Top Tips For Teaching Young Learners
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Whether you like them or not (!), teaching Young Learners is the reality for the majority of EFL teachers all over the world. The thing is, your TEFL course probably didn’t prepare you very well for teaching Young Learners. That’s because the TEFL course – and other TEFL training courses – is aimed at teaching English to adults.
But if you find yourself being one of the many TEFL Young Learner teachers, you may find you need to do some research. You may need to brush up on your knowledge and understanding of Young Learners and how to teach them. Because teaching Young Learners is a completely different ball game to teaching adults. If you have children or have experience with children then you will know this all too well!
But if you don’t have any experience with children, here are a few tips to help you get to grips with teaching Young Learners:
Top tips for teaching Young Learners
- Build rapport
Building rapport is important with all learners but it can be trickier with Young Learners. Don’t expect to have good rapport with your Young Learners immediately. It can take time. Be sure to play getting-to-know-you games and make sure you remember (and use) their names.
- Make rules
Young Learners thrive on systems and boundaries. Make sure you put these into place early on so your learners know where they stand.
- Create routines
Routines are essential for Young Learners. Young Learners need to know what is expected of them and what they are and aren’t allowed to do at certain times. Having a set routine and an established set of rules will help prevent discipline issues.
- Promote positive behaviour
Instead of punishing “bad” behaviour, rather compliment and praise positive behaviour. Reward charts, prizes or stickers are all good ways to promote the behaviour you’d like to see in your classroom.
- Use visuals
Visuals help massively when teaching Young Learners. Flashcards are an easy way to incorporate visuals into your lessons. Flashcards can be an effort to make but they can be kept for later use. Plus, there are loads of flashcard games that can be played in the classroom.
- Play games
Do we even need to mention this? Young Learners love games. Games provide fantastic learning opportunities. Make sure you have an arsenal of games for your Young Learner lessons.
- Be authentic
Don’t try to pretend with Young Learners. They are very good at knowing when you are being genuine. Be yourself and you will build a better relationship with them.
- Have fun
This should go without saying. Young Learners are naturally fun-loving. Having a fun teacher who clearly enjoys being in the classroom is necessary for your Young Learners to relax and learn.
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- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.