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Id.: 32558
Subject type: OPTATIVA
Year: 4 Teaching period: Primer Cuatrimestre
Credits: 6 Total hours: 150
Classroom activities: 72 Individual study: 78
Main teaching language: Inglés Secondary teaching language: Castellano
Lecturer: BRUTON , LINDSEY ANNE (T) Email:


The main aim of this course, which will constantly integrate theory with practice, is to enable you to function with confidence and enthusiasm as a  teacher of English to young learners during their pre-school and primary school education.

In order to achieve this, subsidiary aims are:

To become  familiar with and  apply the main principles and current approaches and practices relating to teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) and the theories of language, language acquisition and language learning that they are based upon and to  make informed decisions about which, why, how, whether and when to use them.

To develop key young learner (YL) English  language classroom management  techniques and strategies: language modification, storytelling, instruction giving, error correction and feedback etc..

To deepen your linguistic knowledge and know-how by analysing and using  the appropriate metalanguage  to describe  different elements of language and the elements involved in learning the L2, so that you are able to discuss the teaching/ learning experience in a more precise and academic manner.

To analyse and create lesson plans and classroom materials adapted to differing circumstances.


Depending on circumstances, I hope the course may also involve applying knowledge acquired in class through collaborative work with a  a primary school.



General programme competences G01 Capacity to analyse and synthesise information from different sources.
G03 Capacity to organise, plan and self-assess the work undertaken.
G06 Capacity for oral or written interpersonal communication in Spanish to different audiences and using suitable means.
G08 Capacity to absorb social and humanistic concepts within a rounded university education which allows the development of ethical values such as solidarity, interculturality, equality, commitment, respect, diversity, integrity, etc.
G09 Capacity to formulate social transformation proposals, considered ethically, based on democracy and basic rights.
G11 Capacity to establish and fulfil the most suitable quality criteria and to employ work methods and strategies oriented towards continuous improvement.
Specific programme competences E13 Foster group work and individual work and effort.
E15 Know how to tackle multicultural school situations.
E50 Be aware of the difficulties in learning the official languages for pupils from other countries.
E51 Address language learning situations in multilingual situations.
E52 Communicate in a foreign language in the spoken and written form.
E70 Capacity to understand the main ideas of complex texts which cover specific and abstract topics, even if they are technical - as long as they remain within the person's field of specialisation. In addition, capacity to understand the pedagogical bases in the holistic learning of content and foreign language.
E71 Capacity to interact with native speakers with sufficient fluency and ease that the communication occurs with minimal effort on the part of either speaker.
E72 Capacity to work as a Primary School English Teacher using the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) method.
E73 Capacity to produce clear, detailed texts and design didactic units in line with the pedagogical principles for learning content and foreign languages.
Regulated profession competences P01 Know the curriculum areas of Primary Education, the interdisciplinary relationship between them, evaluation criteria and the body of didactic knowledge for the teaching and learning procedures, respectively.
P02 Define, plan and assess teaching and learning processes, both individually and in collaboration with other teachers and professionals at the school.
P03 Effectively address language learning situations in multicultural and multilingual situations.
P07 Stimulate and value the effort, persistence and personal discipline of the pupils.
P08 Know the organisation of primary schools and the variety of activities of which they are comprised.
P10 Accept that teaching is a matter of getting better and adapting to scientific, pedagogical and social changes over the course of the career.
P12 Take on the educational side of teaching and foment democratic education for an active citizenry.
P16 Acquire the habits and skills to learn alone or with others and foster this among the pupils.
Learning outcomes R01 Know the various focuses that exist as regards teaching English as a foreign language.
R02 Critically assess didactic proposals for the teaching of English as a foreign language.
R03 Design a specific teaching-learning proposal adapted to Primary Education.
R04 Create simple material in English adapted to specific classroom needs.


All students must be registered in the degree programme and we recommend that you possess a B2/ C1 level of English  in order to be able to take full advantage of the course.


Subject contents:

1 - Language and Language Learning
    1.1 - Introduction to and basic principles of TEYL (Teaching English to Young Learners)
    1.2 - Phonology
    1.3 - Language acquisition and language learning
    1.4 - Teaching language skills.
       1.4.1 - Listening and Speaking
       1.4.2 - Reading and Writing
2 - Lesson Planning
    2.1 - Textbook analysis, planning thematic units
    2.2 - Objectives, sequencing and organization
    2.3 - Storytelling 1
    2.4 - Storytelling 2
    2.5 - Assessment
3 - Classroom management
    3.1 - managing language
    3.2 - Managing activities and classroom climate
4 - Background to TEYL (Teaching English to Young Learners
    4.1 - Approaches in TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign Language)
    4.2 - 21st century skills in TEYL

Subject planning could be modified due unforeseen circumstances (group performance, availability of resources, changes to academic calendar etc.) and should not, therefore, be considered to be definitive.


Teaching and learning methodologies and activities applied:

In line with current teaching/ learning theory and given the maturity and motivation of participants on the course, learners will  play an active part in the learning process, being expected to complete tasks outside class that recycle,  consolidate and extend previous work and prepare for subsequent classes. 

There will be both obligatory and recommended reading texts in the GDO and on the PDU so that you can read about subjects in more depth when they particularly interest you. Many of these texts are not available on-line, so I have scanned parts of them in case access to the library is restricted. 

There will be an eclectic approach to teaching and learning methodologies as we will be describing, demonstrating, analysing and discussing the relative merits of the  major trends in  methodology in language teaching/ learning.

The learning process will, if circumstances permit, include collaboration with a primary school, via distance learning if in-class learning is not possible.

In order to promote both linguistic and content learning there will be tolerance of errors and opportunities given for editing and re-editing evaluated work before it is finally assessed. There will however be zero tolerance for plagiarism in any form. Please reference all written work correctly according to the APA style manual.


Student work load:

Teaching mode Teaching methods Estimated hours
Classroom activities
Master classes 5
Other theory activities 5
Practical exercises 10
Practical work, exercises, problem-solving etc. 8
Debates 6
Coursework presentations 6
Films, videos, documentaries etc. 5
Workshops 6
Other practical activities 7
Assessment activities 8
Extra-curricular activities (visits, conferences, etc.) 3
tutorials 3
Individual study
Individual study 12
Individual coursework preparation 12
Group cousework preparation 10
Research work 10
Compulsory reading 10
Recommended reading 5
Portfolio 10
Extra-curricular activities (visits, conferences, etc.) 4
Other individual study activities 5
Total hours: 150


Calculation of final mark:

Final exam: 30 %
Portfolio: 40 %
oral presentations: 30 %
TOTAL 100 %

*Las observaciones específicas sobre el sistema de evaluación serán comunicadas por escrito a los alumnos al inicio de la materia.


Basic bibliography:

RICHARDS, Jack, C. Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014
CAMERON, Lynne. Teaching Languages to Young Learners. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001
LIGHTBOWN, Patsy. How Languages are learned. Oxford. Oxford University Press, 2013

Recommended bibliography:

SPRATT Mary. The TKT (Teacher Knowledge Test) Course. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press, 2011
REIS ESTEVES Vanesa. 500ideas for English Teachers of Young Learners. ETPedia Young Learners

Recommended websites:

BRITISH COUNCIL Resources (lesson plans, materials, articles)
SIR KEN ROBINSON. Changing paradigms - changing education
GLOSSARY of ESL language teaching terminology
LITERACY at primary school in Finland
Open access (free) ESL and EFLjournals
stories for primary
Song lyrics
TKT (Teacher Knowledge Test)