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ELT workshops: teaching English to young learners

About the 2016/17 series

A series comprising 8 two-hour sessions, held on Friday mornings from 10.00 to 12.00, for those teaching English to young learners.

Young Learners Workshops

Participants may enrol for all eight sessions, or for individual workshops.

Teachers attending the whole course of eight sessions will receive a certificate at the end of the course. Certificates will not be issued for single sessions.

Creating a positive learning environment

YL Session 1 — Friday November 11, 2016, 10.00-12.00

Routines and behaviour management strategies are key to setting the right tone for the new school year. If you get the strategies right at the beginning, it will help you avoid classroom management problems throughout the year.

In this opening session we will look at various techniques and strategies that teachers can use to create a classroom environment that is conducive to both teaching and learning.

Story telling and reading (5-12 year olds)

YL Session 2 — Friday November 25, 10.00-12.00

This workshop will focus on ways to incorporate story-telling and the key points to keep in mind when planning lessons with this as our main teaching objective. We will also take a look at how story telling can be a valuable tool for increasing skills development with our learners, especially reading.

Planning stimulating lessons

YL Session 3 — Friday December 16, 10.00-12.00

The aim of this session will be to investigate how we can make the young learners we teach more proficient readers and writers of English. There are many factors to take into account when planning a lesson. On the one hand, we must assess both our short-term and long-term goals. On the other, we need to keep the students’ interest in mind and so we must also strive to create an experience that is learner-centred, stimulating and challenging. This session will deal with these issues when planning YL lessons. will also be an emphasis on how to make the development of these activities more fun and motivating.

Getting the most out of course books

YL Session 4 — Friday January 20, 2017, 10.00-12.00

Some may be good and some may be horrid. Whatever the case may be, most of us have to use them on a daily basis. In this session we’ll explore ways to make your course book a viable teaching tool.

Using CLIL as a teaching approach (5-12 year olds)

YL Session 5 — Friday February 24, 10.00-12.00

This workshop will take a brief look at the beginnings of CLIL and the reasons why it is now one of the main approaches to teaching a foreign language to young learners. We will also look at practical ways to incorporate CLIL task types in our lessons, firstly beginning with short activities which have a CLIL focus and then moving to a more sustained usage of this approach – in other words making it our main venue for teaching and learning.

Motivating pronunciation activities

YL Session 6 — Friday March 10, 10.00-12.00

The best time for learners to pick up on the sound patterns of English pronunciation naturally is when they're still young. In this workshop we’ll look at fund ways to build learners’ confidence when speaking through pronunciation activities.

Teaching very young learners with confidence

YL Session 7 — Friday March 24, 10.00-12.00

Teaching very young learners can be a bit daunting – and it doesn’t need to be. But what can 3 to 6 year olds do? What do they like doing?

In this workshop we will look at what makes Very Young Learners (3-6 year olds) unique and what characteristics we need to take into consideration when we are in the EFL classroom. We will look at the importance of telling stories and using storybooks in the classroom as a springboard for a range of activities for different learner types.

Exploring the creative mind

YL Session 8 — Friday April 7, 10.00-12.00

Whether being creative while using English or learning to think creatively through English, the creative minds of young learners are a well-spring of ideas. Through self-exploration, idea generation and cooperative learning, teacher can foster creativity and critical thinking skills in the ELT classroom.

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Scot Esposito
Scot is a tutor on our CELTYL course and is actively involved with teacher development for the Young Learners Department here at IH Barcelona.


Lynn Durrant
Lynn tutors on both CELTA and CELTYL courses. As well as having had a long career specialising in teaching young learners and training YL teachers, she's also an experienced coursebook writer.


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