Our 48-hour TEFL Young Learners (YL) Extension Course is designed to equip teachers of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) with a range of additional skills and techniques essential in the teaching of English to learners aged 6 to 15. It is ideal for teachers who have the CELTA qualification and/or who teach in a young learner context but lack formal training.
The course will cover the following areas:
- teaching the main phonological, lexical and syntactic features of contemporary English to young learners, taking into account age and level appropriacy
- appropriately and creatively transferring and adapting existing knowledge and skills for teaching adults to the teaching of young learners
- the learning needs and motivation of individual young learners/groups of young learners in a variety of contexts, with special reference to current theories of children’s general and linguistic development
- establishing rapport, and creating and maintaining young learners’ interest
- managing and stimulating active participation in a class of young learners, and providing a relevant learning context and opportunities in relation to learning objectives
- evaluating, using and adapting published material – which may include visual aids, audio, video and information communication technology – as well as creating simple teaching material, as appropriate to young learners
- the main advantages and disadvantages of various language teaching approaches, with special reference to young learners.
On completion of the course, participants will receive a British Council certificate.
How will I be assessed?
There is no formal exam, but you will be assessed on:
- your participation and professionalism throughout the course
- a final reflective written assignment (700–1,000 words).
- have a good awareness of language and an advanced competence in both written and spoken English (C1+ level)
- ideally be practising young learner teachers with their own class(es)
- be successful in an interview.