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Teaching EFL to Young Learners



Participants of Teaching EFL to Young Learners TEFL2YL EVO19 will learn about and create activities for English to Young Learners and Teens from around the world using storytelling, board games, action songs, and limited resource classroom activities. 



Session Objectives


By the end of this workshop, participants will have:


  • discussed challenges and activities involved in teaching EFL to young learners.

  • discussed methods of teaching young learners via storytelling; games; actions songs; arts & crafts.

  • created activities using storytelling; board games; action songs; arts & crafts.

  • created video tutorials to document work.  



Target audience


TEFL2YL is designed for teachers, parents, caregivers, and everyone involved in teaching young learners and teens irrespective of context or degree of experience. Participants will be expected to have the basic skills necessary to facilitate communication via an online discussion group.





Weekly Content




Week 1  (January 13-19) Getting Acquainted with Nellie Deutsch and Sheryl McCoy 


During week 1 of the course, participants will


  • get acquainted with the other members

  • get acquainted with the video tutorial tools

  • get acquainted with the editor and learn to use PoodLL 
  • brainstorm and discuss topical issues of concern in teaching EFL to young learners around the world



Week 2  (January 20-26) Dramatic Storytelling in Story Reading with Nellie Deutsch and Judy Wong


Learn to use and practice the art of dramatic storytelling with story reading in your classroom.


During week 2 of the course, participants will:


  • read research articles on storytelling and story reading as a way for young learners to learn English language skills 

  • discuss storytelling and story reading in the YL classroom 

  • consider the benefits and challenges involved in using storytelling and story reading in the classroom

  • learn and practice the skill of dramatic storytelling in story reading 

  • create activities that involving dramatic storytelling in story reading



Week 3   (January 27 - February 2) Board Games with Nives Torresi and Sheryl McCoy


During week 3 of the course, participants will


  • read research articles on learning English language skills via board games 

  • discuss board games in the YL classroom 

  • consider the benefits and challenges involved in using board games

  • create activities that involve board games



Week 4  (February 3-9) Action Songs with Charles Goodger


Action Songs and CLIL  - Best Practices for Primary School School Teachers of English as a second or foreign language


During week 4, participants will


  • examine the significance of meaning in a melody and meaning in language and ponder their parallels and implications for language learning

  • understand the benefits of presenting new language through music and mime, rhythm and rhyme using TPR (Total Physical Response)  techniques 

  • develop a grounding of  CLIL to integrate into a classroom module presented through a specific action song 

  • upload and review worksheets based on an original action song about the five senses


Week 5  (February 10-16) Creating Class Resources with Julie Pratten 


During week 5, participants will: 


  • Discuss the zero to low resource classroom
  • Develop a Maker Space on Padlet  
  • Create resources using the following mixed materials for the EFL young learners' classroom:  
    • cardboard and boxes
    • yoghurt pots
    • tin cans
    • canes
    • old newspapers and magazines
    • old sheets or pieces of fabric
    • paper mache
    • string
    • rubber bands 
    • paints, paint brushes and coloured markers
    • thin rubber gloves
    • craft glue 
    • whatever bits and bobs you have


  • Showcase reflections of the EVO session using presentations and video tutorials on Padlet. 



Session Communication Tools


  • Moodle LMS 
  • WizIQ Virtual Class
  • ZOOM 





PowerPoint presentations, Plotagon, Storyboard That, Padlet, and video authoring tutorials using Screencast-o-Matic to reflect and share.







Join this session



Registration starts on Jan 6, 2019. 



To join this session:


  1. Log in first and each time clicking on one of the following icons on the site (bottom right): Gmail, Facebook, Microsoft, or LinkedIn
  2. Enrol in Teaching EFL for Young Learners EVO 2019 






Name (last, first)

Email address

Location (country of residence)

Biodata (not more than 50 words)  


Deutsch, Nellie



Nellie Deutsch (Ed.D)(see Bio) is an EFL teacher and teacher trainer. She coaches teachers and admin on how to teach with and manage Moodle courses and websites. She's an instructional designer and facilitator of fully online and blended learning programs using Moodle, WizIQ, Adobe Connect, Congrea (on Moodle), ZOOM, Google drive, Sceencast--o-Matic, Wikieducator, YouTube, Vimeo, Knovio, and active learning presentation tools that focus on teaching as a way to learn.


Torresi, Nives



Nives Torresi is a Teacher, at Classical Studies High School (Italy), of English Conversation & English Drama; English Exam Preparation (Cambridge FCE & PET) and Business English to local corporations.

Nives also translates from Italian to English (specializing in Business Manuals, Historical archives & Medical papers), works as Interpreter and Mediator for Business negotiations.

Also teaches online via interactive learning platforms for Business & Conversation English courses & Language tutoring. Participates actively in online Teacher Training or development courses such as Moodle for Teachers and Teaching with Technology,

More about Nives


Charles Goodger



Charles Goodger is a composer, writer, and teacher-trainer. Founder of the FunSongs Method of teaching English he is particularly interested in helping the teacher to use creative forms of expression in the learning process: music, and mime, rhythm, and rhyme. Charles loves the collective enjoyment of children singing, moving and performing in an entertainingly convincing way. 


Kacmaz (Pratten), Julie



Julie Pratten Kacmaz is a writer, and EFL teacher and teacher trainer, with three decades, experience in teaching English as a Foreign Language. She has worked in over 25 countries, including Brazil, Germany, Lithuania, and Paraguay. Nowadays, she lives in Turkey with her husband, two cats, two dogs, and chickens.

Wong, Judy theaterforell@gmail.com  USA 

Judy is a native New Yorker who is a visual & performing artist, a writer and an English teacher to speakers of other languages. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at PACE University in New York City, USA, she promotes literacy as a reader in the NYC Public School and she is an advisory board member of EFLtalks (online EFL teachers' teaching teachers webinar group). Judy has taught 3-80 yrs old students dance, acting, elocution, academics through the arts as a guest artist and English. Ever passionate, currently she is combining her two passions (theater arts and English teaching) to work on bringing together a forward thinking group of artists and educators to develop new original culturally relevant theater for ELL (English Language Learner) audiences. Judy holds a BS in Liberal Arts /Teaching Academics through the Arts and a MA in TESOL from the New School University in NYC, USA.

“We are teachers as well as students and our students are our teachers” 

McCoy, Sheryl n2teaching2@gmail.com  Erie, Kansas USA 

“Learning is an adventure for life” is the vision that Sheryl McCoy shares. She teaches and judges online & F2F STEAM contests, workshops, and professional development courses, developing a fusion of teaching tools, Inquiry-based skills, research, and interests.

Sheryl earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Ed, as well as a Masters degree in Curric & Instruction in Environmental Sci ED at PittState University, Pittsburg, Kansas.

Today, Sheryl lives with her family on their sustainable farm in the Central Plains of USA (Kansas) where she works and volunteers in a variety of settings, including F2F and online within informal education networks.





Comments (3)

Judy Wong said

at 12:14 pm on Sep 25, 2018

I agree!

Sheryl A. McCoy said

at 12:22 pm on Sep 25, 2018

I agree!

NTorresi said

at 12:44 pm on Sep 25, 2018

I agree!

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