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INNOVATION IN LANGUAGE LEARNING, International Conference, Florence, 2019.

I was proud to have been part of it. We were a group of teachers and professors presenting ways to develop an autonomous learner.


The innovation in teaching should, therefore, seeks ways to facilitate THE USE OF KNOWLEDGE, not just memorisation.

I am proud to see that my students can use the language for communication.

My article titled Visual, Tactile and Motor Grammar Learning in the PBA was approved by the Innovation in Language Learning scientific committee and was published. I'm holding a speech at the conference today (14th Nov.). You can find the article on the link below

The upgrade from the story 'Fox's Socks'. Aim: pre-literacy, recognising the written word. Age 6-7.

There are items of clothes (flashcards) hidden in the room (in the box, in the book, on the chair, on the piano, under the desk and under the chair). The game is: Who'll get dressed up first? Children are walking around the classroom following the rhythm of the drum. When the drumming stops, they stop. On the command 'GO!', they go to the places where the 'clothes' are hidden. They turn the flashcard over and mark the piece of clothing they have found on their paper. They say what they've found: 'I have trousers in the box' (the upgrade: 'What do you do with them?' 'I put them on.'). The cards are then mixed up and placed to the chosen positions randomly. The procedure repeats. The game is over when the first child finds all the clothes.

Engaging, in the context of the story, topic mixed and meaningful.

Our CoolSchool Saturday Meeting was focused on how to organise social games to promote the speaking and at the same time learn the relevant vocabulary to be able to present the story ... Through the winter project, of course, based on the story One Winter's Day by M. Christina Butler. Awsome!

I am happy to announce that I'm presenting Visual, Tactile and Motor Grammar Learning in the Project-Based Approach at the International Conference INNOVATION IN LANGUAGE LEARNING in Florence, November 14th.

English word order is much influenced by the mother tongue. Nothing beats a lot of speaking and listening to English, of course, but there is also a way of teaching children to be consciously aware of English word order through Visual Grammar (age 10-11).

We're learning to focus while using body-voice coordination through brain-gym-like activity. We use numbers 🔢 (body count) or shapes 🔷🔺 (body shape) for that. Have you tried it yet?


Most of us think that it is the WORDS that matter in communication. Well, I believe it's THE MESSAGE. However, to form the message you need to make the words matter ... I talk about it in my new blog. Check it out!⬇️⬇️⬇️ A blog about modern ways to develop an autonomous learner in young foreign language learning; where the language is used for communication.

We're already familiar with the content, know about the food, clothes, animals ... We're the 4th graders!! And now it's time we create some visual sentences to see (and understand) some real grammar. We'll do it with the hungry (but harmful) 🐯 who comes for a cup of 🍵 and ends up eating 🥐🥗🍲🥧 ... everything. (With the teachers, we create Visual Sentences at Playing Games Is a Serious Business, Literacy and Visual and Tactile Grammar workshops.)

Identity cards (IC) for the survey activity. Yeah, we role-play; this way we can make up our answers ... the creativity and imagination are unlimited. The ICs in the photo are for the teachers: We'll execute the activity ourselves, at the Social Games workshop in October 😉. See you. (By the way, today is the last day for the early bird sign-up.)

We have four new 📚 for our reading practice. After introducing phonics (through rhimes) at the age of 6 and 7, children start reading themselves. Our invention is 'colour code reading', which children use at home and, once the book is read, they read 📖 from the original. Cool 😎. They Q for the books, can you believe it! 🥰 (You can learn about the entire literacy approach at the Literacy workshop in December. Check out for Cl-Scl events.)

We practice structured dialogues meaningfully, as the situation dictates. This is a 'break time, conversation':
S1: What would you like to drink?
S2: One spoon of lime cedevita, please. In a mug.
S1: Here you are.
S2: Can I have a spoon, please?
S1: Sure. Help yourself.
S2: Thank you.
S1: You're welcome.

The Anteater (from our last post Cl-Scl) was confused about what he likes to eat ... This chameleon is even more confused ... he experiments and experiments, is 'colourfused' and 'animalfused'. But, in the end, he finds who he truly is ...

What Does an Anteater Eat by Ross Collins: Gosh, the Fox (who lost his socks) was hungry while rambling through his house ...What do foxes actually eat? Hey, what about an Anteater? What about you? Shall we set the table (for two, three)? How about we invite your entire family? And what do they like to eat? Oh, who is your family anyway? See what we can do with a book? 🙂 All the questions can help create a new story ... through doodling. (You can learn the doodling process at the Listening Workshop in February.)

