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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Exploratory Approaches with Secondary Learners & Teacher Well Being

Bruno Andrade What have you been pedagogically pondering about recently? What actions could you take to improve your own teacher well being?  I am one of the co-founders of BrELT, a community dedicated to professional...


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Preventing Plagiarism in Secondary ELT – A Case for Learner Training

Virginia Parker Plagiarism is, unfortunately, a part of just about every secondary English language course, no matter in which country you work, and no matter if your context is a language school, an international school,...


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