Emergent language

Learn how to make the most of emergent language in your classes.

Danny Norrington-Davies


10 hours



Price for members


About the course

On this course, you will learn about why it is important to work with emergent language and how you might do so. We will look at how you can create emergent language moments in class and how a teacher might respond to them.  You will also look at how you can develop your emergent language skills in the classroom.

But why is it important to work with emergent emergent language? The main rationale comes from the idea that helping learners with langauge at the moment they need it means that the new language is more likely to stick. Working with emergent language can give learners more space to say what they want to say in more creative or effective ways. 

Practical approach

We design our courses to provide you with practical activities for the classroom, based on solid theory and the latest research into language teaching and learning. 

Globally oriented

Like you, our teachers and trainers have worked all over the world and we encourage sharing of ideas, experiences and strategies to support your learners, wherever you work.

For your career

Whether you want to find inspiration, boost your career in your institution, or broaden your appeal, we are here to help you succeed in your professional goals.

Course Lessons

Danny Norrington-Davies

Danny is a teacher and teacher-trainer working at International House London. His interests in ELT are emergent language, grammar, materials design, and creativity. He enjoys speaking at conferences, and his first book, 'Teaching grammar: from rules to reasons’ was published by Pavilion in 2016. He is also the co-author of the book 'Working with Emergent Language: Ideas and activities for developing your reactive skills in class’. 
At IH London he works on CELTA and DELTA courses, as well as TT specials such as Materials Development, Current Trends and Practical Teacher. He is also a marker for CertPT.