General information

Module title Refresher course: methodology of teaching English to children > winter semester
Language EN
Module lecturer mgr Joanna Kotowska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position senior lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Educational Studies
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 11-RME-11a


Module aim (aims)

- to make participants aware of the characteristics of children as foreign language learners- to develop the skills and strategies of planning a foreign language lesson for children - to develop the ability to use methods and techniques suitable for teaching English to children, including activating techniques and techniques supporting the development of learner autonomy- to develop the ability to plan activities which aim at the development of learners’ language skills- to develop the ability to plan and teach different types of lessons - to develop the ability to evaluate, choose and produce own teaching materials- to familiarize participants with literature connected with teaching English to young learners

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

- Minimum language requirements: B1+ level- Basic knowledge of pedagogy- Ability to work in groups- Ability to use different learning methods


Week 1: Characteristics of children as language learners. Differences between age groups.Week 2: The use of English as the main language of communication in the classroom. Giving instructions Week 3: Classroom management, class organizationWeek 4: Teaching speaking Week 5: Teaching pronunciation – games and activities Week 6: Teaching vocabulary - techniques, materials, activities. Ways of memorizing vocabulary Week 7: Teaching receptive skills: listening and reading – developing variety of techniquesWeek 8: Teaching writing – to teach or not to teach writing to children? Week 9: Developing young learners’ creativityWeek 10: Using games in language teachingWeek 11: Integrating a foreign language with other school subjectsWeek 12: Evaluating, preparing, storing language materialsWeek 13: Teaching children on-lineWeek 14: Planning a foreign language lesson for kids.Week 15: Participants’ presentations

Reading list

Cameron, L. & P.McKay. Bringing creative teaching into young learner classroom. OUPEllis, G. and Brewster, J. 1991. The Storytelling Handbook. Harmondsworth: Penguin.Halliwell, S. 1992. Teaching English in the Primary Classroom. Harlow: Longman.Harmer, J. 2013. Essential Teacher Knowledge. Pearson (wybrane rozdziały)Nixon, C & M.Tomlinson. 2005. Primary Communication Box. CUPNixon, C & M.Tomlinson. 2005. Primary Pronunciation Box. CUPNixon, C & M.Tomlinson. 2001. Primary Activity Box. CUPNixon, C & M.Tomlinson. 2003. Primary Vocabulary Box. CUPPhilips, S. 1993 Young Learners, OUPPinter, A. 2017. Teaching Young Language Learners. OxfordPuchta, H. & M.Willliams. 2011. Teaching Young Learners to Think. Helbling LanguagesScott, W.A. & L.H.Ytreberg. 1990. Teaching English to Children. LongmanWill, S & S.Reed. 2010. Primary Music Box. CUP: Cambridge