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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.

Doing Projects with Secondary English Classes, Olha Madylus

Worlds apart It’s amazing how different an upper primary English class can be to a lower secondary class. Not only is there a lot more movement, songs and play in the primary class, there also...


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Using picturebooks in primary English language teaching – Gail Ellis, Tatia Gruenbaum, Sandie Mourão, Anneta Sadowska

Every year thousands of high-quality children’s picturebooks are published in English.  They offer a rich, but often under-used, flexible and motivating resource for primary English language teaching (PELT). The fusion of the best in trade...


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Activities with Purpose – How I build upper secondary learners’ self-esteem, Sofia Leone

For the past eight years, I have worked closely with upper secondary learners in southern Italy. It was clear from the outset that the only way I could make an ELT career work for me...


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The Thrills of TED-Ed Videos in Upper-Secondary English Classrooms, Iris Thiri Su

Using animated TED-Ed videos in upper-secondary English language classrooms is engaging, interactive and enjoyable. As an English teacher in Myanmar, I have been using TED-Ed videos for almost five years. Upper secondary teenagers in Myanmar...


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IATEFL Liverpool YLTSIG PCE: Building bridges and finding common ground in TEYLs, Susan Holden

PCE memories – what remains? In many ways, a Pre-Conference Event (PCE) acts as a bridge between its participants’ ‘outside’ lives and what they are about to experience in the coming conference. In the days...


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IATEFL YLTSIG – How and Why You Should Get Involved

What does membership of IATEFL and YLTSIG mean to you? You get the newsletter and the TEYLT Worldwide magazine, you attend the webinars and the annual web conference, you follow our social media channels and...


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Through others we become ourselves: guiding mediation in secondary ELT

Dirk Lagerwaard Picture this scene: thirty teenagers, no coursebook and equipped only with a board marker… “Just make sure they all end up speaking in English” said the head teacher of the school where I...


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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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