Im a BA TEFL student and I'm writing a piece of coursework on young learners. Im struggling on conducting a needs analysis for this group in preparation to design a course for young learners. Im struggling on the principal considerations and choices involved in course design for such a young age group...Im finding the communicative assessment procedures hard to come by e.g. assessing the group during exams, monotoring their progress. When planning a coursebook, what should I focus on more for young learners? I guess its easy to open a book and teach young learners, but im really struggling on the content I would focus on that could help them improve their English in a fun but interesting way. Any ideas?
I would really appreciate anyones feedback especially if you have taught younger learners, what do you find valuable in a coursebook?
There is a little bit of feedback on your question here.
Among the key points to consider are:
-the topics teenagers like more
-interactive activities throgh which they can share their ideas
-short lesson which they can finish soon(to give them the sense of achievement, the feeling which is the sweetest ever for a teenage student)
-variety of activities(if activities are a part of "class routine", they soon loose their motivation.)
-they need to have real "information gap" to do the task willingly.