AGG67 Teaching English to Young Learners

Module code: AGG67

ECTS Credit Points: 22

Module Type: Optional


English & Greek


Subjects covered:
1. Naturalistic and school-based learning
2. English language learning and its role and purpose in primary education
3. Good teaching practices and frameworks
4. Materials design and evaluation in TEYL
5. Using video and PC technology in TEYL

Module general description:

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this module, students will be expected to be able to,
1. recognize the importance of the different contexts in which TEYL takes place and examine the various parameters shaping them;
2. identify the most influential theories of thinking and learning put forward in the last fifty years or so, mainly in the West (including the work of theorists such as Thorndike, Skinner, Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner and Gardner), and demonstrate a working understanding of their implications for TEYL;
3. critically relate theorizing from the fields of First Language Acquisition and Second Language Acquisition to their own teaching context;
4. identify the factors which facilitate oracy development with children and demonstrate the skills of developing activities appropriate for their particular teaching and learning context;
5. demonstrate a working understanding of first language literacy development and identify the basic principles of reading and writing in second or foreign language in relation to children’s learning;
6. differentiate between approaches for very young learners and upper age level ones and apply the principles of teaching reading and writing skills in the development of activities for their context;
7. identify issues which concern the assessment of Young Learners’ English;
8. evaluate materials specifically designed for Young Learners.

Subjects covered:

Learning Material: The HOU publications can be viewed

Teaching Method: Distance education with five Contact Sessions held at weekends during the academic year

Evaluation: Completion of four written assignments during the academic year, the average grade of which constitute a 30 percent of each student's grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 70 percent of the students' final course grade. More information is available