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Discussion Summaries

The following summaires are compiled from discussions on the IATEFL Young Learners Special Interest Group Discussion List.

They are available to members and summarise the views of YL practitioners and experts from around the world on a range of current issues affecting the teaching of English (EFL / ESL) to children and teenagers.

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2009

Simon Greenall: Publishing in ELT
 
Andrew Wright: Stories in Language Teaching
 
Lisa Harshberger: Teaching Tolerance Through English 
 
Helen Emery: Problems and practices of teaching reading to EFL primary children.

Summary of Discussion on Teaching English to Young Learners in China: A Dialogue between the west and the east.



2008

Drama in ELT

Summarised by Susan Hillyard, May 2008

Young Learner Teacher Development

Summarised by Simon Smith, January 2008

Wish list of low and high tech materials for ELT

Summarised by Wendy Arnold, February 2004 (?)


2007

Children’s L2 writing development:a neglected skill?

Summarised and fielded by Jaynee Moon, February, 2007 (pending)

See also background reading and biodata

Whose English? Use of mother tongue (ad hoc discussion) January 2007Refer to messages 7198-7218

Discipline in the classroom/bad behaviour (ad hoc discussion) Jan-February, 2007

Refer to messages 7212-7367

Stories in language teaching.

Summarised and fielded by Andrew Wright, January, 2007

See also background reading and biodata



2006

What price literacy?

Summarised and fielded by Alan Maley, October, 2006

Refer to messages 6793 - 6864

See also biodata and questions

Principles and methods/theory and practice (ad hoc discussion), June 2006

Refer to messages 6426 – 6414

Down with grammar!

Summarised and fielded by Dennis Newson, May 2006

See also background reading (1) and (2) plus biodata

The relationship among action,talk and texts in learning and teaching

Summarised and fielded by Gordon Wells, February 2006

See also background reading and biodata

REALBOOKS seminar 4-6th April 2006 York

Questions and answers by Annie Hughes and YL SIG e-members, February 2006

See also promotional poster, background reading and biodata

CLIL in a natural language environment

Summarised and fielded by Irena Kostenbauer, February 2006 (pending)

See also background reading and biodata

Vocabulary

Summarised and fielded by Shelagh Rixon, January 2006 (pending)

See also background reading and biodata




2005

Special Educational Needs in the L2 classroom

Summarised and fielded by David Wilson, November 2005

For background reading link to:

http://www.specialeducationalneeds.com/case/ and biodata

Creativity in the classroom

Summarised and fielded by Lynne Cameron, October 2005

See also background reading and biodata

Teaching Thinking skills in school

Summarised and fielded by Susan Hillyard, May-June 2005

See also background reading and biodata

Cardiff 2005 Conference Summaries

Summarised by Wendy Arnold (19 summaries) April 2005

What exactly is accelerated learning?

Summarised and fielded by Susan Norman, March 2005

See also background reading and biodata

Materials Development

Summarised and fielded by Brian Tomlinson, February 2005

See also background reading and biodata

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

Summarised and fielded by Jean Brewster, John Clegg and Keith Kelly, January 2005

See also background reading and biodata




2004

Bilingual Education

Summarised and fielded by Stephen Krashen, October 2004

See also background reading  and biodata

Teaching a Foreign Language to Very Young Learners

Summarised by Wendy Arnold, September 2004

Waldorf / Steiner Pedagogy

Summarised by Wendy Arnold, September 2004

Dyslexia and Pictographic Languages

Summarised by Wendy Arnold, September 2004

Grammar

Summarised by Wendy Arnold, September 2004

Assessment

Fielded by Melanie Williams, summarised by Wendy Arnold, March 2004

See also biodata

Songs: valuable teaching resource or just time-fillers?

Fielded by Annie Hughes and summarised by Wendy Arnold, January 2004

See also biodata

Task-Based Language Teaching, fielded and summarised by David Nunan, April 2004
Related article: Task-Based Language Teaching, Chapter 1, by David Nunan, CUP and biodata

Drama Ideas. Moderated and summarised by Wendy Arnold, May 2004
A web page version of this summary, poorly formatted but with links intact, can be found here

High and Low Tech Teaching. Moderated and summarised by Wendy Arnold, February 2004

Vocabulary Learning. Moderated and summarised by Wendy Arnold, 2004



2003

Why Does the Rabbit Have Long Ears? Moderated and summarised by Wendy Arnold, December 2003
A web page version of this summary, poorly formatted but with links intact, can be found here

Meeting individual needs of young learners: how much differentiation in approach is really possible in the classroom? Fielded by P.S.Westwood and summarised by P.S.Westwood and Wendy Arnold, November 2003

biodata Peter Westwood

related article: Language Experience Approach. P.S.Westwood 2003

Learning strategies including higher order thinking and mindmapping. Moderated and summarised by Wendy Arnold, October 2003

Teaching teenagers - classroom management strategies at the outset. Moderated and summarised by Wendy Arnold, October 2003

Storytelling. Moderated and summarised by Wendy Arnold, October 2003

English for Young Learners Collaborative Bibilography, Wendy Arnold, March 2003

Classroom Discipline Strategies, Wendy Arnold, April 2003 

English Through Arts and Cultures: a Cross-Curricular English Course for Young Learners (6 - 12), Livia Farago, 2003

Using ICT with Young Learners, moderated and summarised by Wendy Arnold, 2003

Phonics in Teaching Young Learners, moderated and summarised by Wendy Arnold, 2003

Designing a primary EFL/ESL course, moderated and summarised by Wendy Arnold, 2003

Using Readers in the English Language Classroom with Young Learners, Melanie Williams, 2003

A snake snake story from France, Donatienne Binard, 2003

Using Course Books and Stories as a 'vehicle', Moderated and summarised by Wendy Arnold, June 2003

Using Real Books in the Primary EFL Classroom, Wendy Superfine, 2003

English Language Teaching Organisations Worldwide, summarised by Wendy Arnold, 2003



2002

Assessing Young Learners: Annabelle O'Toole, July 2002

Non-linguistic Competencies, Rebecca Jones, 2002

Designing Appropriate Curricula for Young Learners, Rebecca Tompsett, 2002

Foreign Languages and Deaf Children, Sandie Jones Mourão, April 2002

The Role of the Mother Tongue, Gordon Lewis, May 2002

Reading and Writing Skills, moderated and summarised by Wendy Superfine, February 2002


2001

Is it worth going for authenticity at the expense of lexis overload? Jane Myles, October 2001

Teenagers and Project Work, Diane Phillips, November 2001

The challenges and rewards of trainee YL teachers, Rosemary Scott, December 2001

The Place of Story-Telling in Language Teaching, Peter Falvey and P. Kennedy