Young Learner Starter Kit

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Young Learner Starter Kit

It is a one week long course which provides teachers with the initial tools to start teaching children from age 6 to 11.

Who is the course for?

This 100% online course is aimed at teachers who have taken their CELTA and want to broaden their knowledge in the area of Young Learners. It is also suitable for experienced teachers of adults who want to move into working with children.

Aims and Structure

This course is practical and consists of workshops and input on the key basics in YL teaching.

Course Participants (Cps) will:

  • Practice planning to meet aims
  • Learn about activities to use to stimulate and support language development, for example craft, games, stories and songs and ways to make learning opportunities from play
  • Learn classroom management techniques
  • Practice online teaching

Seminars and inputs will take place completely online with interactive remote lessons. All trainees will then have the opportunity to peer teach online, putting their new skills into practice and receiving feedback from the tutors. There are no written assignments or coursework.

CPs will self-assess their learning throughout the course, compiling a learner diary which, along with their tried and tested lesson plans and feedback will provide them with a portfolio of ideas, suggestions and reflections to take them forward in their YL teaching.

If you’ve always wanted to teach Young Learners, this course is the kit you need to get started!

 

  • NEXT COURSE: online course from 6 to 10 July 2020
  • FREQUENCY: Monday to Friday 9.00-10.30, 10.45-12.15 plus 1-1 tutorials on Friday afternoon
  • TOTAL HOURS: 12 hours input + Teaching Practice + tutorial (Seminars and inputs will take place completely online with interactive remote lessons. All trainees will then have the opportunity to peer teach online, putting their new skills into practice and receiving feedback from the tutors. There are no written assignments or coursework).
  • REQUISITES:
    • C1 level of English
    • CELTA o equivalent
    • Some previous teaching experience (However, you would not be expected to have any previous teaching experience with children. This course is suitable for YL beginners!)
    • Access to a computer, good internet connection and Zoom

*Our school is a certified member of AISLI, an association accredited to teach state and private school teachers: you can spend your “Buono Scuola” here! 

Course Programme
9:30 – 11:0011:00 – 11:3011:30 – 01:00
MondayTeaching Young Learners – what’s it all about?breakClassroom Management
TuesdayActivity bank – Build up your bank of classroom activitiesbreakSongs and chants – learning through music and movement
WednesdayPuzzles and Patterns – making grammar funbreakEarly literacy skills
ThursdayLesson planning workshopbreakTeaching YL Online – adapting what you’ve learnt for distance learning
FridayCPs teach or peer observe with tasksbreakCPs teach or peer observe with tasks

Meet the Course Tutors!

Main Course Tutor

Kate Knight is the Director of Studies at IH Milan – San Donato. She has been working in ELT since 2007 as a teacher and teacher trainer before moving into academic management. While she loves all aspects of her job, she has a real passion for working with children and young people. Kate is CELTA and DELTA qualified and is an approved tutor on both the IH VYL and IH CYLT.

Assistant Course Tutor

Tiziana Pace is the Young Learners Coordinator at International House Milan – San Donato. She has always been interested in foreign languages and cultures and after a few years abroad, she decided to combine that with her great passion for working with children. Tiziana is CELTA qualified and is an approved tutor on the IH VYL.

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