Teaching very young learners: 1 year project

Teaching very young learners can be a real challenge.

How do you get them to engage, keep them active, motivate them etc etc – the list is endless!

Melissa has been specialising in teaching young learners from 3 to 5 years old (a very scary thought for me!) and it’s clear when you talk to her about her classroom that she loves working with these students and dreaming up all kinds of fun activities to entertain and educate her “children”.

In the podcast/presentation/video below, Melissa talks about a 1 year project that she has carried out a few times to great success.

You can hear how using a famous and much-loved children’s book, she brings arts and crafts, drama, song and technology into her young learner lessons.


And here’s Melissa’s video of her young learners from throughout the year long class project!


Teaching Young Learners: Questions for comments section

1.How do you engage your young learners throughout the year?

2. Would teaching 3 – 5 year olds scare you to death?

3. What are your favourite arts & crafts, song or drama activities to use with this age group?

Bren Brennan

About Bren Brennan

Bren initially trained here at SGI and then joined the staff in 2005. Since 2006, he has taught abroad in Budapest, Berlin and now at Mondragon University in Spain. He returns to teach at SGI London every summer and completed the SGI Trinity DipTESOL in 2011. He also regularly writes posts for students here.
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2 Responses to Teaching very young learners: 1 year project

  1. Josh Round says:

    I love the video Melissa! Absolutely fantastic – the kids look like they had so much fun!

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