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English Teaching Forum 2006, Volume 44, Number 2
This special issue is about teaching English to young learners. It covers a variety of topics and features a special section with songs for children and photos to use with the songs.

This special issue is about teaching English to young learners. It covers a variety of topics and features a special section with songs for children and photos to use with the songs.

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Table of Contents

Ten Helpful Ideas for Teaching English to Young LearnersExpand

This article offers ten suggestions for teaching young learners between the age of 7 and 12 based on language-teaching principles. They include supplementing activities with visuals, realia and movement; involving students in making visuals and realia; moving from activity to activity; teaching in themes; using stories and contexts familiar to students; establishing classroom routines in English; using L1 as a resource when necessary; bringing in helpers from the community; collaborating with other teachers in your school; and communicating with other professionals.

Author: Joan Kang Shin
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Channelling Children's Energy Through Vocabulary ActivitiesExpand

In this article, the author shares vocabulary development activities for young learners. These activities channel students' energy and make learning more effective and fun. The author stresses the importance of giving young learners a good language-learning experience, and the challenges of teaching young learners who are not literate in their L1. The author describes six activities that allow learners to laugh, to move, and to make noise while learning vocabulary.

Author: Andrea Schindler
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First Road to Learning: Language through StoriesExpand

This article discusses the benefits of using stories in language teaching and ideas of how to use stories in the classroom. The authors believe that stories can help solve the problems caused by limited resources and are good ways to teach culture. They describe types of stories and how they can be used in teaching speaking, listening, reading, writing, integrated skills, and critical thinking.

Authors: Myrtis Mixon, Philomena Temu
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English Clubs: Introducing English to Young LearnersExpand

This article introduces an approach taken in Tunisia to introduce English as a foreign language to children in primary school classrooms. The author states that in Tunisia, children in primary schools are first taught Arabic and then French. The government does not want to overburden the students with English learning. Then, the author describes in detail the approach of an English club, including the materials and staff members and their training. The article concludes with a list of recommendations based on the Tunisian approach.

Author: Jawida Ben Afia
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Using Drama with ChildrenExpand

The article argues for the benefits of drama activities for language learning. The author discusses nine benefits of using drama activities to teach young learners. The author then gives advice on how to use drama in the classroom, including how to choose an appropriate activity, how to start, and how to give feedback. The author presents several classroom drama activities.

Author: Galina Zalta
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Teaching Prepositions to Very Young Learners: The Case of OnExpand

The author discusses the benefits of applying cognitive linguistics, L1 acquisition, and neo-Vygotskian (Vygotsky) approaches to the teaching of a second language to young learners, using the example of teaching the preposition “on.” The author briefly reviews how prepositions are taught to adult learners and the challenges of teaching prepositions to young learners. The author then discusses two different meanings of “on” and how Total Physical Response (TPR) activities can be used to help young learners distinguish different meanings of “on.”

Author: Anna Piquer-Píriz
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Classroom Techniques: Communicative Activities for Middle School ClassroomsExpand

The author states that communicative activities, known to help language learning, can be difficult to use with middle school students. The author offers four suggestions for carrying out communicative activities and presents two activities that are designed to motivate students to use English to express their views.

Author: Carolina Rivera
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Using Favorite Songs and Poems with Young LearnersExpand

In this article, the author discusses the benefits of using songs and poems to teach young learners. The author explains how songs and poems can be used in English class and what their benefits are. The author explains how teachers can use actions or puppets to accompany the selected songs or poems, or allow young learners to create ideas themselves. Each suggestion includes an activity. The author also offers an example of a song chart.

Author: Caroline Linse
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Songs for ChildrenExpand

There are four children’s songs that can be used for classroom activities, together with the pictures provided at the end of this issue.

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Pictures for Classroom ActivitiesExpand

These are twenty pictures and twenty matching vocabulary cards that can be used in classroom teaching.

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The Lighter SideExpand

This is a word game. It presents three phrases, and challenges the student to make as many words as possible using the letters in the given phrases.

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