Fox's Socks by Julia Donaldson; A perfect PB for age 5-6: Through doodling, we'll create a new story: Somebody (🦄🦋🐧) will walk 🚶‍♀️, jump, hop, summersault 🤸‍♀️ ... through the rooms searching for something (🏀), (or maybe hiding something) and his/her friends will help ... But, the weather conditions are (🌈💨☔️🌫❄️🌤) so, they encounter difficulties (or not). Gues how many variations of the story can come up? See how many topics we've embedded in this story? And the story is going to be children's invention. For the follow-up, we'll play games. We'll tailor them to fit the story and will gap-fill-design them, just the way we present them at our Social Games workshop.

C00lSch00l's Picture-Book Projects in 2019/20 school year. We'll share the ideas in our future posts. 🙂 Don't miss them!

CoolSchool - šola jezikov za najmlajše

Šola, specializirana za učenje najmlajših.

“Otroci imamo radi pravljice, se radi igramo z vrstniki, ustvarjamo in smo ves čas aktivni. Delovnih zvezkov in učbenikov imamo ‘poln kufer’. Sedeti in barvati, povezovati … (Please, don’t!) Pri igri ves čas govorimo in ponavljamo, ustvarjamo in se razvijamo. Tako se mi učimo. Domačih nalog sploh ne potrebujemo; kar naenkrat se zavemo, da razumemo in govorimo v angleščini!"

VRTČEVSKI OTROCI (Vrtci Anica Černe, Zarja, D. Levček, v vaših enotah)
PRVOŠOLCI (Sreda od 16.45 do 18.00)
DRUGOŠOLCI (Ponedeljek, 13.30 do 14.45) lahko organiziramo prevoz.

Pri C00lSch00l smo z vašimi otrokih 60 minut v vrtcu in 75 minut v šoli. Ves čas govorimo v angleščini, in otroci nas razumejo, saj jezik predstavimo uporabno in skozi otrokov način razumevanja.
In, če boste želeli, vas pospremimo vse do 6. razreda. Vaši starejši vrstniki se z nami pogovarjajo že v angleščini, pišejo zgodbe in berejo angleške knjige. Lani so sami sestavili in izvedli zaključno prireditev za svoje starše. V angleščini, seveda.

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At C00lSch00l, we believe our way of teaching is modern because we seek ways to develop an autonomous learner; not only with our students but also with the teachers.

And what is the difference between modern and traditional? I discuss it in C00lSch00l blog. Check it out in the new post: Are you a modern learner/teacher? A blog about modern ways to develop an autonomous learner in young foreign language learning; where the language is used for communication.

Playing Games is a Serious Business: what we do is always new, always challenging and this year ... international 💃🇪🇸. Being with a group of teachers; like-minded and open to different points of view ... that tops it all! THANK YOU 😃❤️. Keep in touch.

The classroom is ready for our Monday's Playing Games Is a Serious Business workshop

Still remember what the PBA (Project-Based Approach) is?

The PBA is the Content-Based Instruction to young foreign language learning for children aged 5–11. It combines the lexical approach, project work and socialisation, while at the same time supporting the neurology of learning, which is the basis for academic learning. Since children up to 12 years of age cannot yet comprehend abstract thinking, the PBA introduces visual and tactile sentences, stories and grammar, created with flashcards. Visual-motor integration and hand-eye coordination are employed to execute the activities, which enable better procedural thinking and understanding, as well as enhancing imagination and divergent thinking. In order to comprehend the time concept, specific rhythmic and movement games are integrated and tailored to the context covered. Cooperating with peers makes the activities highly motivating (as a change from digital technology), and children enjoy the challenge of being able to understand abstract knowledge (grammar) by the age of 11.

[08/12/19]   C00lSch00l is opening its door to a new school year with the workshop Playing Games Is a Serious Business!
Mon., 19th August!!!

[07/01/19]   It's summer. On the northern hemisphere, that is.
We're on well deserved holidays, switched off.
Will be back in mid-August!


The end of the school year is almost here ... YEY!

Before we close our school doors and put our mind on the 'summer-mode', I would like to thank all who have in any way helped to create our C00lSch00l story.

Saturday meetings have been sold out. I'm glad the project-based approach of teaching English has found so many 'homes'. Thank you. If you've missed them this year, the dates for the new school year are coming soon ... (they'll be arriving at your schools by the end of June.)

