Course curriculum

  • 02
    How do children move from listening to speaking?
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  • 03
    How do children move from parroting to freer speaking?
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    • What expectations can we have for speaking in our classroom?
    • A Visit to the Classroom: Speaking
    • The stages of speaking
    • Spoken interaction or spoken production?
    • Getting Children from Parroting to Autonomy: Herbert Puchta
  • 04
    Assessing Spoken Production Activities
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    • Activity: Categorise these speaking activities
    • Think Aloud: A teacher explains her own catgorisation and reasons
    • Higher Order Thinking Skills
    • Ideas for the Classroom
  • 05
    Let's Analyse Some Speaking Activities: Songs
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    • Songs
    • Songs Think Aloud: A teacher's response to the speaking support frame
    • Ideas for the Classroom
    • What are the objectives of using songs for language learning?
  • 06
    Speaking Activities: Story Telling and Drama
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    • Story Building (using flashcards, drawings, images and actions)
    • Case Study: Two short plays
    • Short Play: Bossy Lola
    • Short Play: Fernando Goes Nuts
    • Plays and Drama
  • 07
    Speaking Activities: Video
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    • Video
    • Ideas for the Classroom
  • 08
    Speaking Activities: Image
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    • The power of the image
    • Using one image as the base of a lesson
    • Teacher's think aloud in response to this lesson idea
  • 09
    Speaking Activities: Presentations and Talks
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    • How can we support older YLs and teens to develop presentation skills?
  • 10
    Summary and Next Steps...
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    • Summary
    • Some Further Resources
    • Here is an overview of the whole YL series...
    • Here's what's next...
    • Before you go...

Contributors to the Course

“There is so much to know about Young Learners. Too many people make the unfortunate assumption that with a qualification like the CELTA alone, newly trained teachers will be effective with children. That's far from the truth. ”

Main Course Writer, CELTA and Delta Trainer, YL Teacher Developer

Anna Hasper

“Working with teachers in a public primary school and years of teaching older young learners and teens with minimal support meant that I knew just how much a course like this would have helped me when I was starting out. I'd like to thank the children, teachers and parents who all contributed their knowledge and time for this course and to Anna for her expertise. Arohanui.”

ELTCampus Director, Tutor and Teacher Developer

Emma L Pratt


Take this course alone or as part of the Teaching English to Young Learners bundle.

Move them into authentic, meaningful communication

Support your YLs as they transition to speaking with lots of fun and engagement.

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