Teaching English in Pre-Primary Education
Who is the course suitable for?
• Teachers of English to very young learners (3 - 6 age range) in pre-primary contexts
• Participants with a minimum language level corresponding to B1 on the Common European Framework
What are the aims and objectives of the course?
• To develop and extend teachers’ awareness of the principles and practice of teaching English to very young learners
• To develop and extend participants’ classroom language
• To give participants opportunities to improve and update their spoken and written English
What will the course include?
All course participants receive a pre-course questionnaire, which should be returned prior to the course. This is to ensure that the areas of most relevance to participants are covered. However, topics are likely to be drawn from the following:
• Theories of early cognitive development and first language learning;
• Approaches for teaching English as a second or foreign language in the early years;
• The role of play in pre-primary language learning contexts;
• Looking at progression in early years language learning;
• Evaluation of published materials and design and creation of teacher-made materials;
• Initial syllabus and course design;
• Classroom language;
• Personal language development.
Time will be built into the course for reflection and for participants to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to classrooms in their own professional contexts.
All NILE’s courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness.
How long is the course and what approach is used?
The 50-hour course provision includes intensive tuition by trainers who are experts in the field of teaching very young learners, as well as opportunities for reading and research and guest lectures from well-known figures in the field of ELT.
Classes will be practical and ‘hands-on’ but with reference to relevant theory.
Classes are held from Monday to Friday and take place as detailed in the course-specific timetable but always within the hours 0915 – 1715.
NILE course participants have free access to an extensive ELT library and a modern suite of computers with a broadband Internet link. The NILE course venues have a wireless (Wi-Fi) environment.
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