Young Learner


My friend asked me,

Friend : “Ji, what is the maximum age can we categorize as young learner?”

me :”well, I’m not so sure. let me check to uncle Google”

So I browsed and found that, according to University of Cambridge of ESOL examination;

“”Young Learners defines a young learner as a child
who is in their first six years of formal education, from the age
of 6 to 12.  The reason for this choice is that the lower limit of
6 roughly corresponds to the start of formal schooling in many
countries, while the upper age of 12 approximates to a time
when many children have begun to experience significant
cognitive and emotional changes. This definition is also
broadly in line with Cambridge ESOL’s own definition of 7-12.” 

From the proposal above, I can conclude that the range of young learner is 6/7 – 12 years old. If it is substituted to our grade of school, it would be at 1st to 6th Elementary. It is true that at that age, students usually still in the same cognitive and emotional condition. When they grown up, they will start to change their point of view based on their maturity.

However there are still detail explanation about this that published by British council given below. From this proposal we can see that British Council give their own terms for young learners based on their ages. they also conclude the young adults in it. So, it would be understandable if people, sometimes, still mention youngster around 16 -18 years old as young learners, especially for ESL. See you

British Council Group   Age Group  Approximate ages 
Very Young Learners Preparation 5-6
Juniors Prime 7-11
Seniors College 12-15
Young Adults        – 16-18

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