English Language IV (2017/2018)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Paola Vettorel
Paola Vettorel
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. IB dal Nov 13, 2017 al Dec 16, 2017.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Pre-requisite: B1 CEFR language level (English)

The main aim of the workshop is to provide students with methodological tools to teach English to young learners (primary school), and more specifically to:
- develop knowledge of the main approaches, techniques and didactic tools to teach English to young learners (primary school)
- develop familiarity with topics related to the pedagogic implications of the current sociolinguistic complexity of English (World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca)
- be able to plan and develop activities and materials to teach English to young learners (primary school)
- be able to choose adequate techniques, tools and materials to teach English to young learners (primary school)


Topics and issues related to the main approaches, techniques and strategies to teach English to young learners children will be explored during the course, including the development of the four skills (listening and speaking in particular), as well as on how to evaluate and design ELT materials for young learners. The course will include work on the following areas: young learners’ characteristics; English, Englishes and ELF: implications for the language classroom; developing the four skills; lesson planning; creating, adapting and evaluating activities for young language learners; drama and storytelling; songs/chants and game activities.

After an introductory session with issues and materials related to the lesson topics, students will work cooperatively in pairs/small groups, with individual contributions in the development of activities. Lessons will be integrated by online materials and activities within the dedicated e-learning Moodle class. The course will be held in English.

Reading list

Cameron L. 2001. Teaching Languages to Young Learners. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Moon J. 2005. Children Learning English. Oxford: MacMillan.
Pinter A. 2006. Teaching Young Language Learners. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Slattery M., Willis J. 2003. English for Primary Teachers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Additional readings
Balbi R. 2010. L’apprendimento dell’inglese. Proposte per la scuola primaria. Roma: Carocci Faber.
Bianchi C., Corasaniti P., Panzarasa N. 2004. L’inglese nella scuola primaria. Roma: Carocci Faber.
Lopriore L. 2012. Buzzwords in ELT. Roma: Anicia.
Santipolo M. (ed.). 2012. Educare i bambini alla lingua inglese. Lecce: PensaMultimedia
Thornbury S. 2006. An A-Z of ELT. Oxford: MacMillan.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Moon J. Children Learning English. MacMillan 2005
Slattery M., Willis J. English for Primary Teachers. Oxford University Press. 2003
Cameron L. Teaching Languages to Young Learners Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2001
Pinter A. Teaching Young Language Learners. Oxford University Press. 2006

Assessment methods and criteria

During the oral exam, to be held in English, students will discuss topics related to the course, starting from materials and activities part of the Individual Learning Portfolio that was developed during the course, supporting their choices as to activities and materials.

Evaluation criteria:
The final mark will be expressed as ‘idoneo/non idoneo’, and evaluation criteria will take into account the ability to:
● adequately illustrate and discuss the contents of the Individual Learning Portfolio
● connect the activities included in the Individual Learning Portfolio with the methodological framework, adequately supporting and motivating the rationale within which they were planned

Pre-requisite for the exam: B2 CEFR language level (English)