Course Description

This course addresses the issues involved in teaching English to children ages 5-11 in both the U.S. and overseas settings. Child development and language acquisition will be examined in the context of the elementary-aged child. Participants will practice using music/song, storytelling, movement, and drama for language development.

Course Outline

Participants will complete 9 modules during the course. Typically, each of these modules include reading and view assignments, followed by several writing and application assignments. These assignments vary and include reading reflections, essays, discussion forums, observations and so on. The final project is a lesson plan, based on a language objective. The general outline of the course is as follows:

Module 1: Constructivist Theories

Module 2: L1 and L2 Acquisition

Module 3: ELL Program Models

Module 4: Teaching Listening and Speaking to Young Learners

Module 5: Teaching Vocabulary and Grammar to Young Learners

Module 6: Teaching Reading and Writing to Young Learners

Module 7: Strategies and Assessment for Young Learners

Module 8: Materials and Evaluation Design

Module 9: Research in the Primary ELL Classroom: Putting it All Together

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to prepare unit plans for various student types and various language objectives which reflect the application of language acquisition theory.



This course is required for the WA State ELL Endorsement (Area One: Language and Literacy Development).


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Section Title
Young Learners and English Language Teaching
Jan 04, 2022 to Mar 11, 2022
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
SPU Tuition credit (3 units) $650.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Brinton, D. M., & Celce-Murcia, M., & Snow, M. A. (Ed.). (2012). Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Heinle Cengage Learning.

Pinter, A., (2006). Teaching English to Young Language Learners, Oxford:  Oxford University Press. 

Section Notes

Please Note: This course requires two hours per week of contact time with a group of ELLs (either as a teacher or an observer). Contact hours can be either virtual or in-person.

The registration deadline is January 11, 2022 by the end of the day.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU prior to the first class session will receive a 100% refund. Withdrawals submitted online within 7 days of the first class session will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the last class session. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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