What’s The Difference Between Teaching Teenagers Vs Young Learners?
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As a teacher of English as a foreign language (or TEFL teacher), you will have a lot on your mind. When planning lessons, you need to consider the educational background of your learners, their nationalities, their first languages, their interests – and their ages. You might be wondering: what’s the difference between teaching teenagers vs Young Learners?
Read more: 6 Differences Between teaching Adults And Young Learners
As an adult yourself, you will be familiar with the learning process of adults. While you may well end up teaching English to adults, there is also a high chance you’ll find yourself teaching English to teens and Young Learners.
So what’s the difference between teaching English to teenagers versus Young Learners?
The obvious answer is their age (duh!) but how does age affect learning a foreign language? Let’s look at a few characteristics of adolescents and children and discuss some ideas for teaching both age groups.
Characteristics of adolescent learners
- Teenagers have more life experience than Young Learners. Though of course not as much as adults, teens have experienced a fair amount more than children.
- Teenagers can concentrate for longer.
- Teenagers can experience peer pressure in the classroom. This can lead to low self-confidence and shyness.
- Teenagers are at an awkward stage emotionally and physically. This can affect their confidence and attitude towards their classmates.
- Teenagers are not afraid to question or challenge the teacher, especially if they are bored with an activity or topic.
- Teenages need to be challenged and stimulated.
- Teenagers can work independently.
How to teach teenagers
Be relevant. Make sure your lesson activities are appealing to their interests. No matter how old you are, it’s probably been a while since you were a teenager – so do your research!
Be light-hearted. Teens love to be entertained.
Be strict. Teenagers can walk all over teachers who are too easy-going. Rather start off strict and you can relax the rules when they get to know you. Don’t forget that you’re the teacher.
Give them time to get involved in their activities. Give them space to think things through.
Be careful with your words. Teenagers are very sensitive. Be positive and encouraging at all times.
Lesson ideas for teaching English to teenagers:
Characteristics of Young Learners
- They have short attention spans.
- They need a variety of activities to be able to focus and concentrate.
- Young Learners need help with physical tasks, especially relating to fine motor skills like cutting and sticking.
- Young Learners need more cognitive assistance when it comes to completing a task.
- Young Learners are easily pleased and entertained.
How to teach Young Learners
Plan a variety of activities for your lessons. One lesson can include storytime, singing a song, colouring in and a puppet show. Keep these activities short and sweet.
Be gentle. There is no need to raise your voice with children in a classroom. Children respond better to even-tempered, good-natured teachers.
Be patient. Understand that everything will take a bit longer with Young Learners.
Read more: Top Tips For Teaching Young Learners
Lesson ideas for teaching Young Learners:
- Brain breaks for Young Learners
- Stirrers and settlers for Young Learners
- EFL activities for Young Learners
- How to engage Young Learners online
Tips for teaching teenagers AND Young Learners
There are a few points in common when teaching English to teenagers versus Young Learners. After all, there might only be a few years’ difference between the two.
For both these age groups (and even for adults), it’s important to be authentic. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. Yes you may need to put on some funny voices for your Young Learners, but let them get to know you as a person. Students of all ages respond well to teachers they have a good rapport with.
Don’t take yourself – or your lessons – too seriously. Language learning can be challenging, so a bit of well-timed and appropriate humour can go a long way in diffusing any tension in the classroom.
Don’t get us wrong, teaching any age group has its challenges – and its rewards. As you become more experienced you’ll get to know the best methods for teaching your learners. And don’t forget – we’re always here to help if you have any questions!
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- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- 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.