YLT iatefl
Our Mission


Our mission is to lead, drive change and set standards in Teaching English to Young Learners and Teenagers (2 – 17 years old) for training and development, classroom practice and assessment. We aim to provide practical advice regarding different models of YL ELT (e.g. EFL, EMI, CLIL), age-appropriate pedagogy, child-safe recruitment as well as suitable ELT qualifications for young learner teachers. Our members include classroom practitioners, teacher trainers, researchers, academic managers and materials / content developers working in both state and private sectors worldwide.

We source inspiration and guidance from UNESCO and other global organisations which focus on education.  The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a ‘child’ as a person below the age of 18, unless the laws of a particular country set the legal age for adulthood younger.  18 and 19 year-olds therefore have different rights and each age range under 18 have specific requirements regarding methodology, course structures, materials, learning environment and appropriately qualified teachers as well as those related to duty of care, child protection and safeguarding.

As David Graddol in English Next (2006) states, ‘The age at which children start learning English has been lowering across the world.  English has moved from the traditional ‘foreign languages’ slot in lower secondary school to primary school – even pre-school’.  We therefore acknowledge that ‘Young Learners’ is an umbrella term encompassing all these age ranges and that there are differences in our members’ national educational systems and transition stages. We advocate use of the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) mapping criteria which helps us to refer to these differences http://www.uis.unesco.org/Education/Documents/isced-2011-en.pdf and provides a common terminology for clarity, consistency and knowledge sharing:

  • Early Years (2 – 5 year olds)
  • Primary (6 – 10 year olds)
  • Lower Secondary (11 – 14 year olds)
  • Upper Secondary (15 – 17 year olds)
Latest Updates

Discover our exciting line up of talks & workshops from YLTSIG Committee members at IATEFL Glasgow!

Lomond Auditorium 
Workshop YLT SIG Day, Tuesday 4 April, 10.40 – 11.25
Transforming teenagers into 21st Century global citizens 
Joan Kang Shin, YLTSIG Social Media / Online Events Coordinator 
For young teenagers, life can be both exciting and confusing. They are discovering who they are and who they want to become. In this workshop, I will offer tips and ideas for teachers of young teenagers to help their students better understand themselves, each other, and the world they live in.

 

Lomond Auditorium
Workshop YLT SIG Day, Tuesday 4 April, 16.05 – 16.50
Assessing children through games: what every teacher needs to know 
Christina Giannikas, YLTSIG Joint Coordinator
In this highly interactive workshop, the aim is to present participants with authentic material and hands-on techniques for using games to assess young learners aged 7-11, and how to apply student-centred approaches to assessment. Participants will be presented with more child-friendly YL assessment techniques, compared to standardised assessment, bringing about the endless benefits of games to the young learner.

 

Dochart Room
Workshop, Wednesday 5 April, 16.20 – 17.05
Creative approaches to intercultural learning in primary English language teaching 
David Valente, YLTSIG Joint Coordinator
This workshop will enable attendees to explore the dimensions involved in intercultural learning in primary English language teaching, while showcasing fresh and creative approaches. These will include ways to exploit materials and practical techniques to promote intercultural discovery among children. The focus throughout will be application to attendees’ own contexts, as well as takeaway ideas for the primary English classroom.

 

Boisdale 1 Room
Talk, Thursday 6 April, 12.00 – 12.30
Connected Development – teacher reflection and online networks
David Dodgson, YLTSIG Web Coordinator
Reflection is one of the most powerful forces in teacher development, and social media platforms provide the potential to connect and share with teachers on a global scale. Based on David’s own research and experience, this talk will explore how teachers reflect, the role online networks play in that process, and practical tips for enhancing reflection through social media.

 

Don’t miss our lively balloon debate at IATEFL Glasgow 2017! Chaired by the highly-acclaimed Jamie Keddie
18.10 – 18.30, 4 April, in the Lomond Auditorium.
MOTION: Finnish education principles can be applied to Young Learner ELT around the globe
Proposer: David Valente
Opposer: Emily Bell
Join us for engaging ideas, prosecco and nibbles!

IATEFL Glasgow 2017 YLTSIG Day

IATEFL Glasgow 2017 Pre-Conference Event

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