Review: The Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners

This review of The Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners by S Garton & F Copland (Eds) first appeared in IATEFL Voices Issue 276.

This handbook provides an overview of teaching English to young learners across a wide variety of international contexts. The editors state that this 540-page volume outlines the key issues in young learner teaching and offers a ‘plausible research agenda moving forward’. It achieves this for the most part, although there will inevitably be gaps given the scope of the book.

The handbook is divided into six parts. It begins by framing ‘macro issues’ in the teaching of young learners, which include language policy and planning, debates about a critical period for language learning, and teacher education. The volume then moves on to issues in the context of the YL classroom, notably classroom management, translanguaging and differentiation. All of these are covered in detail, and the suggestions for further reading (as in every chapter) are a good inclusion.

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