Teaching English to Young Learners – Specialist TESOL Certification Course

Module 1: First Language Acquisition

In this chapter you will learn about First Language Acquisition theories, concepts like imitation and habit formation, and how they have influenced Second Language Learning. This chapter also talks about the development of inflections and the grammatical development of children.

Module 2: Behaviorism and First Language Acquisition

In this chapter you will read about Behaviourism and language learning mechanisms and theoretical approaches that explain First Language Acquisition.

Module 3: Language Learning versus Acquisition

In this chapter you will learn the difference between “’learning” a language and ‘acquiring’ a language and which one will be more appropriate to use with young learners. You will analyze two sample lesson plans and identify their strengths and weaknesses.

Module 4: Approaches to Language Learning

In this chapter you will revise the main approaches to language learning that you studied in the Ontesol’s TESOL certification courses, and how effective these methods could be with young learners. After a brief review of these approaches, you will be introduced to the difference between Communicative Language Learning and Task-based Learning and how they can be applied to young learners.

Module 5: Teaching Grammar to Young Learners

In this chapter you will be introduced to lesson development and ideas on how to teach grammar to kids. It will also introduce you to samples of topic-centered syllabi for Kindergarten and Primary school. You will analyze an ESL textbook for kids and identify the approaches and techniques used in the textbook. This knowledge will prepare you for designing your own course.

Module 6: Lesson Planning

In this chapter, you will learn how to create lesson plans considering the different approaches seen in previous chapters. Step by step instructions including the main characteristics of the following lesson planning formats: PPP, TTT, TBL.

Module 7: Teaching Pronunciation to Young Learners

In this chapter you will review the basic concepts of phonology that you have studied in the Ontesol’s TESOL certification courses, including vowel and consonant sounds, word and sentences stress and intonation. The chapter includes lots of ideas for teaching pronunciation to kids, including rhymes, songs, and pronunciation games.

Module 8: Storytelling in the ESL Classroom

This chapter introduces you to the fascinating world of Storytelling and how to use it in the ESL classroom. You will learn different techniques and how to integrate the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation to the ESL classroom through Storytelling.