Learn PELT on the fist days.

Before learning this course, I can imagine that we will have a system of knowledge about methodologies of teaching English to children in general,and for primary school students in particular. This knowledge is associated  both theory and practice and this course give us specific detail about effectively teaching to children.

After three days in the classroom, I knew the common tasks of this course and the teacher’s request to attend in classroom whole before and after class. I believe that others in my class think as me about that time with our teacher, it’s very interesting and funny. Our teacher is a younger, so we speak and laugh without inhibition more, but sometimes he’s so serious.

The fist lesson, we learned about the common theory of the course and discussed some topic about children base on the experience of each person in the class. We also joined in a game in English, it’s very funny and comfortable. I think that the creation of an interesting class is the most important thing, especially for children, they always like to play than study. So that after class I had to learn some games and songs in English which can help children learning English happier and they will remember more, longer and better.

After the second day in the classroom, I looked for some videos to learn about the English class of the different countries in the world such as China; Thailand; Korea; Singapore… and then compared with Viet Nam to point out the common role of students and teacher in learning English now. In my opinion. the society is developing more and more, methodology of PELT is also changing. The support of modern technical facilities contribute help improving the quality of education. However, we should not be too encrusted use them but lose the positive role of the teacher and students. Today teacher plays a guiding role, students play a key role.But at the age of primary school: How do individuals active in English class? What does teacher do to , provide new knowledge,help children developing all skills,good practicing in English? Will they feel that there is interested in the next English lesson? Answer that questions, we ‘ll understand the role of teacher.

Yesterday is the third day I learn PELT in the classroom. We studied about learning English with the story. As you know children always like hearing tales or reading comic in their childhood. What does teacher do to children feel interesting to hear the English story as their mother language? How does teacher do to convey the contents and meaning of the story which has a lot of difficulty, but must to teach knowledge language, especially vocabulary and speaking skills. We watched two video in Korea and Thailand about the lesson of reading story. I know that  two teachers were very good and I can’t do like them,but I have some new experiences in the future.

In my opinion, the main purpose of  the teacher is order to the story be more vivid and interesting. Fist, the teacher needs to prepare some helpful things such as some eye-catching images which are related to the story. Second, there are always many characters in the story and each character represents different characteristics with the particular situations. The teacher should have instructed  children act playing in the different characters or do it by herself. And then, after reading the story the teacher asks to children repeat the content and meaning of  it by their way, at the same time she must emphasize  the main objects of the lesson to children  effective practice.

I think that  the teacher must have an innate talent, she can tell story in an interesting way. But it’s too difficulty to do, if you love children and want to they be happy.

PELT the second day

Today is the second day I learn “Primary E language teaching”. Before register this course I was wavering .I think this subject is difficult and not interesting. But I think I was wrong after 2 days learned it. I like my teacher. He has good method, good voice. He makes the lesson is more interesting. Today he asks us “what is teacher’ role in class?“. In my opinion I think a primary teacher should

+ Explain to kids that they don’t understand

+ Make students many chances to communicate in English make them more confident

+Increase friendly environment

+Guide Student work in pair or in group.

+ Helps Students to develop their imagination

 In the last time we watched a video about an English lesson in America for children. I realized that their teaching method is very different our country.

– Firstly the teacher warm-up the lesson by a song. Then, link the spoken words to the picture using TPR teaching “does a little dance”

 – Spelling

– Moves on to production of writing

– Moves words instruction

A few Directions for PELT Research

PELT is a newly emerging area in ELT, so offers a lot of spaces for investigation and research. In 2000, Research into Teaching English to Young Learners consisting of 20 papers from two international conferences held in Hungary and Poland in the autumn of 1999 was published. It provides us a full understanding about issues in teaching English to young learns from macro to micro levels. Perhaps, I am more interested in what we can do next to fill in the gap of literature. Here are a few focuses we may want to work on. I just pick up two statements from researchers in the publication.

‘It is surprising that there is no study on how teachers’ proficiency, and especially pronunciation, influences young learners’ language development’ (p.39)

From my own observation in teaching children, the area which should be paid much attention to is pronunciation. Jayne Moon claims that children are sensitive to pronunciation. We do not know whether “the younger, the better” or not, but we can understand that the pronouncing organs are weak and growing in children, so it is easy to change and practice a new pattern. Interestingly, there are a few studies on how teachers’ English proficiency influences on students’ pronunciation as stated in the quote above. In addition, we need to examine the ways to teaching pronunciation to children. Many people insist on giving good models for them to learn subconsciously, but from my own experience, children are not shy when being correct. It is very important for teachers to learn how to shape their mouth when saying a certain sound in English. It gives children a model to start speaking correctly.

Absolutely no research has been found into how secondary schools build on existing L2 proficiency’ (p. 36)

to be continued….


J. Moon and M. Nikolov (eds.) .(2000). Research into Teaching English to Young Learners. University Press Pecs Hungary , 416pp., £15 from Blackwells’ Bookshop, University of Leeds ISBN 0963 641 5684




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