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Teaching English to Young Learners (K-12) is a Course

Teaching English to Young Learners (K-12)

Ended May 20, 2019

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Full course description

Course Date:

Apr 8 - May 20, 2019


6 weeks


3-4 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge(s), Certificate (free)


This course is designed to introduce learners to the theory and practice of teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) to young learners 3-10 years old. Through engaging videos and practical readings, learners will explore approaches for teaching English that are not only effective but also fun and engaging for children. They will learn techniques for teaching new vocabulary and grammar that encourage student participation. In addition, they will gain new ideas for teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing in a meaningful context. Through learner-centered activities and group discussions, they will have many opportunities to share ideas with peers and apply course content to their learning environments.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the reasons for teaching EFL at early ages
  • Use effective approaches and techniques appropriate for young learners in the EFL classroom
  • Develop appropriate activities for teaching the vocabulary, grammar, and the four skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing to young EFL learners
  • Apply best practices for TEYL to your local context
  • Prepare an action or training plan to share your new knowledge and skills with other TEYL professionals in your community

Target Audience: Adult non-native English-speaking teachers of English and education professionals interested in professional development opportunities.

Course is offered by the AE E-Teacher Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by FHI 360.

Course Instructors

Joan Kang Shin

Joan Kang Shin


Joan Kang Shin, PhD is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Read More.

Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to English language teachers in over 100 countries around the world. She is also an expert in online TESOL education and conducts research on building international virtual communities of practice for English teachers. In 2016, Dr. Shin was named one of the 30 Up and Coming Leaders of TESOL by TESOL International Association.