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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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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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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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Encouraging YLs and Tweens to Use L2

I’ve used a number of different strategies in class in trying to encourage my pupils to communicate in English and had varied results.  What worked with one group didn’t necessarily work with another.  Finding something that I’m happy with and … Continue reading

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It’s Music to Their Ears

Music is a staple in the young learners’ classroom.  That’s my opinion at least.  Music is a huge part of my lessons, especially with very young learners.  In this post I’m going to explore why I use music so much … 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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Resolutions For the New School Year

As we are on the brink of starting a new school year, I thought it best to reflect a bit on some things I’d like to change in my classroom.  I think it’s important to take notice of what’s working … Continue reading

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Activities Share

Question Chain Age:  any Materials: none Procedure:  Choose a question- this can be a warm- up question or the target language you want to revise or practice.  Students can sit at their desks, stand in a circle or sit in … Continue reading

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Classroom Management

Classroom Management is an essential part of any YL classroom but it takes many shapes and forms which vary from teacher to teacher.  Generally speaking, managing the classroom involves using organized systems to motivate students while keeping their behavior in … Continue reading

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