Young Learners and ELT

Module code: EN7517

This option module looks at the major issues connected with the teaching of young learners and English language teaching. You will have the opportunity to consider a range of relevant educational principles; examine a variety of teaching materials and textbooks; consider classroom teaching and experiences of young children learning; relate approaches and methods for teaching children to the social, cultural and educational context; and explore the value of story-based language teaching.

Topics covered

  • Growth of ELT for Young Learners
  • Children as language learners
  • How children learn a Second Language
  • Learning through tasks and topics
  • Learning through stories
  • Approaches to bilingual education in the UK


  • 5 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of tutorials
  • 5 hours of project supervision
  • 138 hours of guided independent study


  • Assignment, 3,000 words (100%)


With the prior agreement of the module leader(s) the assessment for two option modules may be combined in a single submission of 6,000 words.