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Young Learners

Position Paper on Language and Literacy Development for Young English Language Learners (March 2010; PDF) 
In this position statement, TESOL makes six key recommendations regarding language and literacy development for young learners. The statement was first approved by the Board of Directors in October 2001, and revised in March 2010.

Position Statement on Teaching English as a Foreign or Additional Language to Young Learners (October 2009; PDF) 
Although research has suggested that age may have an effect as to the way a language is learned, age alone does not determine success in learning a foreign language. As various sociocultural contexts, government policies, and historical language practices will all impact the success or failure of a language instructional program, there is no single best way to implement an English as a foreign or additional language (EFL/EAL) program for young learners.