INTERNATIONAL HOUSE Certificate in Teaching Younger Learners and Teenagers

Course Objectives

The objective of the course is to introduce course participants (CPs) to the principles involved in teaching Young Learners (YLs) and to help CPs consider, evaluate and develop their own teaching skills in this area.

In the case of IH teachers, CPs will already have had some form of pre-service training in the teaching of ELT to adults (e.g. IHC/ CELTA).

One of the main aims of the course is to present the content of the sessions using processes which could be suitable to be adapted to use with VYLs, YLs and Teenagers. Activities for various skills are incorporated into the course. When this happens CPs will be provided with an opportunity to discuss how the activity could be adapted to suit different ages/levels and linguistic focus.

Another objective of the IH CYLT is to provide opportunities for course participants to implement acquired knowledge from the input sessions. This is achieved by monitoring their progress in the classroom during the Teaching Practice lessons (TP). There are a minimum of four TP lessons which are observed by an approved IH CYLT tutor. These should be spread evenly throughout the course and be conducted at 2 different age groups and levels. The course constantly encourages reflection and evaluation as a method to develop further and this is particularly evident after CPs have been observed teaching.

The course is produced and standardised by International House World Organisation (IHWO) and moderated and assessed by both the IHWO Assessment Unit and Cambridge English Language Assessment. Successful participants will be issued with an IHWO certificate with the Cambridge English Language Assessment logo on it and the words ‘Moderated by Cambridge English Language Assessment’. It is hoped that IH CYLT will contribute to the improvement of the overall quality of teaching Young Learners in all affiliated schools and in the EFL industry at large.

Who is the IH CYLT for?

The old IHCYL was intended primarily for CELTA (or equivalent) qualified teachers with some experience of teaching adults who wished to transfer their skills to teaching YLs (aged 2-16). Rather than comparing adult learners to YLs the new IH CYLT now looks at how teachers can maximise their classroom time to help YLs acquire English. This means that the course is now available to non-CELTA teachers as well as CELTA qualified teachers. Course Participants tend to be experienced YL teachers who would like further training and an opportunity to reflect on this area or qualified language teachers who find themselves needing to teach YLs.

IH CYLT Course Overview


Dates and deadlines IHCYLT:

  • August 7-18, 2017
    * Date can be changed