First class with very young learners

In this video, Winnie Pang demonstrates several activities that can be used with 5 year-old children who are in their first English class of the year.

Winnie looks at establishing classroom routines, dealing with the issues that exist in first classes and also looks at successful ways to introduce phonics to this age group.

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Submitted by Cynthiaonthemoon on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:28


It's very interesting to use pan to teach letters. Obviously, the children in class enjoy this way. Also, encouraging children to discover by themselves is becoming the mainstream of teaching. I'm confused about the way to deal with very young children because the class of very young learners is easy to lose control.

Submitted by HelenaRogers on Fri, 05/16/2014 - 08:05


I'm amazed that these very young learners have such good motor skills that they can write letters and numbers. I'm also surprised that she is teaching letters and sounds in L2 at such an early stage. We tend not to do any reading or writing here until reading is established in L1.

Submitted by travellingtiff on Sun, 03/01/2015 - 15:23


Being relatively new to TEFL, I'm really enjoying seeing what strategies other teachers employ. I'm a little confused with this video however, as I thought this site was primarily for EFL/ESOL teachers and this video doesn't tick what I consider to be the norm EFL/ESOL very YL boxes. Firstly, there are 3 members of staff to 8 children. In a normal EFL YL class there's 1 teacher to 8+. Secondly, the children already understand everything the teacher is saying in English. Thirdly, the children already have a good understanding of classroom etiquette. The tactics employed do not work with kids that don't know much about the latter. It's a nice video, just not overly helpful.

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