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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.

Primary and secondary English teacher education in Brazil – Gabriel Ribeiro, Guilherme Pacheco, Leticia Moraes, Renata Borges

In Brazil, there are 2.5 million teachers who teach 50 million students in 200,000 schools. This demonstrates the magnitude of the educational system. Therefore, we are not claiming that everything in this blog post reflects...


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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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Weaving Sustainability into the Primary ELT Curriculum, Clyde Fowle

Making sustainability more than an ‘add on’ This is really crucial in my opinion. By embedding sustainability into a wide variety of topics across the curriculum, children better understand its importance and see the links...


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Professional Development Programmes for Primary English Language Teachers, Wendy Arnold

Context Setting Primary English language teacher development programmes are as unique and diverse as the teachers who attend them and the teacher educators who deliver them. That said, in this blog post, I will aim...


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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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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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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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