Po uvodnem SoftEnglish webinarju nadaljujemo z izobraževanjem za vse, ki bi želeli izvedeti več o metodi SoftEnglish in kako pomagati tistim, ki imajo težave pri branju v angleščini.

Vabimo vas, da se udeležite spletnega tečaja How to teach English reading to students of all ages with Dyslexia. Tečaj bo obsegal 3 module - 12., 19. in 26. januar, po opravljenem izobraževanju pridobite certifikat. Prijavite se lahko na:, kjer so na voljo vse podrobne informacije.

Ne skrbite, če se katerega modula ne boste mogli udeležiti, se izobraževanje snema in posnetek prejmete naknadno.

Pohitite, do 8. januarja je čas za hitro prijavo, early birds dobijo še igro SoftEnglish po svoji izbiri.
Za več informacij in podroben program tečaja lahko pišite na [email protected] ali [email protected].
We are finally making some progress in the third year in which I am teaching this year. I won't lie. I have often wanted to quit. The output is so slow and they so often make mistakes when speaking, when I have not had this problem the previous years. Some still make mistakes like "I am blue" although we have had countless games, help within the groups. At this point, they still work in the original group from September because they have finally started to see how they can help each other. It still often feels that 45 minutes are just not enough for this group. They are currently finishing the project "about me" and we will slowly move to the book "Roar" in order for me to consciously start to implement what you have been teaching us at the last seminar. I hope I can make it work, although it is still winter. I would really wish to invite you to have a lesson with them to see what can be done and where I can improve, Mija. Have a great rest of the January!

Language school for our youngest.

Operating as usual

Content-based Instruction for Young Foreign Language Learning 12/04/2021

Content-based Instruction for Young Foreign Language Learning

The first of three articles (manual on the PBA) is published online in the HLT Magazine. You're welcome to read it ...

Content-based Instruction for Young Foreign Language Learning Mija Selič is a teacher, teacher trainer and the owner of C00lSch00l private language school. She is an innovator in finding new ways of teaching and in developing teaching materials for very young language learners. She has a master’s degree in primary teaching and a degree in English. She also ...

[03/10/21]   I'm taking a break from sharing PBAideas. Judging by the lack of comments, I don't think anyone is actiually following the PBA model.
I wish you all the best ...

Photos from Cl-Scl's post 21/01/2021

CoolSchool had prolonged Xmas holidays, but we're back now.
All of you, who participated in one of the C00lSch00l workshops know that introducing time concept to children is part of the project approach. One way of doing it is through the story and the other one is through the introductory routine when checking the list of attendance. At every lesson, the children write down the date and thus read the numbers. For example 21.1.2021 is twenty-one dot one dot twenty twenty-one. In the 3rd grade (age 8) we start with English dates and thus we introduce ordinal numbers. Racing animals activity is extremely handy for that ... Children uncover the animals hidden behind the coloured ovals and place them on the winner's podium ...


Santa has sent a secret message to my pupils ...

Santa has sent a secret message to my 2nd grade children ... We're going to decode it at our online lesson. All children need is a dice to move in the maze and when stumble upon a question, they'll need to answer it. The answer uncovers one part of the covered message ...


Santa has sent a secret message to my 2nd grade children ... We're going to decode it at our online lesson. All children need is a dice to move in the maze and when stumble upon a question, they'll need to answer it. The answer uncovers one part of the covered message ...


Webinar - Early language learning

We will be talking about children's developmental specifics and how to address them in Early Language Learning. You can have a glimpse into its content ... The Webinar is free of charge but will be held in Slovene language.

You can sign up here:


This is our 2nd grade online Maze Game. Each child (you can have groups of children) needs to collect all four coloured questions and move them in their chambers. Of course, the answers needed to be correct, only then could they be moved.
The questions are focused on the two projects (stories) we have covered.


We played ONLINE BINGO and the kids (5-8) were thrilled, some even asked me to repeat the game.

