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Young learner terminology

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Are you using the correct terms for your young learners ?
A child is defined as anyone who has not reached their 18th birthday (UNCRC 1989). Within this age range children go through different life-stages as they pass from pre-school, to primary school and to secondary school.

However, the generic term ‘young learner’ along with many other derivatives is often used in the ELT profession to refer to these learners. This can cause misunderstandings and make it difficult to communicate and share knowledge. To encourage clarity and consistency and a common understanding, use the terms on the British Council poster.

To read more see, Ellis, G., 2014. ‘Young learners’: clarifying our terms, ELTJ, Vol 68/1