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ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING DEPARTMENT

APPROACHES IN TEACHING ENGLISH TO YOUNG LEARNERS


TENTATIVE M.A COURSE SYLLABUS

2014-2015 FALL SEMESTER


CLASSES HELD: Tuesday (203) 15.10 - 16:50
INSTRUCTOR: Do. Dr. Esim GRSOY
Office No: 221
Office Telephone: 294 22 66
E-mail: esim@uludag.edu.tr
esimgursoy@yahoo.com

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1. Students will be able to analyze the theoretical approaches that affect childrens language learning.
2. Students will be able to identify techniques to teach language skills to YLs.
3. Students will be able to synthesize theoretical information to create activities and materials for YLs.
4. Students will be able to examine global practices in teaching YLs.
ASSESSMENT
1. Oral and written presentation of the literature review and the methodology on the selected topic of
research (40%) (use APA format only)
2. Full research paper presented as an article (60%)

PLAGIARISM
1. It is essential to pay attention to citations that are used. You can only use 3 words that belong to
an author. More words will be plagiarism and it is not permitted. You can use paraphrasing by
citing the author. For complete APA manual refer to the following website:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01
2. Students are responsible of handing out the articles that they used while writing their papers.
Papers submitted without the articles are not accepted.
PROFESSIONALISM
1. Oral presentations and papers that are presented should reflect professionalism. Students are
required to follow general guidelines for oral presentation (visuality, length of power point
slides etc.) and APA manual for papers. The language that is used should be clear,
comprehensible, to the point, and without any grammatical errors. Do not submit your papers
without proof reading. Students will lose points from frequent and multiple grammatical
errors. At this point of their education students are required to present error-free papers.
2. Presenters should be well prepared and be able to manage the classroom discussion on a given
topic. The questions that are asked by the presenter should lead fruitful discussions that would
facilitate the comprehension of the topic.
3. All students are required to read, synthesize and be prepared to discuss in class the reading
assignments.
Week No: Topics of Discussion
1. Sep.15 - 18
Introduction to the course
2. Sep. 22 - 25
Childrens characteristics: Child-Adult differences
3. Sep. 29 - Oct.02
Theories of child development (Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner)
4.Oct.7
KURBAN BAYRAMI
5.Oct.13-17
The aims of early language learning
6. Oct. 20 - 23 A framework for teaching English to YLs / Nremberg recommendations
Basic Principles of Primary FLE (Council of Europe)
7. Oct. 27 - 30
CUMHURYET BAYRAMI
8. Nov. 03-07
Teaching children listening and speaking
9. Nov.10-13
Teaching children vocabulary
10. Nov.17-20
Teaching children reading + (Identification of research topics)
11. Nov.24-27
Teaching children writing and grammar
12. Dec.01-04
Presentation of Literature reviews and Methodology sections
13. Dec.08-11
Activity-based teaching: Using games, songs, and rhymes in teaching young
learners
14. Dec.15-18
Stories and story-telling with children
15. Dec.22-25
Language Learning Strategies of Children



No: Reading List
1
Grsoy, E. & Arkan, A. (2012). Teaching English to Young Learners: An Activity-Based
Guide for Prospective Teachers. Ankara: Eiten Kitap
2 Cameron, L. (2001). Teaching Languages to Young Learners, Cambridge: CUP.
3
Vale, D. & Feunteun, A. (1995) Teaching Children English: A training course for
teachers of English to children. Cambridge: CUP.
4 Moon, J. (2000). Children Learning English. China: Macmillan Heinemann.
5
Brumfit, C. Moon, J. & Tongue, R. (1991). Teaching English to Children: From practice
to principle. London: Harper Collins.
6 Halliwell, S. (1992). Teaching in the Primary Classroom. Spain: Longman.
7 Scott, W. A. & Ytreberg, L. H. (1990). Teaching English to Children. UK: Longman.
8
House, S. (1997). An Introduction to Teaching English to Children. London: Richmond
Publishing.
9 Slattery, M. & Willis, J. (2001). English for Primary Teachers. Hong Kong: OUP.
10 Orr, J. K. (1999). Growing Up with English. Washington. DC: US Department of State.
11 Genesee, F. (Ed.) (1994). Educating Second Language Children. USA: CUP
12
Ellis, G. & Brewster (Eds.) (1991). The Storytelling Handbook.: A guide for primary
teachers of English. England: Penguin Books.
13 Wood, D. (1988). How Children Think and Learn. USA: Blackwell.
14 Lightbown, P. M. & Spada, N. (1999). How Languages are Learned. Hong Kong: OUP.
15
Brewster, J., Ellis, G. and Girard, D. (1992). The primary English teachers guide,
England: Penguin English.