We covered the stories from our two projects, addressing selective listening while at the same time practicing colours and numbers:

Children received a bingo template, each child a different one (see the pics). When online, I shared the screen, so they could see the numbers (or colours) and the templates. I asked children (in turns) to give me the No (or the colour) of his/her choosing, and I searched among the sentences for the matching number (or colour) that I have numbered (or coloured) prior to playing. Then I read the sentence to them.
Children needed to understand the description and find the matching picture. If finding it, they crossed it out ...



How to Catch a Falling Star

I've opened a new story for children aged 5-8. Short, but cute.

[11/18/20]   Appeal to the teachers: I'm posting film clips for online teaching. There is currently not much interest from the teachers on giving your opinion, like how or if they could be used in your classroom, what is that miss in them, how it could be improved, what would you need ... Only giving 'a like', unfortunately, does not tell me anything.

If you're a teacher who wants to help to create material useful for your teaching, take a minute and comment. They work wonders with my pupils, with the way I teach, but I know that most of the teachers are still focusing on the workbook approach.

There are already a bunch of ideas posted. Have a look, if you can spare a moment.

I know you're all overwhelmed with work. I would really like to know if they might be of any use to you in your classroom. If not, say so, there's no point in offering something which is not useful, is it?


When the Moon Smiled online activity

In the context of the story, children practice listening and speaking in English: counting and the vocabulary from the story. It's for children aged 5-6. The instructions are part of the filmclip. You're free to use it.


An interactive online listening comprehension activity for children (8-9)

Children are familiar with the content, learning it through the steps of Storytelling. Now it's time they learn to use the language. Below is presenten a listening comprehension activity with the attached live worksheet.


When the Moon Smiled by Petr Horaček

This is online storytelling for 5-6-year-old children who are learning English. They can watch it independently without their teachers or parents helping them understand ... focusing on animals and counting in the context of a story.


The Everywhere Bear Storytelling

Online teaching is becoming a reality, even for our youngest. Here's an idea of how they can be presented with a story at home even though they don't know much of the English language. (Next posts will be about online activities. Stay tuned).


Introducing the project New House for Mouse with 8 year-old children. The aim: understanding the gist of the story. Pre-Storytelling, Storytelling and Post-storytelling. Watch the video.⬇️⬇️ Any questions?


The Project with the 8-year-old children: The Everywhere Bear.

In Prestorytelling Activity we have first established the meaning of the word 'everywhere'
1 - Pick up some Smrfs ...
2 - Throw them around
3 - The Smrfs are falling down ... down ... down ...
Where are the Smurfs?
4 - They're EVERYWHERE !!!
(Thank you: children and their parents for allowing to use the photos)


Pre-Storytelling Activities - When the Moon Smiled

Children are ready to embark upon a project. So first, let's have a PreStorytelling Activity.
1) Practicing the Neurology of Learning (motor and sensory skills and orientation in space)
2) Introduciang the idea of the story: awake vs. sleep and counting

[10/16/20]   While the teacher is preparing the stories for the projects, children are, of course, already immersed in English through an Intriductory Routine. And what is an Introductory Routine? :) I recorded one ...



1) The story's idea: The Everywhere Bear lives in Class 1 and every day, he goes home with one child. One day he falls out of Matt's backpack and is taken everywhere.
2) Learn the story by heart
3) write down the plot the way you're going to tell it to the children. Tailor it if necessary so that the illustrations are your dictionary.


My tailored storytelling for "The New House for Mouse". I follow the main idea, presented in one of the previous posts.

It's a rather straightforward story, well presented with the illustration that can suit for a dictionary. I make sure that I show everything what I say.

It's a story about a mouse and her giant apple.

One day a mouse peeks out of her house and sees an enormous red apple. She's thrilled. She finds a rope and pulls the apple inside her house. OH, NO! The apple is too big, and the hole is too small.

The pulling tires her, so she eats some apple. Off she goes then to find a new house. With a bigger hole.
Soon she sees one. OH, NO. It's occupied. A mole lives in it. There's not enough room for them both.

