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Kathy Kampa & Charles Vilina

Kathy Kampa

Much of Kathy Kampa’s professional career has been spent in Japan, where she has taught kindergarten and elementary students at Seisen International School in Tokyo for over 25 years. In addition to her classroom experience, Kathy and her husband Charles have co-authored three ELT courses for young learners published by Oxford University Press (Magic Time, Everybody Up, and the ELTon award-winning Oxford Discover). Kathy and Charles have conducted hundreds of teacher-training workshops in over twelve countries across three continents.

As a PYP (Primary Years Program) teacher, Kathy uses an inquiry-based approach to teaching through which students develop the 21st century skills of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.  Kathy supports the development of English language skills by creating songs, chants, and movement activities targeted to young learners’ physical and cognitive development. Her MA-TESL research topic delved into the use of music and movement to build English language skills.

Kathy has created two CDs of creative songs and chants for young learners. The first CD, Kathy Kampa’s Special Days and Holidays, celebrates events that might occur throughout a child’s year. Kathy’s second CD, Jump Jump Everyone, nurtures a child’s natural spirit of creativity and imagination. Every song that Kathy creates has been developed with her students in her classroom, and offers opportunities to build confidence in English as children move and sing together.

Charles Vilina

Charles Vilina has been an enthusiastic EFL and ESL educator for more than 25 years. He has spent much of his professional career in Japan with his wife, Kathy Kampa. Charles has taught over 20,000 classroom hours in a variety of private educational institutions, teaching students at the primary, secondary, university, and adult levels. Charles is a passionate teacher who continues to teach on a daily basis.

In addition to his classroom work, Charles is a professional ELT author. He and his wife Kathy Kampa are co-authors of three courses for young learners published by Oxford University Press (Magic Time, Everybody Up, and the ELTon award-winning Oxford Discover). Charles is also author of the Identity Teacher’s Book published by OUP. Charles and Kathy are experienced teacher-trainers, and have conducted hundreds of workshops in over twelve countries across three continents.

Charles also enjoys writing fiction and has published two of his novels, Subculture (available at Amazon.com) and Trivialities (available at Lulu.com and iBooks).

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Kathy Kampa’s Special Days and Holidays CD

This is what teachers and parents of young children have been waiting for — a collection of original “special day” songs and holiday songs inspired and created in the classroom! Teacher, author, and songwriter Kathy Kampa has taught English, music, and movement to young learners for over 25 years. These 15 songs are among her favorites — the songs her students ask to sing and dance to again and again. Kathy Kampa’s Special Days and Holidays is truly a collection of “songs to move to throughout the year.”

Each CD is enclosed in a colorful hardcover Digi-Pak (NOT plastic), which contains a handy attached book of song lyrics.

For ideas and support: See Kathy’s blog, Kathy’s Songs for Kids

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To buy on iTunes and listen to samples of the songs: Click here

Jump Jump Everyone!

Young learners will enjoy singing and moving to these 23 songs and chants, each one inspired in the classroom. Teacher, author, and songwriter Kathy Kampa has taught English, music, and movement to young learners for over 25 years. Kathy’s songs are easy to follow, and promote the development of English language skills. Jump Jump Everyone includes energizing movement songs, magical seasonal songs, calming finger plays, and practical transitional songs. The movement activities nurture creativity and support a child’s natural development.

Each CD is enclosed in a colorful hardcover Digi-Pak (NOT plastic), which contains a handy attached book of song lyrics.

For ideas and support: See Kathy’s blog, Kathy’s Songs for Kids

To buy the CD: Click here

To buy on iTunes and listen to samples of the songs: Click here

Magic Time

Magic Time gives every child the chance to learn English successfully – and enjoy it!

Pictures: New language is introduced through entertaining illustrations that draw children in from the very beginning and provide a context for real-life language.

Stories: The same characters accompany children through all the levels and become their motivating English learning friends.

Songs: Help to make new language memorable. Children will enjoy practising at home with the NEW Student Songs and Chants Audio CD.

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Everybody Up

Everybody Up gets students talking about the real world. Posters, videos, stories, and songs link English to other school subjects and universal values, developing global citizens with 21st century skills.

Everybody Up Second Edition makes it even easier to bring the outside world into your classroom! New posters and videos enhance the cross-curricular lessons, and new projects get students working together. Ggrammar animations which allow you to present language patterns in a more memorable way have also been added. The updated assessment for learning package includes 8 pages of Cambridge English: Young Learners practice activities to get your students ready for exams.

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Oxford Discover

Using an inquiry-based approach to learning, Oxford Discover develops the communication skills and thinking skills students need for success in the 21st century.

Who are your family and friends? Where can we see colors? How can we make music?

Oxford Discover uses Big Questions such as these to tap into students’ natural curiosity. It enables them to ask their own questions, find their own answers, and explore the world around them.

This approach to language learning and literacy, supported by a controlled grammar and skills syllabus, helps students achieve near-native fluency in English.

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