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Language Acquisition Theories and Practice


First and Second Language Development in Children

This course aims to equip teachers with the ability to:


  • • Understand how individual differences influence a child’s language learning
  • • Apply language acquisition theories to support a child’s language acquisition and learning

This class will explore the similarities and differences between children learning a first language and a second language.

We will also identify factors which help or hinder the language development process in young learners (such as emotions, attitudes, and individual learning differences). Students in this class will also apply the ideas and principles we are learning

to the teaching of their own lessons.



Reflecting on Language Teaching Methods

This course aims to equip teachers with the ability to:


  • • Use practical teaching techniques and methods to teach young children, including total physical response,   using authentic video, drama, and both task-based and content-based language teaching
  • • Apply language acquisition theories to support a child’s language acquisition and learning


At the same time, students will reflect on their own experiences as learners and teachers, as well as the extensive professional research that has been done in the field of first and second language acquisition. 

Approaches to Teaching Young Learners

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

After finishing this course, you will be able to:

  • • Understand young learner's strengths and weaknesses according to three areas of development.
  • • Observe children and adapt lessons to promote children’s development

Higher Order Thinking, Memory, and Creativity

After finishing this course, you will be able to:

  • • Help children develop creativity and problem solving skills
  • • Use and teach language learning strategies

In this course, current and future teachers are also provided with the framework necessary to understand how children at different ages develop conceptual knowledge. This framework provides the basis for understanding what learners of different ages are capable of and willing to do in English as well as other subject areas.

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

After finishing this course, you will be able to:

  • • Modify activities to match the three different ways that children prefer to learn
  • • Identify each child’s different intelligences and encourage their development


Excellent teachers provide a classroom environment that recognizes their students ability to learn and think in different ways. This course will help you to identify how individual students prefer to learn new content.

Curriculum Design and Lesson Planning

 Planning Creative Language Lessons

This course aims to equip teachers with the ability to:

  • • Use a clear, efficient process for planning excellent lessons
  • • Create successful and meaningful English classes for young learners of any age


In this course, we will look at several different models for planning language lessons for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years old. Teachers will have an opportunity to research the abilities of the different age groups so that they help each child reach their potential. As a result of this course, current and future teachers will have attained the skills required to deliver exciting child-centered lessons. As a result, you will be able to:

 Use Songs, Games, and Child-Appropriate Activities

This course aims to equip teachers with the ability to :


  • • Choose and use activities, songs, and games that encourage student participation
  • • Develop and use materials that actively engage learners

This course also provides current and future teachers with opportunities to become familiar with the various English Language Teaching (ELT) curricular materials and methods that are available for use with kindergarten and elementary school students. These techniques include cognitively challenging activities and tasks that require learners to use higher-order thinking skills which enhance children s overall conceptual development. Activities that promote the overall development of children are presented including songs, chants, storybook reading and storytelling, drama-based activities, and games.

 Assess Language Development

This course aims to equip teachers with the ability to:


  • • Develop lessons that fit the needs learners of any language level
  • • Use and create rubrics that help you guide students language development


English language teachers often teach groups of students with a wide range of language skills. This makes helping individual children to reach their full potential a challenging task. This course will provide models for using rubrics, record keeping, and a wide variety of other language assessment tools. Current and future teachers develop the techniques necessary to adjust ELT materials to match learners’ cognitive and linguistic levels.

Literacy Development
Creating a lifelong love of reading and literature is an essential part of learning any language. This course gives students a solid foundation in the area of teaching reading based both on theories of literacy and practical application of those theories. As readers, students must acquire and perfect several essential skills. A teacher of reading must be knowledgeable of these in order to teach students effectively. This course will talk about the different stages of learning in the development of a proficient reader and explore ways to teach and assess each of them.
In Literacy Development, you will learn about:
• Phonemic awareness
• Phonics
• Decoding
• Word recognition
• Vocabulary building
• Fluency
• Reading comprehension
• Assessment
• Guided reading
• Literacy centers
• Story time and the benefits of reading aloud
• Analyzing storybooks to determine their effectiveness in an EFL class
This class will model different techniques and activities for creating reading lessons that are effective for a range of ability levels. This course presents student-centered teaching models will be used to create engaging, practical reading lessons for use in the classroom as well as ways to encourage reading out of the classro

Classroom Management and Application

Creating a Classroom of Kindness

Building community in the classroom, making students feel welcome, preparing a safe and positive learning environment – these are all key aims of Classroom Management, which seeks to familiarize teachers with the principles and practices necessary to establish a positive community of learners within the classroom.

