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Teaching Young Learners

Storytelling with Young Learners

When I was about six years old I got lost walking home from school. I always walked home from school, so I knew the way very well and never had to think about it. It never took much more than fifteen minutes. It was a happy routine.   But on this particular day it was unbelievably foggy. Very thick fog. It was late afternoon, autumn, cold and damp. I...

Following the Child: Pre-School EAL and Why Montessori Had the Answers

Pre-School English as an Additional Language is notorious for the inexplicable challenge it withholds for us, teachers. Yet, phonemes and morphemes are the simplest units of language. Still, those feel impossible to teach to 3-year-olds.  The answer lies in the medium. Pre-school children are ready to acquire even more complex entities than phonemes...

How To Engage Young Learners

We know that the essential ingredient that enables motivation to facilitate deep student learning is engagement. And as educators, we are very aware of how important it is for our learners to be engaged. Engagement has been defined as the extent to which students are connected to what they are learning, how they are learning it, and who they are learning...

Foreign Languages and Pre-Primary Students. Are We Overdoing It?

It comes as no surprise that the demands of our ever-developing society would at some point leave its mark on the generations which will succeed us. The necessity to harness a young individual’s true potential with the purpose of integrating it into the global machine has already taken its effect, as schools constantly update and enrich their syllabuses...

Unleashing the potential of limericks: Humorous poetry for the EFL young learners

By Evangelia Vassilakou   Definition and general characteristics of limericks   Limericks are one of the most favourite poetic forms among children, and were popularized by Edward Lear. They originated in England the 18th or early 19th century. The fun of the limericks lies in their rollicking rhythm and broad humour. They are also easy to remember...

A class full of Young Learners: Teacher’s expectations and focal points in the EFL/ESL classroom

Characteristics of Young Learners      By Marina Siskou The conventional feeling towards the definition of “Young Learners” is that it is interchangeable with the concept of childhood.   Annamaria Pinter (2011) divides Young Learners into three groups.   The first group, preschool or early school years, is comprised of children who initiate...

Teaching Young Learners

It takes a special person to teach English as a foreign language. It takes an even more special person to teach English as a foreign language to young children.  Young learners can be a real pleasure to teach because they do not feel stressed by their studies and approach everything with youthful innocence. At this point in their lives, they may not...

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