Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM787: Teaching English to Young Learners

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The syllabus plan is subject to change but is anticipated to include the following:


An introductory overview of the teaching of English to young learners within the context of the growth of English as an international language; towards a definition of a young learner.

A critical introduction to the significance of age to learning English as a foreign or additional language; why start young?

Children as language learners: insights from theory on child development, learning and second language acquisition; Piaget and constructivism; Vygotsky and social constructivism.

An examination oflanguage based approaches versus activity based approaches.

A critical introduction to classroom management and the role of the primary language teacher.

A critical introduction to promoting Oracy: Teaching speaking and listening.

A critical introduction to promoting Literacy: Teaching reading and writing.

Student presentations and discussion of assignments

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Learning and teaching activities15lectures, seminars and workshops
Learning and teaching activities15directed reading
guided independent study40assignment preparation
guided independent study80directed study

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment). (Sample young learner EFL language tests) ( IATEFL Young Learner SIG webpage)

Other Learning Resources

Young learner EFL course books.