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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.

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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


IATEFL YLTSIG Pre-Conference Event: 21st Century Values Education in TEYLs (Glasgow, 3rd April, 2017)

Shay Coyne The theme of the 2017 YLTSIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE) was Values Education, an area increasingly in the spotlight as we become more globally interconnected. The YLTSIG PCE did more than just showcase Values...