IH Journal of Education and Development

IH Journal Issues:

Articles in the ‘Young Learners’ Section

What is phonics? Synthetic phonics is a way of learning to read and write by making sound-letter connections - either breaking down a word sound-by-sound (when reading), or putting sounds together to build a word (when writing). Why is it so important? As a child at school in the UK, I remember learning the spelling of whole ...

We’ve all been there. In that class, with those kids- the ones who you’ve been with for a few weeks now.  They’ve gotten comfortable with you, and you with them. They’re a wild bunch. Yes, you know you should have been stricter in the beginning, but how strict can you really be when they have ...

The most important people besides our YLs themselves are their parents, and this relationship is not always easy. Given the status English now has in a globalised world, many parents believe mastering English essential to have more opportunities in the future. However, some expectations may be unrealistic in terms of results, progress and the rate ...

The challenges of teaching English around the world are huge for many native and non-native EL teachers. By definition, a context where English is not widely spoken can hardly provide the practice opportunities or authenticity that is virtually unlimited in English speaking teaching contexts. The most difficult aspect of our job as teachers is trying ...

I’ve just recently been asked to present a series of workshops on using graded readers in primary settings. I haven’t planned it all out, and I’m not sure yet what I will do as I have to admit I haven’t used graded readers for a long time. Years in fact.  I used to love using ...

Note: The below is an adaptation of an article that was first published as ‘If it’s not about elephants, it’s irrelephant! Memes for teaching early years’ in IATEFL’s YLT SIG Journal ‘C&TS Digital’, Issue 2, 2015. The Elephant Lady At last year’s International House DOS Conference, I was scheduled to present at the same time as ...

Why do you want to read about our young learners’ class book competition? That’s a fair question; we don’t normally tell each other about the competitions we run.  But ‘The Class Book Competition’ (TCBC) has been a bit more than yet another competition for quite a few reasons and these, I’ll wager, will interest you ...

Many activities recommended by teacher’s books or resource books for young learners courses start with an instruction to ‘divide the class into teams’. Most games designed to practise English end with celebrating the winner’s luck, superior knowledge and intellect.  Grammar structures and vocabulary are being drilled as children are racing to beat each other, eager, ...

As I’m sure you are all aware, in 2014 we officially launched our brand new training course, the IH Certificate in Teaching Very Young Learners. “The new course is aimed at qualified and experienced language teachers that are interested in teaching very young learners, or have already taught young learners but would like specific training. ...

This issue’s five in a flash is all about songs. And why not? Using songs and chants as a pedagogical tool to teach children language is a natural and logical choice. Singing is a natural and popular medium for both parent and child and by the time children come to us in the second language ...