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YLTSIG Blog

Welcome to the YLTSIG Blog! Each month we will be featuring a different guest blogger to share their ideas, experiences and reflections on an aspect of YLT from a range of children’s and teenagers’ English language learning contexts around the world.

Magical learning moments: using puppets with early years and primary children

Valéria França My blog post focuses on using puppets with early years and primary children to foster more magical English language learning. I will also provide some practical ideas for ways to do this in...


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Teacher Research on Pronunciation in Early Years and Primary ELT

Nicola Meldrum In this blog post, I will explore the benefits of doing teacher research and provide tips on how to go about it effectively in the early years and primary classroom. As course director...


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The Value of Play in Early Years ELT

Helen Chapman You may be familiar with the idea that ‘children learn through play’, although in ELT this isn’t as widely acknowledged as it is in many mainstream education contexts. However, I have found that...


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Fun, creativity, imagination… What do secondary language learners really need?

Fiona Mauchline In the last few years, there has been increasing pushback against the idea that secondary English classes should be fun, and that we need to foster creativity. Although ‘be more demanding’, ‘focus on...


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IATEFL 2018 YLTSIG PCE Review: Children’s Rights, Children’s Future: Practical Applications in TEYLs

Amanda Davies The 2018 YLTSIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE) focused on the United Nations Rights of the Child and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. At first glance, these themes may appear beyond the remit of...


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Incorporating Phonology in Primary ELT – A guide for early career teachers

Claire Venables As an experienced YL ELT practitioner, I’m aware of how much time and energy is involved in teaching children. With everything we need to consider in our lessons, in a number of PELT...


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Developing Primary Learners’ Communicative Competence in English

Luciana Fernandez When I was a little girl, back in the eighties, my teachers at school would ask me to do research. I’d go home desperately hoping that the information I needed was in one...


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Literacy Lessons for Lower Secondary Learners

Zahra Zuhair The right approach When I first started teaching literacy for lower secondary Arabic speakers, one of my biggest challenges was lesson planning. Literacy learners usually work at a slower pace but lower secondary...


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Teaching without Borders – Developing Strong Bonds with Refugee Children

Efi Tzouri I have always believed our choices are predetermined by our past. Not as a kind of superstition or destiny, but as a footprint that has been marked in our DNA. I am convinced...


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Dealing effectively with challenging parents, care-givers and home contacts

Sarah Findlay For the most part, parents / care-givers and educators share a common goal. We eye-roll at the silliness, smile at the creativity, take joy in the successes and marvel when expectations are exceeded....


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