Upskill your Learners: genuine skills development for Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers – with David Valente
There is an extensive range of materials available nowadays for preparing children to take the Cambridge Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers exams. However, in reality, how much of this material is thinly-disguised exam practice, based heavily on exercises to emulate exam task types? How can you as a YL exams teacher retain a focus on age-appropriate pedagogy, anchor your English lessons in the child’s world and provide plenty of enjoyable learning experiences? David will address these questions by sharing engaging, carefully scaffolded techniques and activities to develop children’s language (and other) skills and to equip them with useful strategies for exam success.
David Valente is the Coordinator of the IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group. He works as a PhD Research Fellow in English Language and Literature Subject Pedagogy at Nord University, Norway, where he also teaches on the five-year master’s degree in primary English education.
David has over 20 years' experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher educator, academic manager, author and editor and his specialist interests include children's literature in ELT, primary and secondary teacher education and inclusive classroom practices.
David's publications comprise a recent chapter on syllabus developments in primary ELT for The Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners. He is also Reviews Editor for the Children's Literature in English Language Education (CLELE) Journal, a peer-reviewed online journal for those involved in using and researching children’s literature in English learning as a second, additional or foreign language. David is also an author of the new Cambridge course Fun Skills.
David Valente is the Coordinator of the IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group. He works as a PhD Research Fellow in English Language and Literature Subject Pedagogy at Nord University, Norway, where he teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the Teacher Education Unit.
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