The ESL Classroom as an Interdisciplinary Space

Teaching English and other subjects There is a long tradition of the ESL and EFL classroom as a space of cultural instruction. In fact, given the overlapping nature of language and culture, this is almost inevitable. And yet, this interdisciplinary approach need not end with culture alone. There are many ways in which the English classroom can include and in fact exploit a variety of subjects and skills – especially for young students.

Already in young learner contexts, it is common to find elements of music, dance, art, and physical education built into activities, but this incorporation can be expanded into the hard sciences, and even into the higher grades. By conscientiously pairing age and level with the interdisciplinary topics that are appropriate, a teacher can add variety and richness to their classes. Not only that, but this inclusion can help set students up for success outside of the English classroom.

I have included two examples of this, but this integration is limited only by imagination:

About the author: Rosemary Hanson completed the 250-hour TESOL Diploma and the 20-hour TEYL specialist with OnTESOL.

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TEYL: Kinesthetic Activities for Teaching Writing to Young Learners

TEYL activities for writing lesson planYoung children are kinesthetic creatures. Their brains and their bodies are still one unit and as such, they are always moving and dancing and touching things and exploring their world in a physical way. Therefore, when we teach writing – particularly to very young, immature, or active students – it is useful to find a way to harness, as opposed to fight, this whole-body learning. This is especially true when a lesson is otherwise very settled or sedentary as students may need a constructive physical outlet to focus more effectively. In lessons like these, there are a host of options that allow students to not only engage with but embody written language while simultaneously refining the fine motor skills necessary for letter formation.

About the Author: Rosemary Hanson completed our 250-hour TESOL Diploma and the 20-hour TEYL specialist. She has been working as an assistant teacher at a Montessori school in China since March of 2016. She also taught a college-level English course and a preschool class in Xian, China back in 2014.

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How to Use Performance Based Activities and Projects with Young Learners

Teaching English to Young Learners Performance based activitiesMost traditional schools around the world base their curriculum largely on standardized forms of testing. In the ESL classroom, this culture encourages students to merely memorize sequences of words and synonyms for vocabulary- not to mention, it can get pretty boring and soul-crushing for the youngsters. Utilizing classroom performance activities is a great way to ‘test’ your students’ knowledge while igniting their creative flames. A performance-based classroom uses activities that require students to perform in front of their peers and teacher. While it may initially be daunting for some of the shy students, it has been shown in studies to build self-confidence. Plus, practicing and performing enhances students’ knowledge of the subject(s) and themes, developing their vocabulary and forcing them to really focus on pronunciation through repetition and rehearsal.

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Tips For Engaging Shy Young Students in A Group Class

Teaching English to Young Learners - Classroom ParticipationEvery year in school, my class would have that one student- the one who never raised his hand, preferring to sink lower and lower into his seat behind the propped up textbook. As I grew older and transitioned from sitting behind my student desk to standing in front of the board, this scene did not change very much. Now, imagine that you are the shy student and, to add to that, the class is being conducted in a foreign language. Seems fair to characterize it as at least mildly intimidating, right? Shyness is a composition of emotions, ranging from fear, apprehension, and embarrassment, often manifesting itself as self-consciousness. More often than not, an ESL class will have one student who is less keen to participate. I’ve found that this is only exacerbated as the group grows larger, allowing the student to retreat into anonymity. When you are inevitably faced with this common challenge, there are a few ways to gently encourage (never ‘push’) your shy student to come out of his/her shell.

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Task-Based Learning: 5 Activities for Teaching English to Young Learners

Task Based Learning Activities Teaching English to Young LearnersThe Task-based Learning approach works great with young learners because it allows children or teenagers to communicate while they remain active. In this blog, we will show you 6 Task-based learning activities for teaching English to young learners.

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6 Tips on Using Task-Based Learning with Young Learners

Teaching Young Learnes Task Based LearningTask-Based Learning makes lessons more fun and the content more memorable. While it might be a bit more challenging to develop and explain tasks to your youngsters, there is (almost) always a way to tweak an activity to be appropriate. After all, most kids love the challenge of solving a good puzzle, and it’s always nice to move away from the traditional mechanical drills. Be creative, use your resources, and get by with a little help from below. Below are 6 valuable tips on how to use Task-based Learning with young learners.

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TEYL: Teaching English to Children Aged 8-12 Yrs

Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)Children must be allowed to play an active part in the process of mastering skills and extending their knowledge of the world around them. To ensure that they play an active part in the learning process, not only must their interest be aroused and maintained but they must also be provided with an environment which will enable them to talk and act as if they were living a real experience.

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