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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.

Bringing diversity into the secondary English classroom, Ilá Coimbra and James Taylor

A learning environment inclusive of diverse teenage student identities, benefits everyone in the secondary English classroom. Research has shown that a lack of representation and social categorization is linked to bullying amongst teenagers, since students...


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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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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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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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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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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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