This fully updated second edition provides a comprehensive and readable introduction to teaching young learners. It gives an accessible overview of the issues, including child development, L1 and L2 learning, L2 skills, vocabulary and grammar, learning to learn, materials design, and policy issues. Integrating theory and practice in an accessible way, it draws onup-to-date research and classroom practice that is internationally relevant. New for this edition: • Systematic incorporation of ideas related to technology across all chapters • Discussion of current trends in the field of teaching young learners, including CLIL, online learning, issues of assessment, 21st century skills, and ways of giving children more agency in their language learning • A new chapter on intercultural awareness for young learners • Updates to research and practical examples, and new tasks • An extended final chapter on classroom research, complete with innovative ideas for researching with children.
This comprehensive guide to research and debate centres around language learning in childhood, the age factor and the different contexts where language learning happens, including home and school contexts. The scope is wide, capturing examples of studies with different age groups, different methodological approaches and different languages.