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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.

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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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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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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Creating high-quality materials for early years and primary learners

Emily Hird I’ll let you into a secret. Many people in the ELT profession think writing materials for early years and primary learners must be a doddle. There are so few words on the page...


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Online Safeguarding in Primary ELT – Why you shouldn’t post a child’s face online

Jen Dobson ‘Safety first’ should be a familiar mantra for all who work with primary learners.  Making the most of educational technology and online tools in the primary ELT classroom brings considerable responsibility as regards...


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