Author Archives: careymicaela

About careymicaela

I've been teaching Young Learners and Very Young Learners for over ten years now. My degrees are in Psychology and Spanish. I also completed my TEFL certification in Madrid and the Ih Young Learners Course in Seville. I enjoy working with children and sharing those experiences with other teachers. In my free time (when that exists!) I like to read, listen to music, practice yoga and go on long cycling routes with my husband.

Presenting and Attending

In February I presented for the first time ever.  My topic was exploiting L1 in the Young Learner classroom and I gave the talk/workshop at the ACEIA conference in Málaga.  Later in March I attended my first ever TESOL conference, … Continue reading

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Exploiting L1 in the Young Learner Classroom: list of references

The following is a list of references I used when preparing my session.  I have provided a link to the source if it is available online. I’m hoping to have some time soon to sit down and write a post … Continue reading

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#liveninguptheprocesschallenge

It’s taken me a while to find time to write this post but it’s finally here.  The idea for this post came from Zhenya Polosatova’s blog post on #liveninguptheprocesschallenge . I use quite a bit of material in my classes … Continue reading

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Call for Opinions and Experiences

I have finally decided to take the plunge and in February I will be presenting for the first time ever.  As I am nervous about how my first session will go, I am overpreparing everything and basically making myself even … Continue reading

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Circle Time Feelings Activity

I begin most of my classes with young learners in Circle Time (see this post for more information).  The beginning of each class normally includes students telling the class something they’d like to share, a hello song and a question … Continue reading

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What do you mean you don’t remember?!

Working with Very Young Learners can be painfully slow going and frustrating.  With the four year-olds especially, I often find myself wondering, ‘Am I really teaching them anything? Or are we just playing and singing songs?’ It seems like we’ll … Continue reading

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Process Writing with Young Learners

  As teachers, we all know that writing is an important skill that requires training as well as practice.  Developing an ability to express our thoughts clearly in writing can be difficult and takes time.  I think it’s important to … Continue reading

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Feelings of Isolation

  When I first started teaching, I worked at a public school in the States and then at language academies in Spain.  As a teacher new to the field and keen on personal development, I often sought out opportunities for … Continue reading

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Mini Whiteboards in the Young Learner Classroom

I have lots of props, posters and other visual aids that I use in class with young learners but I’m pretty sure that my best investment was in mini whiteboards.  They were relatively inexpensive yet are extremely versatile and fairly … Continue reading

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The Conference High

I love going to Teachers’ Conferences.  I always walk away with my head buzzing and full of ideas.  They’re energizing and motivational, especially at this time of year when I need just a little boost of excitement about teaching to … Continue reading

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