Teaching Young Learners

Course Code: TEJL-8
Start Date: 2023/1/28 End Date: 2023/4/22 Day: Sat Time: 14:30-17:50 Hours: 42 Sessions: 12 Semester: Spring Core certificate: Teaching English to Japanese Learners Medium of Instruction: English Special Notes: 【This is a hybrid course that you can join either at our Tokyo campus or online via Zoom.】 / This course will meet 12 times on Saturday afternoons. Location: Hybrid, In-Person (Tokyo), Online

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Course Description

Children begin language learning without prejudices about its methods and difficulties. The fundamental challenge to teachers and course designers is to maintain children's enthusiasm for learning and enable them to enjoy achievement. Fortunately, adults are capable of overcoming their own fears and prejudices about teaching and to teach children effectively. This course will cover basic psychology of children's language learning, and age appropriate activities and teaching methods. Essential experiences in this course include considering theoretical background as well as demonstrations of lessons and materials.

The weekly Saturday afternoon sessions will be conducted online via Zoom and last between 90 and 120 minutes. These sessions will focus on reflecting, discussion, and preparing for activities.  In addition to the Saturday sessions, participants will work through material and weekly activities individually and in groups. In addition to reading assignments, participants should expect to spend at least 2 hours per week on activities outside of class sessions.

Learning Objectives

1. Gain a broad understanding of elements related to teaching young language learners.
2. Practice articulating key concepts related to teaching young language learners.
3. Arrange and construct a PowerPoint presentation related to the concepts.

Who should take this course

Incumbent English Language teachers, those who are interested in teaching the English language to young learners, and those interested in engaging in discussions related to teaching language.


Teaching Languages to Young Learners


Yujiro Shimogori

Instructor Biography

Yujiro Shimogori has a Master's degree in Education with emphasis in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. degree in Education with focus in Bilingual Education from San Diego State University. He is a 14 year veteran as a primary, secondary, and higher education educator and researcher in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tokyo. Educated, lived and worked in Japan and the US, he is bilingual and bicultural, and proficient in Japanglish as well. His research interests include bicultural identity development, bilingualism, culturally relevant pedagogy, and second language acquisition. Shimogori enjoys visiting new places, taking long walks, and watching baseball, judo, kendo, NFL games, and sumo.