About the teacher training centre
Do you want an online professional development course, no matter where you are in the world?
We have courses for every stage of a teacher’s career, from soon after your initial qualification to DELTA level and management courses.
On our courses you can ‘attend’ whenever (and wherever!) is convenient for you. You don't usually have to attend a live chat or webinar at a specific time, although sometimes there are live "meetups" so you have the chance to chat with your tutor and other classmates.
To help you there is ongoing support from your tutors in online forums and through individual feedback - and you'll probably find your other course participants are really helpful as well.
The IH Certificate in Teaching Very Young Learners
If you are a qualified language teacher with experience of teaching adults or young learners age 6 or above, and would like to specialise in teaching younger children age 3 to 5, this course is for you.
The aim of this course is to give you the specific skills and tools required to teach Very Young Learners.
There are 10 sessions in this course which will cover the following topics:
- What are Very Young Learners (VYLs)
- The Very Young Learner (VYL) teacher
- Managing young children in the classroom
- Coursebooks and materials
- Materials development
- Lesson planning
- Story telling for children
- Games and songs for children
- Music and chants for children
- Early literacy and learning
A final assessment is based on a portfolio of tasks.
The duration of the course is 10 weeks.
Good news! If you work in an International House school you will receive a discount, reducing the fee to just £260.
Unfortunately, for both business and individuals located in the UK we have to add 20% VAT. This means you will pay £540, or £312 if you are IH staff.
If you are not based in the UK, you won't be charged this.
IH VYL student testimonials
It is an extremely useful tool for VYL classes. It gives a solid foundation for VYL teaching with lots of excellent activities and ideas for VYL teachers. Elaine Alexander
It provides both useful background knowledge and practical tips for teaching VYLs. Becky Webb
It not only provides valuable materials, but it also makes us reflect on our own teaching practice. Pilar Martinez
Tutors at this training centre
He is convinced that this is real blessing to have this job as it gives he fantastic chances to meet great professionals all over the world. He regularly takes part in conferences and workshops on teaching techniques and approaches in his country and abroad. He is also a singer at a Ukrainian folk group.
Ultimately, his professional goal is to work towards bridging the gap between academics and ELT practitioners in order to meaningfully and positively impact language teaching and learning.
His professional interests are integrating technology in English language teaching and deepening his knowledge and expertise in the EAP sector. When he is not working, he enjoys tennis, rugby, swimming, the cinema and tasting good food and wine on his travels.
Emma has been tutoring on the IH COLT since 2014 and never ceases to be intrigued by the developments in both online teaching and learning.
In what feels like another life, she studied drama and literature at university before finding her passion in teaching. She successfully completed the DELTA in 2005 and is a believer in Lifelong Learning and continual goal setting - a healthy sense of curiosity and adventure can go a long way!
When he gets the chance he enjoys a good walk in the hills and looking after his rooftop vegetable garden and learning from his teenage children.
Paula de Nagy
In his free time, he loves travel, cooking and reading.