Congratulations to the teachers who have put into practice children's view on comprehending grammar. Age 9-10 is critical when addressing the time concept and setting the grounds for explaining language grammar rules. ... A new date for the workshop Tactile and Visual Grammar is in May 2020.

We have posted several topics on YFLL in our blog:

Emotions can support or hinder our learning.
When is learning by heart useful?
Gap-fill activities with young learners
About the importance to know how to listen
Practising speaking skills
About practising writing and reading skills
Children's view on learning

The plan for our next year's blog posts is giving the samples of the PBA pre-manuscript. Stay tuned.

At the end of August, our new school year opens with the workshop 'Playing Games Is a Serious Business' (there are still some spaces free). This time, we are having a participant from Spain coming to Slovenia only for the workshop 😀.

Do you know the song 'Que Sera?' Doris Day sings 👩‍🎤 it and with children, we sing the tenses with her 💃🕺. Awesome!

[06/11/19]   Just a reminder, early bird sign up for the worksgop 'Playing Games is a Serious Business!' end with the 15th June!!!

CoolSchool - Seminarji - Prijava

Just a reminder; this is the last week for early sign-ups for 'Playing games ...' workshop 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

It's all about a bark! 🐶 See, it's fun!

When introducing abstract language elements to children, like time and tenses, at C00lSch00l, we always colour code. Language is nothing but a rainbow 🌈

Introducing children to written texts starts in such a way that they can easily comprehend. First, just with story-pictures, and after that, they create a visual story. There's a basket full of (grammar) activities created from the visual story. Did you know that?

I'm sure you know the activity 'put the words in the correct order'. At C00lSch00l, we do it visual 👁, tactile 👐 and while moving 🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️. (Of course, there is also some writing.) 😃

It was fun and joy and last Friday and Saturday, having enthusiastic teachers 🧐 at the workshop Visual and Tactile Grammar. If you've missed it; Playing Games is a Serious Business! is coming up in August.


Emotions are what makes us kick. As they are essential for our survival they can also be the cause of our destruction. And where do they fit into teaching? I discuss it in my new blog post. Enjoy the reading. ... A blog about language learning. A blog about innovative language learning. A blog about young foreigh language learning. Mija Selič. Mija Selic.

How do you go about reading 📚 with your young learners? Have you tried our colour-code approach? (We present it at the C00lSch00l's Literacy Saturday Meeting). You should try it; children simply line up for the books.

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Tactile grammar learning 👐is employing hand-eye coordination which enables children to develop an understanding of abstract knowledge, which grammar is. You can check out for the use of flashcards on

There are different kinds of posters we use at C00lSch00l, but they all have one thing in common: the structure ( Can you see the intro, body and conclusion). It helps children organising their text, be that oral or written. Have you ever tried it?

V petek, 17.5., ob 9h začnemo s 16-urno delavnico 'Slovnica v vizualnih podobah'. Vizualni in taktilni pristop (hand-eye coordination) pomaga otrokom razumeti abstraktne pojme ... Za vse 'last minute' prijave, prosim pišite na [email protected].

Who can make the longest sentence? We're diving into tactile and visual grammar this Friday and Saturday. You can still join us at Ljudska univerza Celje by signing up on the link below if you want to try it out yourself.

Who can make the longest sentence? We're diving into tactile and visual grammar this Friday and Saturday. You can still join us at Ljudska univerza Celje by signing up on the link below if you want to try it out yourself.

Organising children with these medals is fun 🙂 and cool 😎. The teacher calls out the 'head of the group', who then gathers the rest of the members and gives each of them their role to play ...

Primary CoolSchool Students, year 2018/19, have successfully completed their programme. Congratulations! See you in October 2019!

Workshops for everyone who cares that children get their best opportunity to learn. Presenting the Project Based Approach (PBA) where English is used for creating joyful and playful learning environment for our young learners. Since we are human beings, we prefer social interactions (rather than apps) to teach children how to communicate. Check it out on

Literacy with the PBA: It all starts with storytelling 📖. Then it is spiced with social games that enable learning the language the story offers. Once that is covered, children create a picture story, present it orally and later learn how it is turned into a written text. Being familiar with the plot, learning to read becomes easier. At C00lSch00l, we do it regularly.😃

Learning the alphabet letters from A-Z and from Z-A using the activity that prepares the brain for its higher state of performance ... children love it! (Have seen it at Mike Shreeve's workshop.)

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