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Online Course

English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development

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British Council via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate $59 Certificate Available
  • Effort 2 hours a week
  • Duration 6 weeks long
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Overview

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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.

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Sheona Gilmour

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Reviews for FutureLearn's English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development Based on 370 reviews

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development is very interesting course to take in count if you wish to up-date and take a wide knowledge about teaching early childhood.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Along this week, we reviewed about how to talk to young children, and how their social and emotional well-being is so closely linked to their ability to communicate. There was a video conversation on this week in which educators answered some of the questions that we have been asking about the discussion...
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
The course is well organised and structured in a very simple manner in such a way that even the learning content is intensive most of the participants can understand and able to do the activities as required. Apart from the administration of the course, the content itself is very relevant and helpful...
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Alla L
Alla completed this course.
The course "English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development" covers essential issues of young children learning: the importance of playing in learning; the ways of motivating, involving, praizing children; developing language in context; the ways of providing friendly invironment and opportunities...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I've been teaching children aged 2- 6 for the past 5 years in Hong Kong and Beijing, and I think this course was very informative and I definitely learned a few new things. However, I would have liked more about how to discipline students. Some tips and ideas about how to deal with a student that is continuously unruly and disruptive in the class. In a case where explaining that the student is not bad and that rather their behaviour is wrong doesn't work so well, or isn't that effective. I also understand that these students are young and that in time they will learn the correct behaviours. I would've liked a section on discipline or techniques to adjust unwanted behaviour in a classroom setting.

Thanks for your videos and time you took to make this course.

I learned about schema's in children and how specific toys can help development in more detail.

Bradley Green
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this 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.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
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.

Futurelearn is excellent with a wide variety of courses to suit all interests. There are some interesting autism courses which are run from time to time which are excellent and may also be of interest.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I was hesitant to join the course in the beginning,as I thought this to be as same as other online courses.But after 1 week I couldn't resist myself to continue with the course. Being an early year teacher for almost 25 years,I thought I knew most of the things related to Early Years.But this course has really helped me to get new ideas,change my view points and enrich myself with great knowledge.Thank you so much for sharing and putting everything in the very best way.I would be surely recommending this course to my other early years teachers too.
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Dorquis R
Dorquis completed this course.
I want to thank all the educators and specialists responsible for this course. It has been for me a lot of reflection and learning. I am also an English student and mother of a 4-year-old child and having taken this course has helped me better understand how to teach. I am putting it into practice and I have the personal commitment to continue applying each recommendation. Thanks again! and Greetings Venezuela, South America
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Having this free online course, it would help a lot to me and to evrybody who wants to learn and acquired knowledge regarding how to deal with the young learners. I learn a lot in this course,in video sharing and most of all the clear explanation and example given comes from the teacher, parents and from the expertise of this course. Iwish there will be given more free learning onlines related to teaching learners.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
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.
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Mckyla F
Mckyla completed this course.
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
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This course is really useful for parents and teachers of young learners. It really makes you think of what you are doing and how you can improve that as a parent or a teacher. The feedback given by the teachers is valuable. And the interviews of the parents are also helpful. I really enjoyed the course and I would definitely recommend it to both parents and teachers. Well done!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
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.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I found the course to be very informative with a great deal of useful information. The content not only provided very useful knowledge but also provided opportunities for reflections on my current practice. The information on Assessment at the early childhood level is worth sharing with every caregiver working with young children.
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Asdoost A
by Asdoost completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
For a long time I have been looking for a MOOC about Child language acquisition. I was glad to find this course, but it was disappointing. The course is more parental advise than a scientific course.
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Oksana O
by Oksana is taking this course right now.
Dear Educators! Thank You for the interesting materials! I find a lot of useful information on this course. I have discovered new ideas about child language development, advices from parents and teachers.

Yours sincerely

Ms Oksana.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Amazing course, once you start you never want to stop! Really enlightening and educative for parents, early years teachers and care givers generally. Takes your bonding with the children to a whole new height. Awesome!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Thank you Sheona, Tracey, Andrea and Rhonda for being fantastic educators on this MOOC. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning, responding and reflecting. There were so many learning points and I must congratulate your team for putting up an excellent show in 'sensitising' teachers and parents of young learners....
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Widad J
Widad completed this course.
This is a great course, especially for beginner teachers, simply because it's easier to learn than to unlearn a lot of things! It aligns the teachers with their main aim: promoting learning by providing contexts and materials that are meaningful to young learners, and what motivates and engaged them...
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