The mouse eats some apple then off she goes to find a new house. With a bigger hole.
After a while, she finds one. But, OH, NO! It’s occupied. A rabbit lives in it. There's not enough room for them both ...

(On the story goes with the visit to a badger, and a bear)

In the evening, the mouse finds a hole, not so big, but now that the apple is small, she can easily pull it in. She finds her own house, and all tired falls into her bed and falls asleep.

She dreams of her new house and a big red apple.



1) The story's idea:The Mouse searches for a new house, big enough to store her enormous apple in.
2) Learn the story by heart
3) write down the plot the way you're going to tell it to the children. Tailor it if necessary so that the illustrations are your dictionary.


My tailored "When the Moon smiled" story.

When telling a story, you tailor it in such a way that the illustrations are your help for the translation:

When telling a story, I want to follow my story’s main idea – see the last published post …

One day, the Moon comes up at night and realises … “Gosh! Everything is wrong down on Earth!” (Describing and pointing what the animals are doing)
“I know what’s wrong, there are no starts!” And the Moon decides to light up the stars, one after another.
She lights the first star, for a … (gap fill sentence!). Then she list up …. (gap fill) stars, these two for the …. (gap fill) ….

(and so on)

Finally, everything is back in order. (describing what the animals are doing). The Moon is happy and leaves the sky to the Sun.


1) get to know the PB: Write down the plot in one or two sentences:
My 1st grade's project-story: Something's wrong up in the sky and the animals behave strangely until the moon puts everything right.

2) Learn the plot by heart.
3) Tailor the story: make sure it has an introduction, body and conclusion - tailor it if necessary.

The next post: My tailored When the Moon smiled Story.



Only authentic PB (meant for native speakers) are appropriate.

Knowing that children don't understand words in a foreign language (and do not care about them at this point), we seek for a PB that can be understood even without speaking. Such PB needs to have:

1) A linear story;

2) Rich (detailed) and pleasant illustrations (they are, after all, children's vocabulary)

3) The illustrations' sequence in itself gives you the plot.

4) The written story (vocabulary) is irrelevant, since we do the story-telling and not story-reading.



C00lSch00l classes have started. We're opening our PBA learning and are going to share with you the approach through three projects:

Grade 1 - (age 6-7) When the Moon Smiled (by Petr Horaček)

Grade 2 - (age 7-8) A new House for Mouse (by Petr Horaček)

Grade 3 - (age 8-9) The Everywhere Bear (by Julia Donaldson)

The next post: How to choose an appropriate PB?


Effective Young Foreign Language Learning

Why the way I was taught the language failed to be useful? My answer is in an 8 min video clip. And what do you think about it?


If there is one thing that came out good from the COVID situation is the fact that it has forced us out of our comfort zones and made us create lessons differently. 🙃 C00lsch00l adapted. The first online course is for kindergarten teachers titled PBA ENGLISH IN KINDERGARTENS. The course is full but if you're interested, drop a line. We can, of course, repeat it. 😊


PBA programme planning webinar

Today's webinar on PBA programme planning was recorded. You're welcome to watch it ... Spoken language is Slovene.

A recording of the PBA programme planning webinar hosted by C00lSch00l

[08/26/20]   It's almost a new school year ... Welcome back.

For all of you, who are introducing the PBA approach in your classrooms, in the first triad, I'm holding a free web-lesson: my way of organising a yearly work plan based on a project story. If you want to join in, send your email to [email protected]. I'll send you the invitation to the zoom conference.

Mind that the spoken language will be Slovene.

I accept emails received by tomorrow, 27th Aug, 9 AM, and accept 20 participants.



Preparing our yearly plan for the oncoming school year after delving into PBA steps ... At Playing Games Is a Serious Business ... 07/07/2020

Do schools kill creativity?

Where are all the teachers willing to act on what Ken says (not just talk about it and complain about how the world is wrong??) Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. 18/06/2020


Dear all,

This school year was everything but ordinary. New challenges gave us opportunities to 'wake up' from our everyday's routine and bring some insight into our ways of teaching. If we took challenges seriously, that is.

