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Young learners soak up knowledge like sponges. When they start learning a second language, children will often pick up everything a teacher says. It is important to have clear and correct pronunciation since young learners will often repeat everything they hear. Although repetition of phrases doesn’t mean that children are learning the language, it is still an important aspect of the learning process. Repetition prepares children for more meaningful conversation and it helps them get used to English. Repeating certain phrases also gives children the chance to practice the intonation pattern and boosts their confidence especially if the teacher praises them adequately for.

When formulating a curriculum that is activity-based, it is important to remember the characteristics of young learners. Children tend to be enthusiastic about the learning process and they need physical movements and activity to stimulate their thinking. They usually have short attention spans and are very spontaneous, making the activity approach through games and role-play a highly recommended teaching method.

In order to be effective teachers of young learners, the educator needs to accommodate different teaching techniques and activities to keep the young learner’s interest. Effective teaching should involve real communication between the learner and the teachers as well as among other learners, and should be activity-based. The techniques should involve group work among students at the class level, such as reading aloud, and work at the small group that will enable pupils to engage in dialogue with one another.

Who said your TEFL adventure had to be at a school? Here’s a hint… no one!  If you’re under the impression that teaching English abroad means that you’re faced with a horde of 4-18 year olds in a school everyday then you might be pleasantly surprised to find that you’re mistaken.  If you’re looking for a different kind of TEFL experience then there are plenty of TEFL alternatives to be explored!

Teaching English to young learners is different from teaching adults. Teachers need to understand and apply the theories of language to young learners and be able to design material so they can apply the appropriate methods.

Can I TEFL With My Family?

Admin - Oct 03 2015

One of the most common questions we get here is ‘Can I TEFL with my family?’ Luckily for you, the answer is a resounding YES! Teaching overseas (and having an epic adventure) isn’t just the reserve of gap year students and eager graduates. It’s also a great option for many families.

In many places around the world teaching classes of 50 or more students is commonplace. As daunting as teaching these very large groups sounds, there are some tried and tested methods that will make your life a little easier, your classes a little more enjoyable and your students learning experience much more successful.

Our Academic Director has been a TEFLer for longer than he’d like to admit and in that time he’s picked up a few handy tricks of the trade. So we gave him a call over in Australia and got him to spill the beans on his top five tricks for people who want to teach English overseas.

You’re 3 months in…the excitement of being in a new place, crafting your skills as a TEFL teacher, meeting new people and perhaps working on your tan is suddenly not quite as exciting as it once was and it’s finally clear why… you miss home.

“I’m too old, I can’t afford it, I don’t have any experience, I’ll do it next year”…we’ve heard it all before!  If you’re unhappy, change it! Taking up TEFL will give you a new lease of life and allow you to do something new and exciting. It’s never too late to TEFL!