Entry Requirements/ Participants
The course is aimed specifically at the needs of teachers who teach English to primary children aged 8-11.
- be qualified teachers with at least one year's experience of teaching English to young learners (aged 8-11)
- have at least an intermediate level of English.
Please note: The course is not suitable for native speakers of English, for teacher trainees, or for very experienced teachers of primary aged children. If you are unsure about your eligibility please contact in writing the Course Director, TYL, for advice at firstname.lastname@example.org
The course aims to develop participants' confidence and competence in using English for teaching purposes, to raise awareness of teaching activities and materials appropriate for the teaching of young learners and to improve participants' own language proficiency.
Course topics include activities for the teaching of oral/aural skills and reading and writing; using songs, rhymes and games in the classroom; teaching pronunciation; story-telling; using drama; using technology; dealing with vocabulary and grammar; assessing young learners; and classroom management. There are several workshops on topics such as making books and wall-displays, story-telling, and project work. The course also includes a session and workshop on classroom language, and there are other language activities to help develop participants' own language proficiency. The afternoon sessions focus specifically on improving participants' own language proficiency.
The approach is task-based and interactive with an emphasis on collaborative group work. Participants are expected to take part in activities, reflect on both their own classroom practice and the activities they have experienced, and discuss and work on adaptations and projects appropriate for their own teaching context.