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ELT workshops: teaching English to young learners

About the 2017/18 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.

Note that the 2017/18 series has now finished. The next series starts in November 2018 (details available from September).

Creating a positive learning environment

YL Session 1 — Friday November 3, 2017 with Lynn, 10.00-12.00

This opening session will look at various techniques and strategies that teachers can use to create a classroom environment that is conducive to both teaching and learning. We will also look at the role of the teacher and how it can and should change as you and the learners move through the learning cycle to help the learners not only increase their knowledge but inspire them to be creative.

Motivating teenage learners of English

YL Session 2 — Friday November 17 with Scott, 10.00-12.00

This talk on teaching adolescent and teenaged learners will focus on ways to exploit materials to include motivational lexis and skills work, as well as exploiting opportunities for creativity. We will look at how we can develop and sustain motivation through task exploitation, recycling language and using images.

Lesson planning

YL Session 3 — Friday December 1 with Lynn, 10.00-12.00

This session will take a look at lesson planning for young and very young learners and how to stage lessons depending on the age. We will also take a look at ways to maintain interest and create lessons which stimulate learning and at the same time build learner confidence – an element that is fundamental is learning and progressing in that learning.

Activities and games

YL Session 4 — Friday January 12, 2018 with Lynn, 10.00-12.00

This session will take a look at the key elements successful games and activities in the YL classroom to increase learning and enjoyment. The session is practical with examples we can use, some with all ages and others more specific to very young, primary or secondary learners.

All the fun in my course book

YL Session 5 — Friday January 26 with Pere, 10.00-12.00

For better or for worse, we've all found ourselves having to deal with coursebooks in our YL classroom, and they can sometimes hold us and our students back. This session will explore all the possibilities we have with our coursebooks, all the different ways they can be used and exploited. We will also look at many different types of books and will discover lots of ways to make those pages be a fun and engaging tool for our students so that they can take the most advantage of them.

  Age group: 5-12 year olds

Working with rhymes & chants to develop phonological, grammatical and lexical awareness

YL Session 6 — Friday March 2 with Lola, 10.00-12.00

Helping students develop phonological, grammatical and lexical awareness through chants and rhymes involves scaffolded instruction. In this workshop, the participants will be able to explore some practical ideas on how to guide the understanding of chants and rhymes, how to exploit their phonological, grammatical and lexical content, and how to encourage children's initial creativity. The session will include an overview of hands-on activities, footage of the children’s productions, as well as some co-operative activities which give the students the opportunity to be creative. We will also take a look at useful online resources and materials.

  Age group: 6-10 year olds

Teaching teenagers and creating commitment

YL Session 7 — Friday March 16 with Lynn, 10.00-12.00

The word "commitment" in the Cambridge English Dictionary is defined as "When you are willing to give your time and energy to something that you believe." Or another definition is "Something that you must do or deal with that takes your time." This session will look at strategies and techniques for developing commitment in the language classroom with secondary learners.

Projects: collaboration and co-operation

YL Session 8 — Friday April 6 with Lynn, 10.00-12.00

A few years ago CLIL was seen as the approach to use when teaching YLS, with the four C's (Content; Cognition, Communication, Culture) being the elements that this approach was built around. From that initial CLIL focus there has been a move towards others C's such as Collaborative Projects work which focuses on cooperation and group work. This session will look how to develop collaborate project work with primary and teens.

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LynnLynn 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.

PerePere Cortiella
Pere has taught English to children, teens and adults for over 12 years, specializing in young learners in several different schools in the Barcelona area. e is the coordinator for Young Learners at ICCIC, runs many teacher training courses for the Generalitat de Catalunya.

ScotScot 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.

LolaLola Garay-Abad
Lola has been a teacher and a teacher trainer for 15 years. She teaches in a social educational project; writes, adapts and evaluates materials and books for various educational publishing houses. She has spoken at national and international conferences including TESOL, APAC, APPI Portugal and Flipped Classroom Europe, among others.


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