Teaching English as a foreign language to very young learners and young learners (kindergarten and lower primary school - grades 0-3) 4101-3ZDYDPPIEE
During the course students learn to define and characterise stages in child development as well as to recognize difficulties and special educational needs. Students can describe peculiarities of working with children and teacher’s duties concerning children’s educational needs. The course equips students with an ability to assess and select methods, techniques and teaching aids appropriate for teaching foreign languages to children with reference to language skills (mainly listening and speaking but also reading and writing) and elements (e.g. vocabulary). After the course students know how to design and prepare teaching aids as well as how to assess children’s progress during foreign language lessons.
A list of topics:
Stages and aspects of child development.
Language acquisition process in children.
Characterising children as foreign language learners.
Classroom management – authority, keeping discipline, ground rules, grouping and seating, activities, timing, lesson planning, teaching techniques and methods.
Using hand-on activities, poems, stories, songs, chants, drama and games in teaching foreign languages to young and very young learners.
Teaching language skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing.
Teaching elements of language – vocabulary and grammar.
Testing and assessment.
Note: Particular topics can be covered during more than one meeting.
Type of course
Continuous assessment - preparation and active participation in classes, short quizzes and a final test, project work (students design and produce teaching aids as well as prepare micro-teaching tasks.
90-100% - 5,
75-89% - 4,
60-74% - 3,
0-59% - 2.
Cameron, L. (2000). Teaching languages to young learners. Cambridge: CUP.
Pinter, A. (2006). Teaching young language learners. Oxford: OUP.
Szpotowicz, M., & Szulc-Kurpaska, M. (2009). Teaching English to young learners. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN.
Brewster, J. et al. (2003). The primary English teacher's guide. London: Penguin.
Ellis, G., & Brewster, J. (2003). The storytelling handbook. London: Penguin.
Ioannou-Georgiou, S., & Pavlou, P. ((2003). Assessing young learners. Oxford: OUP.
Lewis, G., & Bedson, G. (1999). Games for children. Oxford: OUP.
Moon, J. (2000). Children learning English. Oxford: Macmillan.
Phillips, S. (1993). Young learners. Oxford: OUP.
Reilly, V., & Ward, S. (1997). Very young learners. Oxford: OUP.
Scott, W., & Ytreberg, L. (1990). Teaching English to children. London: Longman.
Slattery, M., & Willis, J. (2001). English for primary teachers. A handbook of activities & classroom language. Oxford: OUP.
Szpotowicz, M. (2008). Second language learning processes in lower primary children. Warszawa: WUW.
Information on level of this course, year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered, types and amount of class hours - can be found in course structure diagrams of apropriate study programmes. This course is related to the following study programmes:
- Teaching Foreign Languages, English, French (2nd subject), part-time, first-cycle studies
- Teaching foreign languages: English, 2nd subj. teaching 'history and social studies'
- Teaching Foreign Languages, English, German (2nd subject), part-time, first-cycle studies
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