Teacher training course

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IHCYLT - IH Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers

The course’s main objective is to introduce trainees to, and help them (re)evaluate and (re)consider the main principles involved in teaching Young Learners English. The course is not designed with one particular age group in mind. Input sessions cover the complete range of young learners (from 3 - 16 years). The course is validated, and syllabus and assessment criteria are fixed by the International House World Organisation.

Most people complete an initial teacher training course, such as CELTA, and with this, go off and teach in numerous teaching environments. However, more and more of these teaching positions require people to teach younger learners.

The teaching of English as a foreign language to young learners is growing rapidly around the world and there are already certain areas where this is the predominate share of the market (for example, Spain and Japan). Unfortunately a large number of these schools are still new to the area which means support and back up can be limited.

As a teacher of young learners you have an extra responsibility as the way you teach and the learning environment you create have an effect on the way the children will learn and view language learning for the rest of their lives.

Therefore, it seems only fair on them and in the long run on you, to be as prepared as possible to teach them. You should be able to provide the best possible learning experience for them to ensure they develop an enthusiasm and interest in the language that will stay with them far beyond your few classes with them.

Knowing what young learners of different ages are like, what they need and how best to approach teaching them, along with a whole host of practical ideas will certainly make your job an easier and less daunting one.

Course content

Input sessions

20 sessions of approximately one hour and 30 minutes each, amounting to 30 hours of input time. These sessions can be run over a period of 10 consecutive days (full-time, intensive format) or over a period of 10 weeks (part-time, extensive format).

A selection of the topics covered:

  • Child Development
  • Planning for Young Learners
  • Different approaches to the teaching of Young Learners
  • Teaching Very Young Learners
  • Teaching Adolescents
  • Testing & Assessment

Teaching practice

Each participant will be observed teaching Young Learner classes by an approved tutor for a minimum of 3 hours. These classes may be the teacher’s own classes or special Teaching Practice classes created for the course. There will be a minimum of 60 minutes tutorial time (pre-lesson guidance and post-lesson feedback) given for each hour of teaching.

Observation of experienced teachers

Each participant will observe experienced teachers of Young Learners teaching for a minimum of 2 hours. For each of the hours of observation, participants must complete an assigned observation task.

Peer Observations

Participants are also required to do a further 4 hours of peer observation.


Each participant will be given a minimum of two tutorials of approximately 30 minutes each – these will involve the discussion of observation tasks and trainees’ general progression up to that point of the cour

Written work

Each participant will need to complete two written assignments. These will be set and submitted during the course. In addition, there will be portfolio tasks set after some input sessions.

Minimum requirements for course participants:

  • be competent English speakers;
  • at least 18 years old;
  • have had some initial training and/or experience in teaching;
  • display an interest in the teaching of Young Learners.

Our selection procedure is as follows:

1. Complete and send the application form (e-mail Nick Kiley to receive it).

2. We will acknowledge receipt of your application within four business days.

3. Within one week you will be contacted with the result of your application.

            This could be in one of three forms:
                  • You are invited to a selection interview or a telephone interview; or
                  • We request additional information before your application can be taken further; or
                  • Your application is turned down. If your application is accepted, you will be interviewed, and
                     informed at the end of the interview as to whether or not you are to be offered a place.