Essentials: Teaching English to Young Learners in Primary School

Faculty/Professorship: Teaching English as a Foreign Language 
Author(s): Summer, Theresa  ; Böttger, Heiner
Title of the compilation: English in Primary Education : Concepts, Research, Practice
Editors: Summer, Theresa  ; Böttger, Heiner
Publisher Information: Bamberg : University of Bamberg Press
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 9-47
ISBN: 978-3-86309-898-8
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.20378/irb-58788
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
This contribution is about selected key issues related to the teaching of English to young learners (TEYL). Focusing particularly on primary school education, it reflects upon central theories and evidence-based research related to how young learners acquire and learn English. After an outline of central teaching principles, we develop the notion of a principled mindset. This provides the basis for a discussion of competence development and the integration of materials – focusing particularly on the role of authentic materials, scaffolding, classroom phrases, and the importance of literary texts. A basic introduction into how to plan competence-based lessons or lesson sequences follows. Throughout this contribution, examples aim to highlight the importance of a theoretical grounding for teaching practice.
GND Keywords: Grundschulunterricht; Englischunterricht
Keywords: teaching English to young learners (TEYL), primary education, teaching principles, theories, competences, literature, storytelling / picturebooks, scaffolding, classroom phrases, lesson planning
DDC Classification: 370 Education  
RVK Classification: DP 3100   
Type: Contribution to an Articlecollection
Release Date: 16. May 2023

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