If not, well, there's always a chance to complain.

I have learnt how to edit a film and have made a webinar for kindergarten teachers focusing on introductory routine, storytelling and social games in YFLL using the PBA. If you're interested to join us ... please contact Metka Krajnc at GCC Celje ([email protected]).

I have also decided to move my Saturday meetings online. (I may still keep some of them live; haven't decided yet) So, even if you're not living in Slovenia, you'll have an opportunity to join me. Looking forward to it. When they're ready, you'll be the first to know.

However, two of my basic workshops: Playing Games Is a Serious Business (19. - 21. 8. 2020) and Visual, Tactile and Motor Grammar Learning (maj 2021) will remain as they were.
Playing Games Is a Serious Business in the next C00lSch00l event coming up in August. If you still haven't reserved your spot, early-bird sign up ends at the end of June.

We're covering the whole PBA framework, gradually, step-by-step, using the autumn project. If you don't know what the PBA framework is, the 3rd part of my Manual to-be gives you the necessary insight. If you would like to get your copy of it, please sign up for the C00lSch00l newsletter C00lSch00l - Teaching aids designed by Mija Selič as a support in a complete didactic and methodological approach to early foreign language learning. Seminars for English language teachers. Games based on flashcards. 11/06/2020

CoolSchool - Seminarji - Prijava

Are you ready for some face to face fun in teaching? Finding ways how to boost children's interest and motivation while they learn English? How to employ and develop your knowledge?

Sign up as an early bird 'till the end of June 2020.

See you in August, then? Cl-Scl Učni pripomočki za zgodnje učenje tujega jezika - avtorica Mija Selič. Celostna didaktično-metodološka podpora zgodnjemu učenju tujega jezika. Seminarji in didaktični pripomočki za učitelje tujega jezika na zgodnji stopnji. Didaktične igre, podprte s slikovnim materialom


End of the school year report on students' language achievements after 2 years of learning at C00lSch00l. 💪😍 Sorry, but I had to blur their proud faces.

English translation:

Listening: XX is confidently following instructions in English that are still supported with mime, pictures and demonstration. He is observant and pays attention to details. He manages to put information in a coherent context and rarely asks for translation. He easily follows storytelling with picture books.

Speaking: XX uses the vocabulary from the covered projects in presented structures and uses the language in communication in a gap-fill way. He easily memorises songs and confidently sings along.
With the help of the poster, he presents himself with a name, family name, age, gender, occupation (a pupil) and his mood, describes the current day with the weather, temperature (cold, hot, chilly, warm) as well as reports about the date by reading the numbers.

Literacy: XX can connect the first letter with pronunciation and recognises short words covered through our projects. Literacy is not yet our main focus at the age of 6-7.

Grammar: XX connects personal pronouns 'I' and 'you' with the correct form of the verb 'be' in the present tense (I am - You are) and knows that a single noun has an article and its plural gets the suffix -s.

XX has shown great enthusiasm for English language. He is a tolerant and patient boy, always willing to help others. He loves working in small groups which gives him a feeling of control over the situation and is, therefore, willing to take risks. He eagerly accepts any new activity and easily memorises any new stuff.


At C00lSch00l, we have been teaching children (age 4-12) English through stories for over 15 years. Our Project-Based Approach is unique; the language is presented through children’s POV, and through visual, tactile and moving activities. You can read more on our website,

We also run workshops for students and teachers whose interest, devotion and job is to teach the language for its use. We offer the teaching framework based on 5 Project-Work Steps: (1) Introducing a theme; (2) Do it yourself; (3) Social games; (4) Literacy; (5) Listen and respond.

We have designed unique teaching tools to facilitate the approach and are meant as children’s tactile and visual support at their gamifyed activities.

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When the Moon Smiled online activity
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The Everywhere Bear Storytelling
Pre-Storytelling Activities - When the Moon Smiled




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