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Discover how very young children learn English as an additional language and how you can help them progress with English in Early Childhood - Language Learning and Development at FutureLearn

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Teaching English to children while they’re still learning their mother tongue is a challenging but rewarding prospect. In this online course, you’ll learn how and why children learn best through play. What can parents and practitioners do to enable children to get the most out of a learning experience?

 English in Early Childhood - Language Learning and Development at FutureLearn  for parents and practitioners will explore how young children learn English and investigate many more aspects of early childhood learning and development.

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British Council educators will share their insights and experiences, so that you can learn how to best talk to young children; how to create the best environment for them to learn English as an additional language; and how to monitor their progress.

Through articles, videos and live events you will hear from early childhood experts and parents, and see for yourself how young children learn inside the early years classroom. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • How children learn
  • Learning through play
  • How to talk to young children
  • Learning: English and everything
  • Feeling safe and happy

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  • Part-time
    • 36 days
    • 2 hrs/week

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Academic requirements

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English requirements

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General requirements

  • This course will be of interest to you if you are: a parent of young children who wishes to support their child learning an additional language; an English teacher or an early childhood practitioner; or someone who is interested in the area of child development and language acquisition.
  • If English is not your first language please be reassured that this course is suitable for those who have learnt English to around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR).


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