their stress around learning.

Teachers’ feelings are important

Take a moment and think about all the feelings you had yesterday, from the time you got up in the morning, to the time you went to bed. What do you notice? Probably a roller-coaster of powerful, overwhelming feelings which can change dramatically in a second. You can be in the depths of despair one minute and then elated the next. Why is this? You were probably dealing with students all day who were experiencing wildly fluctuating emotions and trying to help everyone. Teaching is about managing relationships in an intense, public arena all day. Some emotions will be overwhelming and difficult to manage. They will not be helpful for teaching and learning. Continue reading “Teacher stress and well being: Taking care of yourself so that you can take care of your students”