The aim of this course is for teachers and teacher trainers to experience a range of interesting activities linking methodology and learning theories to the Primary classroom today. Sessions are practical, include a focus on multi‐media and technology for teaching purposes, and help teachers reflect on their approach to teaching today’s pupils.
Primary level and Kindergarten teachers of English and other languages, who would like to refresh their teaching methods and techniques. Participants need to be at a minimum B1 level of English.
After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:
A pre-course questionnaire to enable trainers to learn about the participants’ teaching backgrounds
Information about the Europass Mobility Certificate
A recommended reading list to prepare participants for various aspects of the course
Information about York to prepare teachers for their cultural experience
To enable a better understanding of Primary Language Teaching and expand and build on previous knowledge, using a range of practical methodologies
To introduce new teaching methodologies and accompanying techniques, using hands-on experiential methods
To help teachers reflect on their own teaching methods and contexts and develop teaching skills
To introduce an awareness of technology and ICT in the classroom today
To exchange pedagogical information and knowledge in a multi-cultural context
To further develop participants’ own language skills
To experience the cultural heritage of York
Sessions demonstrate current Young Learner EFL approaches, methodologies and techniques. An interactive communicative approach is applied, which provides participants with their own experiential learning of the activities and methodologies. Input sessions are in the form of hands-on workshops and involve brainstorming, analysis, problem-solving, and role-play, both in pair work and group work. Teachers are asked to reflect on the activities, inviting discussion with regard to their own pedagogical knowledge and skills, teaching methods and contexts, and on adaptation of activities to their teaching and learning situations. Both teaching and learning are explored, analysed and discussed, further enabling the participants’ use of their communication skills in English. Participants are actively involved in the sessions to maximize their learning and to experience activities from their learners’ point of view.
The course ends with an evaluation session, where teachers are asked to reflect upon the value of the knowledge gained on the course, create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities which they would like to try out in their own classes. They are invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow colleagues, and with participants from other courses.
Sample Course Programme
A Young Learner’s profile: Characteristics, Implications and Needs
Get them talking! Encouraging your students to speak
Learner Preferences in Primary school learners
Co-operative learning (1)
Dictations, lexical exercises and communication activities
Songs and music and their potential
Teaching language through project work: Task-based learning
Using videos, and films in the classroom
Tell me a story! Using stories in the classroom
Co-operative learning (2)
Sample lesson plan design and development
Alternative approaches: Cuisenaire rods and Total Physical Response (TPR)
Using computers, mobile devices and the Internet with Young Learners
Language development: Colloquial English and idiomatic language