ELL235 : Teaching English to Young Learners

Convener(s): Dr. Oksana Afitska


General Information

This module aims to introduce you to the key theories related to how children learn languages and the implications of these theories for second language classroom practice in young learner classrooms. You will have opportunities to develop your own materials and activities and to reflect on the efficacy of a variety of practical activities in fostering children’s language acquisition and learning. By the end of the module, you will be able to demonstrate understanding of how children develop knowledge and understanding of the world through language use, the processes involved in children’s acquisition of second languages, the essential principles of language teaching for young learners as well as a critical analytical perspective on major principles and approaches to teaching English language to young learners. There will also be opportunities for you to develop your ability to critically analyze and evaluate classroom activities and online resources and to adapt existing resources to specific contexts and learners.


10 lecture and 10 seminar sessions & 5 study hour sessions.


There will be two assessments for this module both requiring you to apply your understanding of theoretical concepts developed in the lectures to practical classroom processes in TEYL. The first assessment (essay, 1500 words, 30% of overall grade) will require you to design, present and discuss your own classroom language teaching/ learning activities while the second will be a 2500-word essay involving both theoretical argumentation and practical exemplification of the major concepts around a set topic or a topic of your choice (will need to be approved by the module convenor).

Contact Details

Dr. Oksana Afitska


Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:50 PM (BST)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK