Yeski Putri Utami


Young learners are terms for children age 4-6 years old. Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) mean to prepare them to join primary or secondary school. The purpose of TEYL improving students’ soft skills such as good manners, common sense, empathy, and the ability to be cooperative with the teacher and friends in target language. In this point, a good teacher should provide creative and consistent classroom activities in order to produce smart, independent and discipline students. There are few things that we need to consider in Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL); (1) is earlier really better? (2) Characteristic of young learners, (3) How children learn, and (4) Language learning environment. The biggest problem that teachers usually face are the characteristics of young learners such as loud, hyper, can’t sit still, too talkative, easily distractive, fun, social, curious, energetic and spontaneous. Smart young learners are easily bored if there is no challenge in the materials or the activities in the class are not fun enough for them. One of the best solutions to solve the problem as well as create smart, independent and discipline students that have been used in TEYL is managing classroom rules. The rules are (1) listen to the teacher, (2) sit down in your chair, (3) Speak English, and (4) be nice. Using classroom rules have been very useful in improving soft skills in TEYL.


Soft Skills, Classroom Management

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