Module Details

IA441-7-AU-CO: Introduction To Teaching Young Learners

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Essex Pathways
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Nilufer Demirkan-Jones
Teaching Staff: Dr Nilüfer Demirkan-Jones
Contact details: Dr N. Demirkan-Jones, telephone 01206 872205, email

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module is compulsory for students on MA in English Language Teaching (Young Learners). It is also open to MA TESOL and MA ELT students, as well as to MA AL and MA TEFL students with classroom teaching experience. It is suggested that those students who have limited teaching experience but wish to undertake the spring term module IA641 Investigation into the Young Learners' Classroom should attend this module first.

This module focuses on the teaching of English as a foreign language to children mainly of primary school age, and partly of early teenage years. Topics will include characteristics of children as learners, and issues relating to the planning of a young learner foreign language programme. More practical aspects of the module include consideration of appropriate teaching methods and materials for young children. The module will comprise lectures, discussion and workshop tasks.

Topics covered include:
- Theories of child development
- Characteristics and needs of young learners
- Multiple Intelligences
- Learning to learn
- Teaching language skills
- Teaching transferable skills
- Approaches to syllabus design
- Principles of task design and sequencing
- Introduction to young learner course books

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, the students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key characteristics of children, the theories on how children learn and what their cognitive preferences are. The students will also understand the principles of task and materials design and be able to assess how these relate to the way children think and learn in the foreign language classroom.

Learning and Teaching Methods

10 x 2 hour sessions consisting of lectures, seminar discussions and workshops based on reading assignments and on participants' own teaching experiences; one of the workshops will be based upon observations of a visit to local school.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


1,000 word practical task (30%) and 3,000 word literature review (70%)


  • Brumfit et al (1995) Teaching English to children, Longman
  • Cameron, L. (2001) Teaching English to Young Learners, CUP
  • Ellis G, Brewster J, Girard D. (2002) The Primary English Teacher's Guide (New Edition), Penguin
  • Fisher R (1990) Teaching children to think Simon & Schuster Education
  • Greig, A., Taylor, J., and MacKay, T. (2007) Doing Research with Children Sage Publications
  • Halliwell S (1992) Teaching English in the Primary Classroom. Harlow: Longman
  • Moon J. (2000) Children Learning English Macmillan Heinemann
  • Pinter, A. (2006) Teaching Young Language Learners. OUP
  • Vale, D. & Feunteun, A (1995). Teaching Children English. Cambridge: CUP
  • Wood, D. (1988). How children think and learn Oxford: Blackwell Publishing 2nd ed.

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