English nursery rhymes in ELF classrooms
Agnieszka M. Turek, Friday 15.30-16.00

Children learn best when engaged in fun and repetitive activities (Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou & Pavlos Pavlou, 2003). The challenge for teachers resulting from the above statement is obvious. How to make repetitive activities fun and engaging? This presentation attempts to share ideas on why and how to deploy English nursery rhymes in young learners (YL) EFL classroom. It is recognised that EFL teachers worldwide may not be familiar with such rhymes. Thus a number of sources where those can be accessed is suggested. It is also discussed and demonstrated how nursery rhymes can be explored in order to prepare young learners to Cambridge YLE examinations at Starters, Movers and Flyers levels. All sources referred to are easily accessible and hardly any require the use of interactive whiteboards (IWBs).

I graduated from London Metropolitan University with a Masters degree in TEFL. Since then I have worked as a primary school teacher, foreign languages advisory teacher, director of studies in the UK and a lecturer at a teacher training college in Poland. I currently work as a senior teacher for British Council Poland. I am particularly interested in assessment of young learners.