Teacher Skills Forum 2019
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Sunday, March 10 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Early Years: Happy Children Learn Best

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How do very young children best learn English? To teach English in early childhood we need to understand this age group, or we can end up doing more damage than good.
How do we set up the optimal conditions for learning English in Early Years? We need to provide an enabling environment which isn’t just a physical space or expensive toys, it is ensuring that children feel happy and safe, are socially and emotionally secure, trust their teachers and relationships are valued. We need to understand the child and find their interests.
This session will show how tapping into this natural curiosity and intrinsic motivation is key to any in depth lesson planning. We will show the benefits of play-based activities for language learning and how best to talk to small children in order to develop an additional language, increase confidence and self-esteem. This includes how we praise and encourage them and making sure labelling doesn’t start earlier.

In this workshop we’ll share practical ideas in these key areas so that both the teacher and the children can have fun in English, feel challenged and enjoy the learning process. We’ll show how we’ve done this with concrete examples from the British Council’s early years’ English course for 2-6 year olds, Learning Time with Timmy, and draw on our experience of developing and setting up these holistic English courses.
By the end of this workshop participants will be able to understand:
- What an enabling environment is
- How observation feeds into lesson planning
- Practical ways to develop language as well as the whole child in play activities

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Global Early Years & Primary Academic Adviser, British Council
Early Years EnglishLanguage DevelopmentPlay based learningMOOCsSocial & Emotional Well-beingMindset

Sunday March 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm EET
Wadi Rum 1 - Ground Floor