Fiona Copland

Fiona Copland is Professor of TESOL and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling, Scotland. She has taught English to children and adults in Nigeria, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK and has been involved in teacher education for TESOL for many years. Fiona's research interests are in teaching English to young learners, teacher education, linguistic ethnography, and language policy.

Teaching English to Young Learners:
six challenges in search of solutions

Högre seminarium med Fiona Copland.


English is being introduced globally to children at increasingly lower ages in state and private schools. Recent research has identified a number of key challenges that teachers face in the young learner classroom as a result of these new policy directives (Copland et al. 2014).

This presentation will introduce 6 of these challenges and, drawing on chapters from The Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners (Garton and Copland, 2018), it will suggest some tentative solutions. The audience will be asked to engage with the presentation and their views will be welcomed.