Teaching Very Young Learners (4 - 8 year olds)
|Contrary to popular belief, teaching very young learners (4 - 8 year olds), also referred to as primary learners), can be | |as rewarding an experience as teaching adults. Unfortunately, so many horror stories abound in the field of EFL that most | |teachers tend to shy away from wanting to teach very young learners. As mentioned, this is unfortunate, as most EFL schools| |give hiring preference to teachers who have experience teaching English to children. Because teaching children is different| |from teaching adults, many certificate courses offer additional training in this area. Similarly, most language schools | |offer workshops and seminars with the goal of assisting teachers to develop their skills in teaching very young learners, | |and though the pages contained in Link Up are inadequate to thoroughly perform this task, the ideas and techniques that | |follow should serve as a starting point. | |1. Discipline: | |Before you begin a children's course, decide what rules and routines you want to establish. Here are some things to think | |about: | |Where will students sit? | |What is acceptable behaviour? | |What are acceptable work standards (completed, neat, on time, etc.)? Show them what is expected. | |How will you inform the children of your expectations? | |How should materials be passed out and collected? | |When and where should children put completed work / homework? | |What basic language will children need for daily activities? (Think about key phrases such as pair work, homework please, | |etc.) | |What will they do with any free time? | |Rules, routines and classroom language should be taught as lessons! You could plan very simple first day activities, but | |focus on rules and enforce them! At first, students will need to be reminded of these every day, e.g.: | |I don't understand. | |What's this called in English? | |Pass the ______, please | |Whose turn is it to ____? | | | |Remember that children are likely to show good behaviour in the first few classes, but they will soon test you! It is | |necessary to be firm for the first two weeks to establish authority. What follows are a few fun ideas for maintaining | |discipline. | |2. Fun Ideas for Maintaining Discipline | |Party Jar...
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