I am very excited about the opportunity to be developing and then running a teacher training course on teaching Very Young Learners for International House Budapest from May, 2012.
I have taught little ones, including my own kids, for so many years and I've learnt so much from it. I know that a lot of people argue against the effectiveness of teaching foreign languages at this age. However, from my own experience of growing up in a bilingual environment - which I know is different from having classes in the foreign language once or maybe twice a week, but still presents similar traces of the type of skills being developed during this process - and my own teaching experience prove all the positive results that such a second language environment can have.
During this teacher training course I'm planning to show teachers examples from my own teaching of very young learners I filmed, including ones where I failed. I'm sure it will be exciting to look back and analyse these moments and discuss with you things like "Why do you think this went so well with this groups of kids?" or "What do you think my assumption was about the way kids learn at this age when I did this?" or "Why do you think they didn't react the way I'd expected?" You will have the opportunity to see the same kids in action over a period of three years, what they were like when they were 4-5 years old and what they can do in English at the age of 7-8.
I'm also going to share a lot of teaching materials I developed or adapted for the groups I taught, and would love to hear your ideas about them.
Another important point we are going to touch on in this course is how to deal with parents. I believe this has become crucial because they tend to have different perceptions about what should happen in a VYL class and expectations towards their children.
Anyway, there is a full description on the IH website about this course where you can download the application for the course too.
Whenever I train on a course, I learn a lot from the participants and the whole process myself and I'm so grateful I can do this. I really look forward to working again with teachers interested in teaching EFL to VYL.
If you have any questions about the course, just skype me (my id is erikaosvath) or drop and email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I'll be happy to chat with you.