Brain-Based Vocabulary Teaching Strategies

This is a very interesting training session recorded and shared on ELT Ireland Youtube channel. The presenter talked a the way that is very fascinating and brain-friendly. That means, she practices what she preaches. She gave a quick overview of how brain works, then showed the participants how to use the connection for better memorization of vocabulary. She provided two activities to demonstrate the differences between learning separate words and learning them in connection. Very interesting to watch.

Bio-notes about the presenter:

Setenay is from Turkey and she has been teaching English for 8 years including 4 years of teaching when she was a university student. She holds a Masters Degree in English Language Teaching from Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey. Her particular areas of interest are teaching English to young learners and creating new, useful classroom materials and activities.

Professional Development in the Very Young Learner Classroom

In this series of videos, you are going to learn about different ideas and techniques for teaching English to young learner. Dr. Joan Kang Shin, also well-known as a professor of practice, is the series Editor for a 6-level primary English series for National Geographic Learning called Our World. These following videos are part of her professional development video series for Our World. You may want to connect and learn more with Dr. Joan Kang Shin via her google site at 

The Steps of a Lesson

Tips for Managing the Young Learner Classroom

Playing Picture Card Games with Very Young Learners

Supportive and Scaffolded Lessons

Using Puppets with Very Young Learners

Using Movement Games with Very Young Learners

Using Hands-On Games with Very Young Learners

Keeping the Attention of Very Young Learners

Adapting Songs to Different Cultures

Using Songs with Very Young Learners

Best Practices for Teaching English to Young Learners

Using Video and Technology in the Young Learner Classroom

Empowering Young Learners with Real-World Content

Using Songs and Chants in the Young Learner Classroom

Tips for Managing the Young Learner Classroom

Source of these videos: National Geographic Learning: Young Learners

Cho con tiếp xúc với ngoại ngữ khi nào?

“Is earlier really better?” is one of the questions that many people are interested in. Parents want to know if it is a wise decision to have their kids learning English early or they can learn later in life. It turns out that the answer can not be simply yes or no, but must be framed in a large context with many factors and perspectives.

In this talk show, among others in the series called “làm bạn với con” (literally means be your children’s friends), two guest speakers shares their views on the issue.  Dr. Ton Quang Cuong is an academic working at the Hanoi National University; Ms. Pham Thi Cuc Ha is the founder and executive director of the English teaching school “JustKids”. Many interesting points came up during the discussion, but be judicious when you adopt (a)views from those speakers. It is also important to note that “science” do not “prove” anything, they do offer insights from what they have learned. Be aware that how they get to know what they know is still limited and questionable.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts/experiences.