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Unleashing the potential of limericks: Humorous poetry for the EFL young learners

By Evangelia Vassilakou   Definition and general characteristics of limericks   Limericks are one of the most favourite poetic forms among children, and were popularized by Edward Lear. They originated in England the 18th or early 19th century. The fun of the limericks lies in their rollicking rhythm and broad humour. They are also easy to remember...

A class full of Young Learners: Teacher’s expectations and focal points in the EFL/ESL classroom

Characteristics of Young Learners      By Marina Siskou The conventional feeling towards the definition of “Young Learners” is that it is interchangeable with the concept of childhood.   Annamaria Pinter (2011) divides Young Learners into three groups.   The first group, preschool or early school years, is comprised of children who initiate...

Teaching Young Learners

It takes a special person to teach English as a foreign language. It takes an even more special person to teach English as a foreign language to young children.  Young learners can be a real pleasure to teach because they do not feel stressed by their studies and approach everything with youthful innocence. At this point in their lives, they may not...

Teaching Young Children: An overview by Aris Mazarakis

The debate of how we should teach Languages to young children has been raging for decades and despite the existing methods, every teacher seems to walk into the language classroom armed with their own personal views and theories of what they should teach and how it should be taught. Eventually, most of those who teach such classes seem to employ rather...

Gamified Activities for Young Learners

Educators are aware that one of the main aims of teaching should be to involve all students in a classroom all the time and make them active learners who follow the lesson and the teacher, build on what they learn and feel that they are achieving something! The key lies in teaching through fun activities and as Albert Einstein said: “It is the supreme art...

Teaching Materials and Young Learners

The enormous amount of existing materials for the teaching of English to young learners might lead us to think that everything has been invented and nothing is left to be discovered in EFL. But when you are in a real classroom working with children you realise that not all existing materials are equally successful in the class. Why is that? Why do children...