Teaching Foreign Languages to Young Learners

Course Information
TitleΔιδασκαλία Δεύτερης/ Ξένης Γλώσσας σε Μικρούς Μαθητές / Teaching Foreign Languages to Young Learners
CodeΕΔΞΓ 571
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600016515


Registered students: 15
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
  • European Values
Course Type 2021
Specialization / Direction
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
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
  • 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, foreign language teaching, skills, study
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment782.8
Written assigments1585.7
Student Assessment
Participation (10%) Oral presentation (20%) Written assignment (70%)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Bland, J. (Ed) 2015. Teaching English to Young Learners: Critical Issues with 3-12 Year Olds. Bloomsbury. 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. Dunn, O. 2012. Introducing English to Young Children: Spoken Language. North Star ELT. Ellis, G. and Brewster, J. 1991. The Storytelling Handbook for Primary Teachers. Penguin. Gonzalez Davies, M. and Tarrona, A. (Eds) 2012. New Trends in Early Foreign Language Learning: The Age Factor, CLIL and Languages in Contact. Bridging Research and Good Practices. Cambridge Scholars. Hurrell, A. and Satchwell, P. (Eds) Reflections on Modern Languages in Primary Education: Six UK Case Studies. CILT. Kang Shin, J. and Crandall, J. 2014. Teaching Young Learners English: From Theory and Practice. National Geographic Learning & Heinle. Pinter, A. 2011. Children Learning Second Languages. MacMillan. Pinter, A. 2017. Teaching Young Language Learners. Oxford University Press.
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