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Young learners need to feel conﬁdent and supported as they learn a new
language. One of the ways to support young learners as they reach beyond their
comfort zone is to teach them strategies that will help them become independent
learners of English. These strategies are ways of learning and practicing the
language that will give young learners tools to help them feel empowered in their
Encourage students to:
1. Learn to Follow Models
Students do not start out as independent Ieamers. They need the teacher
to model the language or teach the vocabulary. Instructions should be as
clear and simple as possible. Activities also need to be shown for students
to know how to do them.
2. Ask Questions
Encourage students to be sure and ask questions when they do not
understand something. It is very important for students to feel comfortable
about showing they do not understand something and to get clarification
as this will only help their learning progress. Teach them that no question
is a “dumb” question.
3. Make Mistakes!
Encourage students by letting them know it's alright to make mistakes.
Teach them that they will learn from what they do “wrong, ” and that it is
part of the learning process! As students become comfortable making
mistakes and accept that this is normal, they can learn with less self-
consciousness and challenge themselves more. This is particularly
important when learning a language, because so much depends on oral
production and dialogues which will have to include “mistakes” in
pronunciation, word usage, and so on. The sooner students learn that
mistakes are a natural part of learning the faster they can progress!
4. Think, Think, and Think Again!
Students can get caught up in mindless repetition or rote practice without
really thinking about the meaning of the activities or language they are
using. Encourage students to really think about and discuss the context of
their language, why they are using it, and the meaning of it as much as
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