This course is designed to give kindergarten and elementary school teachers the skills needed to create a comfortable, positive, and friendly learning environment for groups of young learners. Theoretical concepts and applications are introduced, as are the components of creating a support system for effective instruction: proactive behavior management, models of discipline, implementing effective teaching practices, and procedures for working with learners' families.

Teaching Good Behavior

The course component on proactive behavior management covers practical ways that teachers can set up their classrooms to encourage students to manage their own behavior by providing clear expectations. This includes having clear classroom rules, practiced routines and a learning environment where students feel belonging and that is supportive of learning.

Dealing with Problematic Behavior

In the module on models of discipline, trainees will explore the causes of behavior problems and how to address these problems once they have occurred. Teachers will be able to adapt a number of techniques to manage a variety of problematic behaviors ranging from minor behaviors to ongoing problematic behaviors. We will also explore the use of active listening techniques toward not only our management practices, but our instructional practices as well. Using these techniques allow teachers to create a successful and supportive atmosphere for learning.

Implementing Effective Teaching

Cooperative learning, learning centers, interactive bulletin boards, as well as various co-teaching approaches are explored as ways to implement effective teaching. Exciting lessons can be implemented for any age or language level and can help young learners develop important social and interpersonal skills along with academic skills and habits. With these activities and techniques, teachers can deliver interesting lessons that will challenge students and encourage them to use English more naturally.

Building a Positive Partnership with Parents

Finally, families play an important role in their children s education. In class, the educational relationship among teachers, students, and families is discussed. Practical means of communicating with parents will be explored including letters to parents, invitations, monthly student evaluations, and face-to-face meetings. In addition, creative ideas for getting parents involved and enthusiastic about their childs education are provided


Classroom English and Practice

Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing Activities

This course allows kindergarten and elementary school teachers to practice and develop the skills necessary to teach entirely in English and to create a supportive educational environment. The syllabus for this class is based on the types of communicative activities young learners need to develop within four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course provides teachers with the English needed to deliver effective instruction in each area as well as numerous ready-to-use activity ideas for actual lessons.

Improving Pronunciation

In this module, teachers learn and develop techniques for improving their own English pronunciation so they can provide a strong model of English language use in the classroom. Students will also record their own speaking in voice assignments that the professor will evaluate to help them further improve their spoken English.

Model and evaluate teacher demonstrations

Along with focused instruction and personal support, students will observe sample activity demonstrations to reinforce excellent models of using English in a young learner s classroom. Each student will also have several opportunities to teach an activity of their own creation to the class and receive feedback on their teaching performance from their peers and professor.

YL-TESOL Practicum


Community Volunteer Teaching Project (☞ more information click!)


The Community Volunteer Teaching Project provides an opportunity for our YL-TESOL students to provide quality English language education to young learners who would not have access to it otherwise. The program is an excellent opportunity to practice what they are learning each week in the YL-TESOL program by instructing real young learners.



  • • YL-TESOL Certificate
  • • Reading Specialist Certificate (for students who receive over B+ (3.3) in Literacy Development)
  • • Transferable credits toward Sookmyung TESOL MA or collaborating universities abroad
  • • Numerous special lectures and workshops given by outside experts throughout the semester
  • • Practicum opportunities (community centers, after-school programs, winter/summer camps)
  • • Consulting for job placement and studying abroad
  • • Free access to workshops, seminars, and lectures


교과서 표
Course Title of the book Author/Publisher Image

Child Development and Teaching




Language Acquisition
Theories & Practice


Design and Lesson Planning

「English for Primary
Teachers with Audio CD」
Mary Slattery, Jane
Willis/ Oxford
University Press










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