Tag Archives: very young learners

Blurred lines and awkward conversations

As teachers of young learners we take on many roles.  We lead our students in class, share knowledge with them, cheer them on, listen to them, protect them, arbitrate between them, care for them… the list goes on and on.  … Continue reading

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Getting parents involved

There are lots of reasons to encourage parents to get involved in their child’s learning of English.  I won’t go into detail here but in my experience, the children who gain practice and reinforcement at home are more likely to … Continue reading

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Using L1 with Young Learners

Should English teachers use the native language in class with young learners? There is an ongoing debate surrounding this question.  It’s been going on for years and I’m sure the end of the discussion is nowhere in sight.  A google … Continue reading

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Talk Time

In keeping with my resolutions for the new school year (see previous post), I’ve added a new daily activity to my pre-school classes.  I call it ‘Talk Time’ because I like alliteration and it’s simple enough for the little ones … Continue reading

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Presenting Vocabulary to Very Young Learners

Presenting new vocabulary to young learners can be complicated because you need to get their attention, keep their attention and encourage them to participate in activities such as drilling. The routines I use in presenting new words to my students … Continue reading

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