Teaching English to ESL young learners: the use of activity-based learning as a teaching strategy


  • Ritika Sinha


ESL, second language teaching, Activity-based learning, English language teaching


English is undoubtedly a global language and spoken widely throughout the world. The indispensability of learning English by non-native speakers of this language cannot be contested. The active exposure of an ESL (English as a second language) learner to language content during the early years of language acquisition by an English language teacher promotes the learning of a second or foreign language. The ESL programs designed for young learners, usually referring to school-aged kids less than 12 years, help
these non-native speakers of English to become comfortable with language use. This is demonstrated through reading comprehension, spoken fluency, and effective writing. The ESL teachers must focus on appropriate language teaching methodologies and strategies which can be effectively incorporated in teaching English as a second language for developing English language competency during early education. The use of practical examples and real-life situations to teach the English language at the primary level makes it usable to students and makes language learning enjoyable. Teaching the second language by incorporating role-plays,
songs and worksheets contribute to implicit learning. The use of props, photographs, illustrations, and other real-life contexts enhances acquisition and the students understand better by acting out and by keeping language input simple.




How to Cite

Ritika Sinha. (2023). Teaching English to ESL young learners: the use of activity-based learning as a teaching strategy. Elementary Education Online, 20(4), 1136–1140. Retrieved from https://ilkogretim-online.org/index.php/pub/article/view/5121