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Sharing in the Wisdom of Experienced Teachers: Managing VYLs

Issue number 45 of the IH Journal features an article which will reassure junior teachers of very young learners (VYLs) of English: “The Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Teaching VYLs”, by Claire Elliot, a teacher from IH Córdoba (Spain) who has also worked in the UK, France and Switzerland.

The article lists and details ten tips about successfully teaching children younger than 6. Going through the author’s recommendations, you will learn that it’s important to project calm and serenity if you want your VYLs to manage themselves well, you will become aware of your role in developing your VYLs’ motor skills and social skills, and you will pick up a few ways of creating suspense and surprise, to your VYL’s delight.

Suggestions are also included about the pace (with a good balance between settlers and stirrers), the setting (with several examples of classroom options), the exploitation of material (with an emphasis on the importance of repetition), and the use of routines.

Above all, Claire Elliot’s piece is a micro-guide of self-management which shows teachers of VYLs how to be in control while delivering classes which are fun and enjoyable for both students and teachers.

Read the full article here. https://ihworld.com/ih-journal/issues/issue-45/ten-things-i-wish-i-had-known-when-i-started-teaching-vyls/

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