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    2. An Introduction to Teaching Young Learners
    Annie Hughes
    Course Description

    In this course you will examine how young learners develop cognitively, how they learn languages, and how your understanding of these two areas can help guide you in your role as a language teacher.

    In the 12 lessons, you will be introduced to ways of teaching the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as techniques for using stories, songs and rhymes, games and role-play in your classroom.

    You will also consider the role of assessment and evaluation in teaching English to young learners. This course will combine theory with practice in providing examples that will help illustrate how you can teach language to young learners in your classroom.

    Also, students who successfully complete this course will receive a TESOL Certificate of Completion.


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    Instructor: Annie Hughes

    Dr. Annie Hughes is a specialist in Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) who has been teaching and training young learners, teachers and teacher trainers for 40 years - and still loves it! She is Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Education, University of York, UK where she is Director of the MA in TEYL, a distance learning masters programme which focuses on teaching English to learners from 6 to 16 years of age.

    Dr. Hughes is a specialist TEYL consultant and works on EYL projects worldwide for Ministries of Education and several NGO’s. She was the IATEFL YL SIG coordinator for four years.

    She has written many articles on TEYL and TEYL related research and is regularly invited to talk at conferences worldwide. In addition, she was both Director of and Tutor on the annual British Council Summer School in TEYL, 1989 -2000, and directed the British Council Specialist Seminars on Managing Change in TEYL (2001 & 2002). She has also been a TEYL consultant for the BBC World Service.

    She has also written many TEYL teaching materials including Carousel 1 & 2 (Longman), Treasure Trail 3 & 4 (Penguin), 100 Plus Ideas for Children (Heinemann) , Carnival of Song (Cornelson) and JET: Songs and Rhymes (Mary Glasgow).

    Additionally, she has also been involved in many TEYL readers’ series. She co-created and edited The Penguin Young Readers Series, was TEYLconsultant for the Usborne ELTseries and has recently been involved in the new Popcorn series of readers, based on films for children (Scholastic/ Mary Glasgow).

    Dr Annie Hughes’ particular areas of special interest are; the teaching of reading in TEYL; Action Research for TEYL teachers; the teaching of language through story; and the use of song and rhyme in TEYL which she feels is very important in TEYL, though this may be because she comes from Liverpool!


    Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).


    A new section of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

    All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have to be present when lessons are released. You will have access to all lessons until the course ends. However, the interactive discussion area that accompanies each lesson will automatically close two weeks after the lesson is released. As such, we strongly recommend that you complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

    The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks to complete all of your course work, including the final exam.

    Week 1

    Wednesday - Lesson 01
    How Do Young Learners Learn Languages?

    Friday - Lesson 02
    Implications for Teaching English to Young Learners

    Week 2

    Wednesday - Lesson 03
    Teaching Language to Young Learners

    Friday - Lesson 04
    Teaching Listening in English to Young Learners

    Week 3

    Wednesday - Lesson 05
    Teaching Speaking in English to Young Learners

    Friday - Lesson 06
    Teaching Reading in English to Young Learners

    Week 4

    Wednesday - Lesson 07
    Teaching Writing in English to Young Learners

    Friday - Lesson 08
    Using Stories When Teaching English to Young Learners

    Week 5

    Wednesday - Lesson 09
    Using Songs, Rhymes, Chants and Poems in the Language Classroom

    Friday - Lesson 10
    Using Games in the Language Classroom

    Week 6

    Wednesday - Lesson 11
    Using Presentations, Puppets, Videos, Role-play and Drama in TEYL

    Friday - Lesson 12
    Evaluation, Assessment and Research in TEYL