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Welcome to the Teaching English to Young Learners Workshop.

Course Administrators: Ms Georgia Gyftoula and Ms Thalia Hatzigiannoglou 


Course Instructor: Ms Georgia Gyftoula 


Goal for the workshop: In this distance learning workshop, participants will be introduced to the fundamental principles of teaching English to Young Learners. Participants in this workshop will be able to go through some of the most important elements of teaching the language to children aged 6-12 and have the chance to elaborate on the integrated skills and content-based, experiential approach which language acquisition is based upon at this age.


Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify, evaluate and selectively apply a wide variety of stimulating and age-appropriate materials
  2. Go through the learning stages and connect them to the strategies needed to motivate and manage classroom-based language activities for young learners
  3. List the necessary steps to design and implement lesson plans appropriate for young children who study English as a second language.
  4. Get to know and use a collection of new resources and materials
  5. Familiarize with a variety of ICT tools available

Target Audience: EFL teachers in Alpha Athens School District (basic computer skills required)

Format for presenting the workshop: wiki (A wiki is usually a web application which allows people to add, modify, or delete content in collaboration with others)

Materials needed: free account in pbworks.com (all necessary material will be provided through the wiki), video, worksheets, information sheets, Web 2.0 tools

Skills needed: basic technology skills for email, navigating the Web (e.g., searches, downloading, uploading, using the course wiki), and file management (e.g., PDF, MS Word)

Workshop duration: 10 weeks (one module per week). There will be a countdown clock in each module to remind you of the time left for the assignments. 

Module 1: Get to know each other- reflect on what you already know about TEYL

Module 2: Methods and Approaches to Language Teaching

Module 3: Issues of Motivation & Class Management

Module 4: Listening & Speaking Skills 

Module 5: Reading & Comprehension Skills

Module 6: Vocabulary & Writing Skills

Module 7: Grammar - Tools for Teaching

Module 8: Assessment & Evaluation

Module 9: Design your own lesson plan

Module 10: Evaluate and provide feedback to peers


How to navigate the wiki

All Modules are presented on the "Pages and Files" (top bar)

Clicking on each module, participants will be able to view the material (Module Info) and get instructions for the assignments.

Each Module should be over within a week period. A countdown clock will be added on each module page to help you organize your time.

You can send a message to workshop participants by clicking the "Users" button on the top bar and then the name of the person you want to send the message to. 




Certificates will be awarded to participants who complete 8 out of 10 assignments (Modules 9 and 10 are compulsory)



Now spend some minutes to watch this video titled "Shaping the Way We Teach English". It can be a good introduction to the issues you will be asked to focus on during this distance course. Welcome on board!



Now you can continue with Module 1



To go to Module 1, click here.

Comments (4)

Julie Gyftoula said

at 6:58 pm on Jan 27, 2014

For any questions you might have concerning the way this platform works don't hesitate to contact me at juliegy@yahoo.gr or post your message here

mariza@live.co.uk said

at 11:30 am on Oct 15, 2014

Julie, hi! It's a real pleasure knowing that you will be coordinating this workshop. I've got a minor problem: I'm trying to upload a picture in my profile but my attempts have failed. Is it because I'm not allowed to edit?

Vivian Kalthani said

at 9:29 pm on Oct 15, 2014

All principles proposed by Shin are quite useful, especially when it comes to teaching young learners. I use the following in the ways mentioned below.
The use of visuals, realia and movement is important for learners of all ages but most important as the age level lowers. Also, I try to engage learners into creating visuals, especially after story-telling in the form of drawing the characters or their favourite scenes. Moving from one activity to another is something that keeps them interested and also caters for different learning styles. Teaching in themes is something that I always apply although it is usually largely determined by the Curriculum. Similarly, the use of stories and contexts familiar to learners is (again) determined by the Curriculum but teachers can make their own contribution to it. Establishing classroom routines is a great facilitator in the learning process as well as the use of L1 which provides a sense of security as well. Bringing in helpers from the community is something I've never tried although I wouldn't mind if their role was somehow connected to the lesson. Collaboration with school teachers is quite essential. Last but not least, communication with TEYLs professionals can provide us with useful insights and ideas that would improve and enrich our teaching methods. It's also one of the reasons I signed up for this workshop.
As far as Read's article is concerned, I feel that one of the most challenging factors in working with young learners is the social one. I find it quite hard to try to inspire mutual respect for one another, behave and treat each other nicely and also collaborate appropriately to achieve a goal.

ranniagov@yahoo.gr said

at 11:39 am on Oct 25, 2014

The strategies I have tried with my students are : the visualization of past experience, the brainstorming and grouping, the group or class discussions, and sometimes the quick reviews. Students (and especially the Young ones) are more open to acquire new knowledge when they can link it to prior knowledge. In my opinion, one way for the Young learners to link their prior knowledge to the new one is the visualization of their past experience. For example, we start the lesson with the flashcards of the pre-taught vocabulary (e.g. hobbies) and then we can go on to their connection to the new grammatical phenomenum (e.g. Simple Present). The brainstorming and grouping is a good way to help them as we can add new vocabulary on a topic or a group word, for instance.

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