Structuring Fun for Young Learners in the ELT Classroom is designed for ELT teachers, directors of studies and academic managers. It provides an extensive repertoire of creative ideas and techniques to work with in the classroom.
Teaching young learners can be a huge amount of fun. As teachers, we can introduce all sorts of games, projects and variations on traditional exercises. All this needs careful structuring if the resulting activity is to be manageable and, more importantly, if it is going to help students learn and practise words and sentences in English. In Structuring Fun for Young Learners you’ll learn about the principles behind that structure. Chris Roland provides a roller coaster ride of colourful ideas, examples and anecdotes for your classroom. In addition, there are over three hundred diagrams and photographs to help explain exactly how the described activities work and give you the flavor of ELT classes at primary level.
When fun in the classroom is properly structured, everyone is a winner. Your students will remember those activities for years and you will still be able to cover your course content without compromising on classroom management. For this to happen, we have to ask important questions such as: ‘How do children behave in classrooms?’, ‘Why do they want to do some tasks and refuse to do others?’, ‘What is learning anyway and how can we tie our target words and sentences to the activities we do?’. These fundamentals are covered in the first five chapters of the book.
The second part of the book explores movement, text, space, novelty objects, teacher-student dialogue, personalisation, clips, images, support for learners, and the use of coursebooks. In addition, it examines your own professional development as a young learner teacher. So, whether you are a new teacher, a seasoned veteran or a teacher trainer with young learners classes, Structuring Fun for Young Learners in the ELT Classroom is for you.
The Teaching English series offers a mixture of methodology and practical ideas for teachers of English as a foreign language. Like Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom by Chris Roland, this book can be used:
- for self-study,
- as guided reading on more structured training courses,
- by trainers preparing their own sessions at an in-house level.
If you currently teach online, take a look at Chris’ accompanying title: Structuring Fun for Young Language Learners Online.
“The book is imaginative, humorous and often inspirational; it is liberally illustrated with photographs. The author’s style is highly personable. Should prove useful for new and experienced teachers of children.” – Pete Sharma, EL Gazette. Read the full review here.
“Structuring Fun for Young Learners in the ELT Classroom can contribute to the innovative tools and inspiration primary English language teachers are looking for. [It] is more than just a recipe book of activities and ideas; it also provides support for those activities, addressing the reasons why and the ways in which activities work through real examples and personal anecdotes… For primary English language teachers looking to refresh, ignite or inspire new ideas in their classrooms, this book is a good resource.” – This review by Heidi Haavan Grosch was featured in the IATEFL YLTSIG TEYLT Worldwide publication (Issue 1, 2021). Find out more about becoming a member of IATEFL YLTSIG here.