Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)

This course is delivered by George Mason University

Course Overview

Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) is designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) to young learners 3-10 years old. Through engaging videos and practical readings, you will explore approaches for teaching English to children that are not only effective but also fun and engaging. You will learn techniques for teaching new vocabulary and grammar that encourage student participation. In addition, you will gain new ideas for teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing in a meaningful context. Through learner-centered activities and group discussions, you will have many opportunities to share ideas with peers and apply course content to your learning environment. Get ready to learn about TEYL and be part of an international learning community with teachers around the world!

Learning Objectives and Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • explain the reasons for teaching English as a foreign (EFL) language at early ages.
  • use effective approaches and techniques appropriate for young learners in the EFL classroom.
  • develop appropriate activities for teaching the vocabulary, grammar, and the four skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing to young EFL learners.
  • describe your learning environment and develop a lesson for young EFL learners in your context.
  • apply best practices for TEYL to your local context through a classroom observation of a peer.
  • develop yourself professionally in the field of TEYL by participating in an international online learning community and preparing an action plan or training plan to share your new knowledge and skills with other TEYL professionals in their local community.