Take a look at the image of these children. Can you guess their ages? Do you know what is happening in their brain development right now? Do you know how this will affect your teaching? Do you know what will be happening to their brains in three years' time?
You know the language, you even know the standard approaches for teaching English, but a good understanding of the cognitive, social and emotional development of these age groups will completely transform your teaching.
The Characteristics of Young Learners
What is are young learners like? In this short course, we explore our beliefs and expectations regarding children, and compare that to key research into child development in relation to their learning. (3+ hours)(1) 5.0 average rating
Teacher Development Resource Library
This is not a course. Here you can find supplementary resources if you want ot drill down deeper: PDFs, terminology lists, CELTA and Delta resources, book lists, extra videos and much more.
Teaching English to Young Learners: Listening Skills
Discover how YLs develop listening skills. Understand why listening is the platform of language learning. Analyse activities for developing listening and the challenges. This module forms part of the Teaching English to Young Learners Series.(1) 5.0 average rating
Teaching English to Young Learners: Speaking Skills
Discover how YLs transition from listening to speaking with the help of meaningful input. Analyse resources and activities for the classroom that are effective. This module forms part of the Teaching English to Young Learners Series.(1) 5.0 average rating
Teaching English to Young Learners: Reading Skills
Discover how YLs learn to read and the types of approaches used. Discover strategies, resources and activities for the classroom that are effective and age appropriate. This module forms part of the Teaching English to Young Learners Series.(2) 4.5 average rating
Teaching English to Young Learners: Writing Skills
Understand the process of how reading moves into writing. Recognise the stages and approaches required and explore different writing activities and age appropriateness. This module forms part of the Teaching English to Young Learners Series.(1) 4.0 average rating
Anna’s specialism is enabling primary and secondary school teachers with local constraints, such as limited resources, to become the best teacher they can by enhancing all students’ learning opportunities through engagement.
Her work as a Director of Studies and a teacher within the primary school system in New Zealand has given her an insight into curriculum development as well as setting up mentoring and CPD programmes for teachers. She’s passionate about working with young and very young learners (ages 3 to 13) and is involved in online tutoring of primary and secondary school teachers for the British Council and writing materials and social media resources for local state school teachers.
- CELTA Certificate– Certificate in English Language Teacher to Adults (Wellington, New Zealand)
- YL Extension to CELTA – Certificate in English Language Teaching to Young Learners (Casablanca, Morocco)
- Delta – Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (ATTC, Sydney, Australia)
- GradDip in Primary Education – Graduate Diploma in Primary Education (=PGCE) (Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand)
- MEd in Education in Applied Linguistics (Open University, UK)
- Languages: English, Dutch (both native); Swedish, French, German (all upper intermediate); Spanish (low intermediate); Chinese and Arabic (beginner)
- Cambridge English CELTA/Delta Tutor
- Cambridge English CELTA/Delta Assessor
Emma’s specialism is looking at creative solutions to classroom practice and learning, working with all age groups. She has a background in museum and visual arts education and English language teaching, as well as communications, marketing, video, audio, design and coding. She has also worked in teacher management working with the business side of running language schools and working with agents. She is a visual artist with an active, recognised career spanning 20 + years (emmapratt.com). Her current project is in writing and illustrating for children. She is also a parent and company director.
In learning, her area of interest is in artmaking as a physical, intellectual, and emotional response to the world. She investigates ways in which it can be used in English language contexts to engage children’s brains, challenge their visual schema, and give voice to non-verbal forms of communication. She has contributed to publications and blogs on this subject.
Emma has given workshops at IATEFL and The Image Conference on drawing in the classroom as well as being the 2018 Artist in Residence at IATEFL. She is interested in the role of illustration in storytelling and how to exploit that in the classroom. Emma has been involved in an Artists in Schools programme and in artist residency projects where she has looked at storytelling. Online, she has given drawing and language workshops for children.
Emma has been designing online learning courses since 2013 and was, with Jamie King, a finalist in the ELTons 2014 for Innovation in Teaching Resources.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts
- CELTA Certificate– Certificate in English Language Teacher to Adults (Seville, Spain)
- Post Graduate: Museum Studies, Massey University, New Zealand
- Master in Programming (CEI, Spain)
- Languages: English; Spanish (upper-intermediate advanced); Māori (beginner)