About this course

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).

Entry requirements

Participants must:

  • 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.

Where is this course taught?

Calendar and fees

Course dates 2017–18

  Dates Days/Times
1 9 October–29 November 2017 Monday & Wednesday,
2 22 January–14 March 2018 Monday & Wednesday,
3 16 April–4 June 2018 Monday & Wednesday,


  • €595

A deposit of €300 is payable on registration.

How to register

For further information and to register, please contact Claire Steele, Academic Manager Teacher Development, by email at Claire.Steele@britishcouncil.gr or by phone on 210 369 2339.

Conditions of payment

  • Fees can be paid in cash, by credit card or cheque.
  • Fees must be paid at the time of registration.
  • Refunds are not available.

General conditions

  • We reserve the right not to open a class with fewer than 12 students.
  • Normally the maximum number of students in a class will not exceed 14.