Teaching English to Young Learners. 30+ hours

Teaching English to Young Learners. 30+ hours

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

£145.00

“The second module (Listening) was especially practical, with numerous classroom activities that teachers can easily put into practice. The resources shown in the course – e.g. the Rainbow Fish story or the songs are valuable resources that teachers can take away and experiment with in their classrooms.” – Anita Derecskei, Teacher Trainer, Budapest.

Description

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.

This 100% online course with access after payment for 12 months.

Modules:

  • Characteristics of Young Learners
  • Oracy Skills I: Listening
  • Oracy Skills II: Speaking
  • Literacy Skills I: Reading
  • Literacy Skills II: Writing
  • Classroom Management
  • Lesson Planning

lesson objective

  • 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.

VYL YL OYL-TEEN Adaptable to Large Classes

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.

7 reviews for Teaching English to Young Learners. 30+ hours

  1. Maryam

    Hello. Is the course totally online?

    • Emma

      Hi Maryam, yes it is entirely online and the price is what you see. You only need access to internet and an up to date versión of a browser such as Firefox or Chrome.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    daryna25

    This course is an excellent extension to your main teaching qualification if you deal with young learners a lot. It is well-organized and structured. You can take lessons at your own pace on-line. It gives you many practical techniques and tool to apply in your classroom. I like the variety of content and exercises, especially “further reading” section, which you can study in-depth after the course. I’m sure each teacher will find something new and surprising about young learners from this course. Thank you!

    • Emma

      Thanks so much Daryna. The variety aims to present and stimulate ideas that teachers can apply in their own classrooms. Please let me know how you get on with your teaching and if you are trying out a technique or approach, let me know how it goes. This course has three of four parts really, the first is all this input online, the second is where you get into the classroom and apply ideas, the third and forth are reflection and feedback. Talk to colleagues, discuss and share ideas. Remember, I’m always happy to listen and give feedback. Go well!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve O

    The course is highly informative both for novice teachers who are only starting to deal with young learners, but also for teachers who have been teaching young learners for a while, but would like to gain a deeper understanding of ‘how children work’. Often teachers who have been trained to teach adults are asked to teach young learners – or at least that’s my experience in language schools in Hungary – and they think that using the same lesson frameworks and methods they use with adults and adding a couple of games should be enough. This course highlights the differences without being too theoretical.

    I found the ‘Apply this idea’ parts especially practical and useful – they were quite simple and easily adaptable.

    The second module (Listening) was especially practical, with numerous classroom activities that teachers can easily put into practice. The resources shown in the course – e.g. the Rainbow Fish story or the songs are valuable resources that teachers can take away and experiment with in their classrooms.

    The example activities with ‘Song of the Sea’ provided a useful example of how video material can be exploited in the classroom. Although I do not teach young learners at the moment, watching ‘Song of the Sea’ I instantly felt like I’d love to take this lesson plan and try it out with a class of primary students.

    • Emma

      Hi Anita and Steve,
      I appreciate the feedback and will look at the issue you raised about ready to use materials.

  4. SJ

    The course description says “young learners”, but what age is the course content focused on? Will this help someone who teachers teens or tweens, or is it mostly aimed at teachers of young children?

    • Emma

      The course is written for YLs meaning 6-11, with aspects of 3-6,tweens and early teens included. A separate module on early teens and teens is being written, but a lot of ideas in the course are applicable to 11-13 year olds.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anna

    The course by written by Anna Hasper and developed by Emma Pratt has been so helpful! I began a job very quickly in an ESL Elementary School in Europe.
    I’m a trained art teacher but had no experience or training in teaching English to young learners.

    The course has been fun, interesting, and engaging-visually as well as pedagogically. The amount of material covered was perfect for an online study course and each unit has excellent links for further reading and study. I went through the course twice and could go through it again because it’s so useful.

    The videos of teachers and students were particularly helpful. The visual, auditory, and reading materials are rich and universally applicable, yet never feel standardized.

    It’s creative, thoroughly researched, and inspiring – I would recommend this course to anyone!

    • Emma

      Hi Anna, it means a lot to know the course has inspired a fellow artist! It definitely has been a labour of love.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    The material that is offered is creative and highly informative. The course offers in-depth terminology, and useful online resources for lesson planning, activities and much more. Emma’s response time is quick. I’m happy that I took this course, as I now have the tools I need to feel more confident in a YLS classroom. The understanding of tasks, why we use them, and how to engage the Ss and to provide a positive teaching environment is what I wanted to learn, and I feel that this course has given me that. Thank you!

  7. Emma

    Thank you Caroline, feel free at a later date to contact me if you’d like me to give feedback on a videod lesson or if you have any questions about working with a coursebook you are using, lesson planning or classroom management. Happy to help, and go well in your teaching!

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