Teaching Young Learners blended course

There is an equal if not greater demand for teaching young learners compared to adult classes in Barcelona. As a new teacher you will come across countless offers of classes with kids and teens – make yourself more employable and give yourself an edge in job interviews with our Teaching Young Learners extension course.

The demands of a YL class compared to an adult class are very different and require a different skill set. If you have little experience in working with kids, would like to access more teaching opportunities and want to feel confident in your new position you’ll benefit enormously from our extension course.

Key features

  • Blended learning: 30 hours online + 20 hours practical
  • Real practice teaching young learners
  • Observation of experienced teachers
  • Lesson planning guidance
  • Experience with a range of ages: 5 – 16 years old

Who is the course for?

Anyone who will be teaching young learners and would like specialised training. To participate in the course you must have completed either:

  • the 160-hour Trinity CertTESOL course
  • Any other introductory course which has teaching practice (TEFL, CELTA)

Why should I do this course?

  • You’ll feel more confident when dealing with young learners
  • You’ll broaden your employment opportunities
  • You’ll develop the skills necessary to work with young learners

When is the course?

2018 practical course dates:

  • July 2nd – 5th
  • September 24th – 27th
  • October 22nd – 25th
  • November 19th – 22nd

The online part can be started whenever you like, but you must complete 20% of it before you start the practical component. If you are coming to Barcelona to study the Trinity CertTESOL with TEFL Iberia, we recommend that you start the 30-hour online component before the Trinity CertTESOL course, then you can complete it alongside the practical component afterwards.

What is the course format?

Online component: study at home at your own pace.

Practical component: takes place at our partner school, Red Bus English in Premià de Mar.

Practical timetable:

12.30 – 13.30 – Primary class observation
13.30 – 15.00 – Lunch
15.00 – 16.00 – Lesson preparation
16.00 – 20.00 – Observation, teaching practice and feedback

Practical classes run from Monday – Thursday.

How do I apply?

If you are also applying for the Trinity CertTESOL course you can apply simply by ticking the appropriate box on the course application form. Alternatively you can contact carley@tefl-iberia.com with your name, date of birth and intended course dates.

Course content

Topics covered

Unit 1

Introduction to teaching young learners

  • Characteristics of a young learner
  • Differences between adult and young learners
  • Working with 5-7 and 8-10 year olds

Unit 2

Child development and teaching young learners

  • Different types of development
  • Language acquisition
  • Behaviour management
  • Planning your lessons

Unit 3

Practical activities for young learners

  • Optimal conditions for young learners
  • Choosing the right activities
  • Theme-based lessons and ideas
  • Stories, games, quizzes, songs

Unit 4

Using the internet with young learners

  • Things to consider
  • Online resources and activities
  • Internet safety for young learners

Unit 5

Teaching very young learners

  • Moving into early years teaching
  • Different stages of development
  • Managing very young learners