There are a wide variety of different ways to continue to develop as a YLT English language teaching professional. Consider the following ideas and please share your own CPD ideas, experiences and reflections on our SIG Facebook. Scroll down for online resources, YLT teacher training qualifications, ways to develop inclusive practices, tips for YL materials writers, research / INSETT ideas, training for YL academic managers and age-specific CPD ideas.
We’re excited to be hosting what’s promised to be the biggest YLT online event of the year in commemoration of the SIG’s Pearl Jubilee! Featuring 30 speakers, each giving a 30-minute talk on a different area of YL ELT, the event will include talks for teachers of all age groups (early years, primary and secondary). Join our free, public-access event each day via this link: http://iatefl.adobeconnect.
Discover the 30 fantastic speakers and the schedule of their talks here
As you can see from our Home Page, YLTSIG hosts regular free webinars on a plethora of Early Years, Primary and Secondary ELT themes.
IATEFL Head Office also hosts monthly webinars which are free of charge and open to both members and non-members. No pre-registration is required, just click on the link on the day to join the webinar. A great example of a recent IATEFL webinar with clear YLT relevance (but not exclusively aimed at YLT practitioners) is ‘Including Dyslexic Learners’ given by Anne Margaret Smith from the IP&SENSIG. Visit this link to find out more about joining forthcoming IATEFL webinars http://www.iatefl.org/join/webinars
You can also subscribe to the IATEFL YouTube channel where you will find recordings of a variety of IATEFLtalks
Become a YLTSIG Blogger! Each month we will be lining up 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. Contact our Publications & Website Editor if you are interested in writing a blog post, email@example.com
Also, visit IATEFL’s central Blog and if you are a member, you could contribute a blog post. We are looking forward to reading all about your YLT-related experiences, reflections on any action research projects and other aspects of early years, primary and secondary ELT! See the IATEFL blog here http://blog.iatefl.org/
Teacher Training Courses
Cambridge English moderates and jointly badges the International House Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers (IHCYLT) comprising assessed teaching practice and written assignments focused on different age ranges. The IHCYLT is available in blended and face to face modes at International House schools worldwide and is also for teachers working for schools other than International House. Find out more here http://goo.gl/F2DkAR
Cambridge English also offers these YLT-focused teaching qualifications
a knowledge-based test for teachers of young learners
which has a YL specialist option focusing on a 5-year span of age ranges
Other popular teacher training courses with a YLT focus include:
Draw up a class profile to better understand your learners’ needs and backgrounds:
These downloadable e books guide you through the transition into YLT materials and content writing. They are full of practical tips and essential background information.
These questions represent ten ‘hot topics’ which have emerged in TEYLT over the past 30 years. They could provide a basis for post-graduate level research, INSETT sessions and action research as well as fruitful discussions in your staffrooms or virtual collaboration spaces!
We would love to hear YOUR views about the 10 hot topics on our Facebook page
The International House London Young Learner Centre Management Course gives academic managers insight into the specific requirements and considerations of running Young Learner programmes. The course is delivered wholly online and is designed to fit around the daily work commitments of existing academic managers or those seeking a move into Young Learner Management:http://www.ihlondon.com/courses/young-learner-centre-management/
Ideas contributed by Sandie Mourão
Dunn, O. (2012) Introducing English to Young Children: Spoken Language. London: Collins.
Gika, A-S. and Superfine, W. (1998), Young Learners Creating a Positive and Practical Learning Environment. Whitstable: IATEFL.
Reilly, V. & Ward, S.M. (1997) Very Young Learners. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Roth, G. (1998) Teaching Very Young Children. Preschool and early primary. London: Richmond
Online Training Courses
Face to Face Training Courses
Pilgrims Methodology & English Language for Kindergarten Teachers
Research into Early Years Language Learning
For research publications see HERE
Mourão, S. (2015). English at pre-primary: the challenges of getting it right. In J. Bland, (Ed.) Teaching English to Young Learners. Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3-12 year olds. London: Bloomsbury Academic
Mourão, S. & Lourenço, M. (Eds.) (2015). Early Years Second Language Education: International Perspectives on Theories and Practice. Abingdon: Routledge
Murphy, V. and Evangelou, M. (Eds). (2016). Early Childhood Education in English for Speakers of Other Languages. London: British Council. Online. Available
Pinter (2011), Children Learning Second Languages. Oxford: Macmillan.
Selected by Shelagh Rixon
(Special Pearl Anniversary Newsletter, 2016)
This is a selection of books and articles in the field of Primary ELT (PELT) from over the past 30 years. In the early part of the period there was little or nothing to read and the list therefore starts with some already-published works from the ‘Before the SIG’ era available to a keen-to-learn primary YL-er.
The list is selective in favour of whole books on PELT, including only a few single chapters offering something that is not covered in other works. The articles chosen tend to be survey or ‘landmark’ items.
The only course material included is that by IATEFL’s Founder, W.R. Lee. Some years have been fruitful and some rather sparse. Where there is not a major work for a particular year there is a gap. The books are listed in order of their first known publication date, since this is helpful in building up an idea of the history of PELT but many of the works have been published in later editions. These are listed only when (as in the case for example of Ellis and Brewster, 1991) a later edition has become available online.
While not focused solely on teaching / learning English as it’s ‘language development in the curriculum’, NALDIC is particularly recommended by our members who teach secondary English as an additional language.
Monthly round up of lesson ideas, tips, articles, many of which have relevance to secondary ELT.
Blog by Fiona Mauchline which has a plethora of insights for secondary ELT practitioners.
While this website is more aimed at mainstream secondary, it is also useful for behaviour management for secondary learners globally.
An 8 module course on Teaching English to Teenagers.
Macmillan’s section on onestopenglish for Teenagers’ ELT.
Cambridge conversations – the ELT blog /react-text
A blog written by multiple contributors. Write ‘teenagers’ or ‘secondary’ in the search function for posts about anything from motivation to teaching language to secondary or use the drop down menu to find what you’re looking for.