Teaching Young Learners

Course Code: TEJL-8
Start Date: 2024/6/1 End Date: 2024/8/17 Day: Sat Time: 14:30-17:50 Hours: 42 Sessions: 12 Semester: Summer Instructional Language: 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 English Proficiency Level: Advanced

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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.

Professional Training Certificate Elective Course For:


Teaching Languages to Young Learners


Alexandra Shaitan

Instructor Biography

Alexandra Shaitan has a Master’s Degree with a focus on TESOL, from Temple University, Japan Campus, and a PhD (ABD) in Applied Linguistics and Communication from Birkbeck College, University of London. Alexandra has lived and worked in the UK and Japan for the past 20 years, teaching numerous academic courses to ESL learners at different educational institutions including pre-schools, high schools and universities. Her current research interests include bilingualism, language and identity, learner autonomy and task-based language teaching. She recently delivered a workshop on “Language and Identity” at the University of West London, the UK, as an invited speaker. Her calling and passion are sharing her teaching experiences with others.