(By Sheona Gilmour)
‘You can introduce language into the child’s world using toys, dolls, cars, etc.’
Are you daunted by the prospect of teaching English to very young children? Sheona Gilmour, lead educator on our new online course for teachers and parents, offers a few tips.
Teaching English to very young children can be challenging, especially if you haven’t done any training for the early years classroom. The first time I walked into a kindergarten, I didn’t want to go back the next day. I came from a background of teaching older children, who sat at desks and whose attention I could hold more easily. So the new environment, full of young children with much shorter attention spans, felt overwhelming. This is a common reaction among teachers new to classrooms of children ranging from two to six years old.
But if you take on board a few essentials, there’s a good chance you’ll end up cherishing the experience. Here are five tips that helped me when I started out.
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