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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.

Making a drama out of a crisis

Nick Bilbrough There can be very few informed people around the world who would deny that as a planet we are in crisis right now, and that there are many places in our world which...


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Chilean Primary Learning Experiences – The Power of Storytelling

Maria-Jesus Inostroza For Chilean primary children, English is a language from lands far, far away. In this blog post, I will explore the benefits of storytelling to enable children to interact in English through meaningful...


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Going up! Reflecting on rising levels in upper secondary

David Spencer One thing that makes us happy as teachers is to see our students making progress. But progress can often be one of the hardest things to spot (some practical tips on this at...


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IATEFL YLTSIG at the 7th ELT Malta Conference

David Valente The 7th ELT Malta Conference was held between 11 and 13 October 2018, organised by the ELT Council, a regulatory body within Malta’s Ministry for Education and Employment. According to Daniel Xerri, Chair...


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Technology in the primary English classroom

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto Through my work as an author and teacher trainer, I’ve been lucky to meet and work with primary teachers throughout Asia where I’m based, and around the world. Most of these teachers...


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A Framework for the Development of Young Learner Teachers

Vinicius Nobre and Jhony Balisa Drivers for CPD in YL ELT In the Brazilian context, we often hear academic managers say that inexperienced teachers should work with young learners because it is an easier job...


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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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