Young learners TEFL tips for newbie teachers


Lauretta teaches young learners in an English academy in northern Spain. She is a qualified and experienced primary schoolteacher from Australia, but now teaching small classes of mainly 5 – 8 year olds.

Here I ask her what basic advice she would give to newbie teachers on approaching a TEFL class for kids without any previous experience of teaching children.

Lauretta’s YL classroom advice covers…

  1. Using pictures
  2. Kinesthetic activities
  3. Avoiding spelling
  4. Using songs
  5. Acting the clown

Young Learners TEFL advice

Do you agree with Lauretta’s opinions?

Is there anything fundamental that should be added to this basic advice for newbie teachers?

Comments/opinions welcome below.


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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