IH Online Course in Teaching YLs & Teens

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As the demand for EFL teachers for Young Learners and Teenagers increases, most teachers will be required to teach this age group of students aged 6 to 17 at some point in their career. The course will equip you with the core skills to excel in teaching young learners and teens, as well as giving you many valuable practical ideas, including materials and correction techniques.

This course takes into account current world events and the demands of teachers who need to work online, so you will learn skills for virtual as well as face-to-face teaching. The course, which is moderated by Cambridge Assessment English, is entirely online and is offered by the IH Online Teacher Training Institute (IH OTTI).


The full course price is £375, and if you will be taking this course in the UK, or your employer is a UK based company, there will be 20% VAT to pay ontop. 

The good news is there is a discount of 10% if you have completed an OTTI course in the last 12 months, and there is a special price of £300 for teachers working in an IH school. Just let us know on the application form if you would like to claim these discounts. 

Who is the IH Online Course in Teaching Young Learners & Teenagers designed for?

This course is for both newly qualified and experience teachers who want to get qualified in teaching Young Learners and Teens. If you don’t have an opportunity for in-house training, a local trainer, or are not able to observe YL classes, this course is for you.

If you are already teaching this age group (6-to-17 year olds) but would like to expand your skillset, gain classroom ideas and activities, or just want to be a more effective teacher, this course will get you up to speed to inspire and motivate Young Learners and Teenagers more effectively.

This course is moderated by Cambridge Assessment English. Your certificate will include the Cambridge logo, adding value to your qualification. 

Cambridge Assessment English



Content of the IH Online Course in Teaching Young Learners & Teenagers

There are 7 sessions in this course, plus a final assignment, which will cover the following topics:

  1. An introduction to YLs and how they learn
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Materials/Practising language/Correction techniques
  4. Clarification of new language
  5. Speaking & Listening
  6. Reading & Writing
  7. Focus on the Learner
  8. Final Assignment

Modules will also include online video observations of real Young Learner classrooms.

There will also be some optional live, synchronous sessions that you will be able to join during the course. The times and dates for the sessions will be decided once the course is up and running. However they are planned as such:

  • Session 1: Getting started with online YL (to take place following module two)
  • Session 2: Teaching language-focused lessons online
  • Session 3: Teaching skills lesson online
  • Session 4: A Q&A session and some practical tips

For those that can’t make the session live, access to a recording will be made available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time do I need to devote to studying? We recommend about 5-7 hours each week reading, completing tasks, and joining in the discussion forums. 

Are there live sessions? No. This course is asynchronous meaning you can access materials and discussion forums whenever it suits you. 

Do I have to be teaching a young learner class now? No. But if you can try out the techniques you are learning you’ll find it helpful. 

Do I have to read other books? No. We provide all the materials and links that you need. 

Can I join after the start date? Sorry, no. Your whole group learns together to discusses themes and topics, so you need to be there from the start.

How many people will be in my group? Usually between 8 and 12.

Will I get a certificate? Yes. See below!


Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you should have some experience of teaching English to adults or younger learners. You do not need to have taught students aged 6-to-17 previously.

Please note that your level of English should be C1 or above.

Please note online applications close on the Wednesday before the course starts. But we sometimes have late availability, so please get in touch with the admissions team on ihotti@ihworld.com and we will see if there are any last minute spaces. 


There are seven weeks of tutor led input on this course. After this you will have two weeks to complete and submit your portfolio of work ready for assessment. 

Your time commitment

The time commitment will vary depending on the individual, but as a minimum this should be 5-to-7 hours per week. Study hours are flexible, but some tasks require group input and have set deadlines. The more time you dedicate to the course, the more you’ll get out of it.

Your tutors

There will be at least two tutors per course, depending on the size of the group. The course tutors are all current teachers with many years of Young Learner and Teenager experience.

Meet our IH OTTI tutors here

Your fellow course participants and online community

The number of course participants will be at least eight (that is our minimum), but is usually between twelve and eighteen. 

The online community that you create is usually one of the most valued parts of the course. With your peers you can share best practice, exchange ideas, and discuss teaching experiences with other teachers from all over the world. This course is not purely about self study all on your own - it's about making the most from these conversations and learning from each other as well as from the course material and your tutors.

Participants have commented that the discussion forums are almost like having a ‘mentor on tap’; a mentor that has experience of a variety of different contexts, different language learners and managing teachers from different countries. 


Each of the 7 modules are assessed by the course tutors. The final assignment will require you to reflect on what you have learnt during the course. This assignment, along with the weekly tasks, makes up the portfolio of work that will be submitted to the IHWO Assessment Unit and then Cambridge Assessment English for external moderation and grading. The final grade is a Pass or Fail.

Your verified digital certificate

On successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate. This is stored securely on a verified site, so everybody can be confident that it is authentic and real.

It will look like the image below. Because it is additionally moderated by Cambridge Assessment English it carries a Cambridge logo to acknowledge this. 

Digital Certificate Cambridge

You can share this with a prospective employer, client, or anybody else that you choose.

A digital certificate is more safe and secure for you than paper – it won’t get lost in the post, it won’t get damaged over time, and won’t get lost. It is always available, you can share in just one click, or you can print as many copies as you like whenever you would like. And, it’s better for the environment. Reducing paper, ink, and delivery means a lower carbon footprint.

Click here for a short video about verified digital certificates.


The IH OCTLY (Online Course in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers) Course is delivered by IH OTTI (the IH Online Teacher Training Institute). IH OTTI courses are accredited by AQUEDUTO, the Association for Quality Education and Training Online. This is a charitable organisation dedicated to evaluating blended and online training courses against a quality assurance framework. Aqueduto accreditation helps language teaching professionals identify high quality course providers and enrol with confidence.


More 100% online, part time, courses

Find other specialist courses which can boost your TEFL career from the IH Online Teacher Training Institute (IH OTTI).

Whichever course you take you’ll have a dedicated tutor to guide and support you and a group of peers to have discussions and share ideas with, so you'll feel part of an online community.

And all courses are online and asynchronous so you can access the information whenever it suits you.