How do very young children best learn English as an additional language while they’re still learning their mother tongue? How and why do children learn best through play? What can parents and practitioners do to enable children to get the most out of a learning experience?
This course for parents and practitioners will explore how young children learn English and investigate many more aspects of early childhood learning and development.
British Council educators will share their insights and experiences, so that you can learn how to best talk to young children; how to create the best environment for them to learn English as an additional language; and how to monitor their progress.
Through articles, videos and live events you will hear from early childhood experts and parents, and see for yourself how young children learn inside the early years classroom. At every stage, you will be offered tips, advice and downloadable resources.
You will join discussions and have the opportunity to interact live with our experienced educators.
This course will be of interest to you if you are: a parent of young children who wishes to support their child learning an additional language; an English teacher or an early childhood practitioner; or someone who is interested in the area of child development and language acquisition.
If English is not your first language please be reassured that this course is suitable for those who have learnt English to around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR).
The principles of learning an additional language during early childhood apply to all languages, so if you are a parent, teacher or practitioner interested in teaching languages other than English, you will find plenty of relevant methods in the course.
Teaching English as an additional or foreign language is challenging. The course "English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development" lasts for 6 week with focus on : 1- development stages 2- playing in childhood 3- interaction 4- learning in meaningful context 5- safety and trust 6- observation and assessment. Three main theories in learning " interaction" , " exposure", and "ZPD" are discussed and their relationship with learning in childhood is elaborated. I think this is an absolutely essential course for whom want to enter teaching additional language to children in early ages. I liked the course, the ideas, the videos, and the whole material prepared here. I appreciate all the staff's support. Thank you very much , Good job.
Excellent course for both parents , carers & professionals. Everything is in bite sized chunks, so you can complete one small piece when you have time, or get a large amount done. There are no strict time limits to complete, the course will be open for a little longer than the time announced. You could complete it all in a week if you wanted to.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this course - thanks to the British Council for bringing up a course like this and the informative talks by various educators ..... I feel so confident, happy and proud to have learnt the importance of English in early childhood, the various methods and activities and use of better resources, which will help me understand and change the life of every child and make me a better practitioner.
I had the idea of early childhood in my head but I've never been exposed to this kind of information. This course is a game changer for me and my students. They are going to eat English up! The questions and answers are very valuable.
I now have pointers and ideas I've never had before, thanks to this course my intelligence has widened. I've noted all your advice and guidelines and going to make the most of it
I have learnt very helpful tips which have been helpful in improving my interaction with children since I started the course. Through the course, my relationships with children have been changed positively and I have found out that every of a child's activities beats around experimenting and then learning which is a good thing to know for me.
I'm personally going to be taking a college course in September for early years child development and thought this course would helpful in preparation. I couldn't be happier that I took this course. I've learned so much about how children learn and how to encourage young children to continue to learn even if they don't realize it.
I was home schooled my whole life and love that during the course the teachers pointed out how assessment can't always measure where a child is. I personally loved hearing James Nottingham talk about assessment and how it can't measure a child's determination, courage, creativity and so on. I feel better equipped for my course this September and what I want my early students to remember and experience while they spend their time in my classroom.
I'm speechless with your work throughout this six week course. Getting to know that I'm on the right track, reassures my teaching life.
Thank you for the links, the videos.
I wish there were more weeks for us to go further.
I liked a lot how you girls made us observe the children around us. Too bad, it's during the winter vacation in Brazil. And some of the observation had to come from memories and report notes. But it was so wonderful that I decided to upgrade my course in order to get the certificate.
I'm thankful for your help.
I'll definitely keep in touch with you and I'll be taking a Cambridge CELT-P or TKT-YLE this semester to put it in practice the knowledge from this experience with you girls.
I have found this course very enlightening as to how to teach and deal with children wether you are a teacher or not. I am really learning and enjoying doing it, there are so many topics. I just finished week 3 and so far it’s been amazing. I wish I had known all this when my kid was young.
There is one thing I would like you to clarify. On many instances we are told young children should not watch tv, phones, tablets, etc. But I would like to know if they can watch some videos with children’s songs for a few minutes once a week. I believe it helps with the vocabulary. What are your views on this particular issue?
I have found confirmation of some theories I have always strongly supported, as a teacher of English to teeenagers, namely that, whatever the learner's age, the activities have to be carried out in English.
Then , the learner's age will make the difference as to the "quality and quantity" of the teaching, but this sounds obvious, indeed.
Essentially, communication, interaction, context and a friendly atmosphere are the key words for teaching and learning English as a second language. Empathy is necessary with toddlers and with learners of any age too, as without authentic mutual interest there's no process of learning at all.
I like this course very much! I am a 3 years old girl's mother. She is learning English in a languge center one whole day each week. I and her father speaks to her in English as much as possible. I read English stories to her. However, she hasn't started to speak yet. She answers me in Chinese when I talk to her. I feel worried sometimes. It is a excellent that I am learning this course now. It is a systematic way to really understand how children learning an adding languge. I feel much better now!
I found it interesting especially because I have never worked with very young children. I think I have also found some common grounds with teaching English to older pupils, especially about the exposure to the language and the language in context.
Personally, I will always be grateful to the British Council because most of my career has been positively influenced by British Council materials, conferences , events; a nice percentage of what I have learnt about my profession (I am a teacher of English) , I owe it to the BC.
This course is very useful for me. I did not fully comprehend how the very young children learn the second language. I know now that Children learn their home language by playing with language, and it’s a fun way for them to learn another language too! The articles and videos about praising, positive relationships are very inspiring.
Surely, I use Rhymes, songs and chants in the classroom and I am aware about the importance of play and I’ve got some very useful tips about the Effective Classroom Management.
Hello! My name is Olesia. I am one of those moms on maternity leave (practitioner at school before), trying to keep my brains fit. I`m nearly finished with this course and want to say thanks to all the educators for such great efforts, links, ideas and your helpful explanations! Althogh, I am not able to pay for the course now, but I would deffinitely love to do that soon, as well as continue learning with British Council. Thanks a lot for such opportunity!!! Your work is invaluable!
This course has been really useful. As adults we often forget what it is like to be a child and can place a lot of expectation on children when it comes to learning a language. This course reminds us of what is important to remember when educating children. It is a course that is invaluable not only to educators but parents also. The course is engaging and will help you become a better child practitioner and parent when it comes to aiding your child’s learning and development.
I have an Early Childhood Education degree and have been teaching young children for 14 years now. Despite of the experiences and learning I have gained, listening to what the teachers, parents, and other participants gave me a broader knowledge and undestanding of children and how they learn. This also served as a review guide from what I learned when I took my degree. The language and the terminologies used by the teachers, and experts in the field are great to know as well.
I have totally enjoyed the course and would like to join more similar courses. it has not only given me ideas on how the child learns but has taught me ways of observing the child . he only thing that was a bit disturbing was getting similar questions more often asked in different ways . i found that to be a reputation of what I have already said in the other step. other wise I highly recommend parents to take this course
I recommend the course not only to teachers or carers, it is for parents as well; it has made me remember how young children see the world through their eyes, everything is new and amazing. I believe that it can be applied to everyday life as well not only to learn a new language.
I really enjoyed the course, it’s very interesting and useful. The reading material is an excellent bonus!