Licenciatura en la Enseñanza del Inglés: Teaching Children


Level: Higher Education

Discipline: Initial English Language Teacher Education.

Subject: Teaching Children 

Author: Leticia Estudillo León.

Dear student-teachers welcome to this webquest about teaching a L2 to young learners! 

Look at the following L2 acquisition principles by Krashen et al (1982) when planning activities for young children. 

  • Meaningful and interesting input. 

  • Exposition to natural language as much as possible. 

  • Contextualize students' language, age, home, town, culture, family, among others. 

Additionally, Key learnings  and competencies by SEP will be of importance when you decide which activities are useful for teaching children according to the curriculum. 

The competency approach and key learnings are the bases to plan any activity in the English class. Plans and programs look for the development of competencies to study, live and learn outside the school and in consequence what students learn will be useful for living successfully in our current society (SEP, 2017).

A competency is the mobilization of knowledge in the face of particular circumstances demonstrated in action; for example, communicative competence is manifested when speaking or writing and motor competence when moving (SEP, 2017).

Key learnings are divided into:

  • Family and community
  • Ludic and literary
  • Academic and formation

More extensive information is found on the links included in the task.





The purpose of this task is to guide you to select the most suitable activities for teaching young learners according to the principles of L2 acquisition and the curriculum by SEP.

Do your best and enjoy the jouney!

For this task adapt or adopt or create an activity for 5-6 year old children. Watch the following videos and revise the information about key learnings and competencies by SEP.


Once you have watched the videos or consulted other resources on the internet, select one activity, you can adopt, adapt or create it. 

Now, by using the lesson plan format, we have agreed to use complete the next: 

1. The purpose of the activity. 

2. The key learnings (SEP) that this activity contributes to.  

3. The process step by step that should be carried out during the development of the activity in your classroom with your students, here include the time for each one of the steps, the setup of the students and the classroom, type of interaction and materials.  

4. Finally, explain how this activity fits the principles of teaching young learners  a L2 in the classroom.  

Next week,  post your task on the platform for comments and feedback. 


Selecting  activities for young children

Professor : Mrs. Leticia estudillo León 



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Activity according to the key learnings (SEP) & Language acquistion characteristics. 

Not matching between the activity and the key learning & Language acquistion characteristics. 

The selection of the activity was made without key learnings nor Language acquisition bases. 

Planning of the activity. The plan is complete with the info required.  There are some of the spaces on the lesson plan that were not complete.   Another format was used and it is not accomplishing the requirements of the format agreed. 
Evidence of teaching-learning knowledge and  skills.  The explanation on how this activity fits the principles of language acquisition and key learnings is clear.  The explanation on how this activity fits the principles of language acquisition and key learnings is partially explained.   There is no explanation. 
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Hope you have enjoyed this journey through being immerse in the children's world and by collecting activities that will be useful for your real classes! 

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