Teaching Foreign Languages To Young Learners

Course Information
TitleΔιδασκαλία Ξένης Γλώσσας σε Μικρούς Μαθητές / Teaching Foreign Languages To Young Learners
CodeΕΚΠ 571
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600004067


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Glṓssa, Logotechnía kai PSīfiaká Mésa stīn EkpaídeusīElective CoursesWinter/Spring-7.5

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Τhe learning outcomes of this course will be: (i) the participants’ understanding of the teaching methods for young learners, (ii) the development of their ability to choose the most appropriate teaching procedure for a given task, and (iii) the appreciation of the principles of literacy development.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course is concerned with the teaching of English as a foreign language to children of primary school age. More specifically, the topics covered will be related to how children think and learn and the implementation of effective techniques for better learning outcomes; therefore, a close look will be taken in relation to worldwide trends to teaching English to young learners, the teaching techniques for young learners, and the assessment undertaken. Furthermore, this course will provide a framework to structure thinking about children’s language learning and consider teaching strategies for effective early foreign language teaching.
young learners, interculturalsism, beliefs, teaching practices
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Written assigments128.14.7
Student Assessment
Assessment Participation, presentations and written assignment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Bibliography Brewster, J., Ellis, G., and Girard, D. 2002. The Primary English Teacher's Guide. Penguin. Browne, A. 2002. Developing Language and Literacy 3-8. Paul Chapman. Brumfit, C., Moon, J. and Tongues, R. (eds.), 1991. Teaching English to Children. Harper-Collins. Cameron, L. 2001. Teaching Languages to Young Learners. Cambridge University Press. Donaldson, M. 1978. Children’s Minds. Fontana Press. Driscoll, P. and Frost, D. (Eds) 1999. The Teaching of Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary School. Routledge. Dunn, O. 1983. Beginning English with Young Children. Macmillan. Dunn, O. 1984. Developing English with Young Learners. Macmillan. Ellis, G. and Brewster, J. 1991. The Storytelling Handbook for Primary Teachers. Penguin. Hurrell, A. and Satchwell, P. (Eds) Reflections on Modern Languages in Primary Education: Six UK Case Studies. CILT. Kennedy, C. and Jarvis, J. 1991. Ideas and Issues in Primary ELT. Nelson. Moon, J. and Nikolov, M. (Eds) 2000. Research into Teaching English to Young Learners. Pécs: University Press Pécs. Nikolov, M. and Curtain, H. (Eds) 2000. An Early Start: Young Learners and Modern Languages in Europe and Beyond. European Centre for Modern Languages: Council of Europe. Rixon, S. 1999. Young Learners of English: Some Research Perspectives. Harlow: Longman and British Council. Slattery, M. and Willis, J. 2001. English for Primary Teachers: A Handbook of Activities and Classroom Language. Oxford University Press. Smidt, S. (Ed.) 1998. The Early Years. Routledge. Sougari, A.–M. 2006. Teaching English in the Primary Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Practice. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press. Whitebread, D. (Ed.) 1996. Teaching and Learning in the Early Years. London: Routledge. Wood, D. 1988. How Children Think and Learn. Blackwell. * additional bibliography (books + articles) will be given for each session
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