Developing Confident Talking in Early Years
Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia:
May 12 – 13, 2014
Staff in Nursery, Preschool and Early Elementary Schools
8.30 – 15.30
Many children are confident talkers at home, but may need extra support to join in with groups in school. These children may be ‘reluctant talkers’ due to shyness, high sensitivity, introversion or in some extreme cases, selective mutism. Children learning a second language or with additional learning needs also need support to fully participate in groups, to develop friendships, and to promote optimum learning.
This course explores reasons for children becoming ‘reluctant talkers’ in early years settings, and looks at practical strategies and activities that will benefit all young children’s language development and learning.
This course includes lectures with audio visual presentation, discussions and practical workshops.
Michael Jones has over 30 years’ experience as a Speech and Language Therapist, teacher, and trainer. Michael has taken part in action research involving practical methods to support children’s language development, and has written extensively on the subject, including articles for magazines and academic journals.
Michael leads practical training across the UK and abroad. He led two successful speaking tours of Thailand in 2006 and 2007, including for staff in international schools and kindergartens, and talks for parents, student teachers and medical students. He led highly successful training for Knowledge Source Institute in Bangkok in 2013 (workshop feedback).
Michael has a particular interest in supporting children who are quiet and anxious in school.
Michael’s books: Let’s Get Talking! Supporting Quiet Children and Let’s Talk About Maths! are
published by Lawrence Educational. For more information about these, and other aspects of
Michael’s work, visit www.talk4meaning.co.uk
At the end of the course, participants will have increased understanding of:
• Why children are quiet in early years settings
• Practical strategies and activities for helping them enjoy participating and ‘finding their voice’ in groups
• Practical strategies for working with the parents of ‘reluctant talkers’
• Activities to support all children’s language and social development, including:
– Bringing storytime to life
– Linking small world play and mark making
– Helping children talk with each other
– Sharing books with children to maximise children’s involvement and language
Exploring shyness, high sensitivity, introversion and selective mutism in children and how this influences their social skills and language development. Helping children during the ‘silent phase’ of learning an additional language. Practical strategies to build children’s confidence as talkers in groups. Strategies for linking home and your setting, to increase children’s confidence as talkers when away from home.
Practical activities to support all children’s social skills and language, with particular reference to how adults organise and lead groups. Practical and fun activities to increase children’s participation at storytime and other adult led activities. Activities to support children to talk with each other. Practical activities linking language, mark making and small world play.
Course fee: USD 590 per participant
Early Bird: USD 545 per participant if you send in your reservation form before March 7, 2014
Reduced Fee: For every 4 participants applying together from a school, the 5th participant is free.
The course fee is inclusive of certificate, materials, coffee breaks and lunch.
Step 1: Fill out the Workshop Reservation Form (link). The final date for sending in this form is
April 4, 2014
Step 2: Our office will send you/your coordinating staff the invoice upon receipt of the form.
Step 3: You/your coordinating staff will submit the Payment Completion Form
Workshop Coordinator: Mr. Navin Pawa
Phone (Thailand): 66 81 701 6843; 66 81 846 5770
Developing Confident Talking in Early Years October 2013 Bangkok, Thailand
“Michael is very knowledgeable which is clear in his approach.”
Bromsgrove International School Thailand
“Michael is an engaging speaker and has wonderful knowledge of his area of expertise. Fantastic day!”
St. Andrew’s International School Thailand
“Really enjoyed it and benefitted from all the ideas.”
German European School
Developing Confident Talking in Early Years