So there you are, you’ve completed your English language certificate for teaching adults and you have managed to score a teaching job. You’ll be teaching young learners! Uh oh! Have you just come out of the classroom where they’ve eaten you alive? Teaching English to children isn’t just throwing a few games and colouring in activities on top of your teacher training for adults.
We know that feeling and we’re here to help! An effective Young Learners’ teacher needs to know how to provide YLs with an opportunity to learn not just lots of games and fun.
In this course we look at the specific characteristics and differences between YLs and the adult learners you are more familiar with, as well as techniques and ideas to apply in the classroom that deal with different skills and learning situations.
Lessons in this course are structured around loop input. That means that the activities of the lesson are aimed to guide you to an understanding of principles and concepts, while at the same time presenting an activity that is easily applicable to the YL classroom. The “hand-drawn” nature of the course is also taking into consideration that we are teachers talking to teachers in all sorts of teaching situations with different access to technology and resources.
Like we said, the nature of the input is to guide you to draw on your own knowledge and reflect. Activities include sorting, categorising, ordering, finding, recording, writing short one-word answers, guessing, labelling, and visualising. There are videos of children in the classroom, video presentations and interactive activities. Presently flash needs to be enabled, but soon this will not be necessary. Some interactives are best engaged with on a tablet of larger screen, but alternative interactives are being designed so that you will be able to take the entire course on a mobile phone and that means anywhere.
Modules of the whole series:
- Characteristics of Young Learners
- Oracy Skills I: Listening
- Oracy Skills II: Speaking
- Literacy Skills I: Reading
- Literacy Skills II: Writing
- Classroom Management
- Lesson Planning
- Understanding the theory behind teaching methods and approaches
- Analysing activities through experiencing them with loop input
- Considering large classes.
- Considering different ages from very young learners to teens.
In one course, it is hard to cover everything that your learners might need with learning a particular skill. We include extra reading, links and resources to take you further.
Emma Pratt talks with Anna Hasper, our Young Learners course writer, about her journey into teaching and teacher training, language teaching and teaching young learners specifically and what we can expect in the course.
Take a look at what’s in store with this course, meet a few of our Young Learners and other characters!Contact Emma for more details. Check out a lesson!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I purchase a course on ELTCampus?
To register for a course, there are two steps. The first step is to select that you want to purchase the course by adding the course to the shopping cart.
You will be taken to a page where you complete a registration and payment. The email that you give needs to be yours so that you can receive your login details. The beginning of this email that you give will become you username, which can’t be changed. However, you can change the name that appears on the course platform and on your final certificate by logging in and editing your user details.
How long do I have access to the course?
Young Learners Course (estimated course length- 30 hours): 5 months access.
I don’t have a credit card, can someone else pay on my behalf?
Yes of course. Make sure that the email is yours, so that you can receive the login details. The beginning of this email that you give will become you username which can’t be changed. However, you can change the name that appears on the course platform and on your final certificate by logging in and editing your user details.
Do I get a certificate?
When you have completed all the lessons of a course, a downloadable certificate becomes available for you.