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Teaching English to Young Learners

Online Professional Development

Teaching English to Young Learners is a course for all teachers of primary age students. It aims to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to support young learners through the delivery of engaging and motivating lessons.

This eight module course focuses on aspects such as examining the skills children need to be able to learn effectively, and managing classroom interaction. Aspects such as skills development, evaluation, and assessment are explored through media rich content, and opportunities for discussion with teachers around the world. Participation in this course will give you the opportunity to explore tools and activities that prepare children for lifelong learning.

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Key features

  • Provides practical activities to create a motivating and effective learning environment for young learners
  • Develops awareness of the ways in which children of different ages learn
  • Explores methods of classroom management and managing interaction with primary students
  • Highlights strategies and techniques for assessing young learners

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Oxford Teachers’ Academy courses are suitable for teachers with an initial qualification and some teaching experience. Typically they provide 30 hours of core material spread over 8 sessions, with suggestions for further reading and interesting websites, videos, and blogs for each topic.

Participants have 12 months to access the course content on their computers anytime, anywhere with access to the internet. That means they can fit their study around teaching commitments, at a pace to suit their own learning style.

Session aims and topics have been mapped onto the EAQUALS Framework of Language Teacher Training and Development.

The structure of the session specifically facilitates self-study and helps all participants stay engaged through a media-rich, interactive learning experience, encouraging reflection, and providing suggestions of possible answers and solutions. Participants can also contribute to and create discussions and chat with other teachers taking the same course.

The courses are full of innovative ideas, approaches and theories. They offer plenty of food for thought, including chapters from Professional Development and Applied Linguistics books, video interviews with experts, and links to academic journals. To fully benefit from this rich resource, we recommend English proficiency level of at least B2 on the CEFR.

Completion of Oxford Teachers’ Academy courses is certified by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, course participants must submit an Evidence of Learning Journal on completion of the course. The Evidence of Learning Journal will be evaluated against the Evaluation criteria. If all criteria are met, participants will receive an electronic Certificate of Completion within six weeks of submitting the Evidence of Learning Journal.

Reviews

I liked the course content and structure. The variety of content presentation and interaction with content are two assets for the course. I liked how content is presented. There are lots of instances of user interaction and lot of variety: slideshows, quizzes, videos, texts, etc. The content is very interesting, easy to follow and beautiful to read/watch on screen.
Gonzalo Rosetti – Argentina (Teacher)

The content of the course so far is really well-balanced with theory and practice. The reflect sections are very useful and make us rethink about our teaching practice! The downloadable extracts and articles certainly add a great value to the course.
Juliana Fagundes – Brazil (Teacher)

Session Topics

Session 1: How children learn
  • To review key learning theories and their application.
  • To compare how children of different ages learn.
  • To analyse classroom activities and lesson plans in relation to the theories and principles covered in the session.
Session 2: Learning to learn: 21st century skills
  • To examine the skills children need to be able to learn effectively.
  • To identify what the key 21st century skills are.
  • To explore tools and activities that prepare children for lifelong learning in the 21st century.
Session 3: Classroom management
  • To explore ways of managing interaction in the classroom.
  • To examine strategies and practical ideas for working with large, or mixed-ability classes.
  • To identify ways of using the learners' first language (L1) as a resource.
Session 4: Developing listening and speaking skills
  • To explore the principles of teaching and learning listening and speaking skills.
  • To analyse the sub-skills involved in listening and speaking.
  • To evaluate a range of activities, including storytelling, for teaching listening and speaking.
Session 5: Literacy
  • To examine the nature and use of literacy in the 21st century.
  • To explore how literacy can be taught to younger and older young learners.
  • To evaluate a range of practical activities and assess their suitability in helping children to become literate.
Session 6: Grammar and vocabulary
  • To review current theories on teaching and learning grammar and vocabulary.
  • To identify the aims of a range of grammar and vocabulary activities.
  • To examine a range of practical activities and assess their suitability for young learners.
Session 7: Resources evaluation and lesson planning
  • To evaluate the suitability of different resources in a specific teaching context.
  • To examine the benefits of good practice in lesson planning.
  • To consider the range of resources available for a 'teacher's toolbox'.
Session 8: Feedback, evaluation, and assessment
  • To examine the importance of assessment in learning.
  • To compare different assessment methods.
  • To understand how to use appropriate classroom assessment tasks.

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978-0-19-400335-3

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978-0-19-400329-2

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