Engaging Very Young and Young Learners in Real Communication
Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall
29 March 2pm (Lisbon Time) OR 30 March 3pm (Lisbon Time)
Young learners respond best to natural, contextualized real communication that is meaningful, enjoyable, and relevant to their lives. They are also very social and enjoy being active users of the language, not focused on rules or grammar, but on real communication. Through songs, chants, games, role plays, projects and other activities with their teacher and their peers, young learners can be both active and interactive and motivated to participate, since these activities are also fun. These activities can also help our young learners develop into global citizens, aware of other cultures, and proud of their own.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall is Professor Emerita and former Director of the Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. Program, and Co-Director of the MA TESOL Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has worked in all areas of ESL/EFL including teaching, curriculum and materials development, standards development, and teacher training. She is a Series Editor of National Geographic Learning’s young learner programs Welcome to Our World, Our World, and Explore Our World, as well as the teen program Impact, and an author of the professional development title Teaching Young Learners English.