1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners

Edited By Sue Garton, Fiona Copland Copyright 2019
    564 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    562 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners celebrates the ‘coming of age’ for the field of research in primary-level English Language Teaching. With 32 chapters written by international scholars from a wide geographical area including East Africa, Mexico, the South Pacific, Japan, France, the USA and the UK, this volume draws on areas such as second language acquisition, discourse analysis, pedagogy and technology to provide:

    • An overview of the current state of the field, identifying key areas of TEYL.
    • Chapters on a broad range of subjects from methodology to teaching in difficult circumstances and from Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) to gaming.
    • Suggestions of ways forward, with the aim of shaping the future research agenda of TEYL in multiple international contexts.
    • Background research and practical advice for students, teachers and researchers.

    With extensive guidance on further reading throughout, The Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners is essential reading for those studying and researching in this area.

    Introduction Sue Garton and Fiona Copland

    PART 1 – Macro Issues

    1. Languages policy and English for young learners in early education Richard Johnstone

    2. The age debate: a critical overview David Singleton and Simone E. Pfenninger

    3. Early language learning teacher education Sarah Rich

    4. Young learners’ motivation for learning English Yingying Li, Ye Han and Xuesong Gao

    5. Teaching English to young learners in difficult circumstances Kuchah Kuchah

    PART 2 In the Young Learner Classroom

    6. Contexts of learning in TEYL Farrah Ching and Angel M. Y. Lin

    7. Multilingualism in primary schools Victoria Murphy

    8. Differentiated instruction for young English learners Amanda L. Sullivan and Mollie R. Weeks

    9. Languages in the young learner classroom Fiona Copland and Ming Ni

    10. Classroom management for teaching English to young learners Subhan Zein

    PART 3 Young Learner Pedagogy

    11. Fostering young learners’ listening and speaking skills Yasemin Kirkgöz

    12. Teaching reading and writing to young learners Joan Kang Shin and JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall

    13. Teaching grammar to young learners Herbert Puchta

    14. Vocabulary teaching for young learners Torill Irene Hestetræet

    15. Critical pedagogy and teaching English to children Mario E. López-Gopar

    16. CLIL in the primary school context Maria Ellison

    17. Learning through literature Janice Bland

    18. Language learning through projects Wendy Arnold, Coralyn Bradshaw and Kate Gregson

    PART 4 Technology and Young Learner Curriculum

    19. Gaming and young learners Yuko Goto Butler

    20. Mobile learning for young english learners Florià Belinchón Majoral

    21. Classroom technology for young learners Shona Whyte and Euline Cutrim Schmid

    22. Syllabus development in early English language teaching Virginia Parker and David Valente

    23. Materials for early language learning Irma-Kaarina Ghosn

    24 Assessment of young English language learners Szilvia Papp

    Part 5 Researching Young Learners

    25. Research issues with young learners Annamaria Pinter

    26. Research into the teaching of English as a foreign language in early childhood education and care Sandie Mourão

    27. Research on learning English outside the classroom Peter Sayer and Ruth Ban

    Part 6 Teaching English to Young Learners: Regional Perspectives

    28. Early English language learning in Africa: challenges and opportunities Medadi E. Ssentanda and Jacob Marriote Ngwaru

    29. Early English language learning in East Asia Lixian Jin and Martin Cortazzi

    30. The Teaching of English to Young Learners in Europe Shelagh Rixon

    31. Teaching English to young learners: some reflective voices from Latin America Inés K. Miller, Maria Isabel A. Cunha, Isabel Cristina R. Moraes Bezerra, Adriana N. Nóbrega, Clarissa X. Ewald, Walewska G. Braga.

    32. The teaching of English to young learners across the Pacific Fiona Willans


    Sue Garton is a Reader in TESOL and Associate Dean of External Relations within the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University, UK.

    Fiona Copland is a Professor of TESOL and Associate Dean of Research within the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling, UK.