This course aims to raise awareness of differences of young learners and learners at other ages. It provides the students with the knowledge of how to identify learner styles (e.g.: visual, auditory, kinesthetic) and strategies (e.g.: meta-cognitive, cognitive, socio-affective) of young learners; develop activities (e.g.: puzzles, stories and games, simulations) and audio visual aids (e.g.: pictures, realia, cartoons, puppets, songs) for the teaching of vocabulary, language skills and structures. It also shows how to plan and deliver an effective lesson. The course helps explore what Young Learner course books have to offer and develops different techniques for presenting grammar and vocabulary. It will also help to create and evaluate activities for skills development (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
- background and issues of teaching young learners;
- priorities of young learners: learning and acquisition, young learners compared with older learners the pupils’ first-language skills;
- management of the pupils, the learning environment; the use of English in the classroom; classroom management;
- teaching vocabulary and grammar: teaching and practicing new vocabulary, teaching grammar;
- listening skills: steps to effective listening; listening activities for the classroom; listening to stories;
- reading skills: phonics, look and say, developing children’s vocabulary, reading comprehension;
- speaking skills: ways to encourage speaking;
- writing skills: writing styles;
- a selection of enjoyable classroom activities, the role of fun and games;
- drama as an English teaching aid.
- Preparing a lesson plan
- Teaching Young Learners, ed. A. Pinter, Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers, 2002.
- Practical English Language Teaching: Young Learners, ed. T.C. Linse, McGrow Hill: NY, 2005.