Teaching Younger Learners
What is the Teaching Younger Learners course?
The Teaching Young Learners Extension Course (TYLE) covers key areas of methodology alongside practical applications and will leave you with an extensive range of ideas and activities to use in the classroom. You will finish the course with the confidence you need to embark on or continue your teaching career with young learners.
About the course
The Teaching Young Learners Extension Course will suit teachers who:
have completed a Trinity Certificate in TESOL Course or equivalent and/or a Trinity Diploma or equivalent
are looking for a teacher development course which gives the more specific skills and in-depth knowledge necessary for teaching English to young learners
need a boost of confidence before starting to teach young learners for the first time
working with different age groups
classroom management and discipline issues
effective lesson planning
using coursebooks and other published material
affect, self-esteem and motivation
teaching grammar and vocabulary
using music and songs, video, DVD and multi-media
games and movement in the classroom
arts and crafts
English and the first language
drama, role-play and story telling
ideas for the first day
The TYLE course - your questions
We originally developed this course for our CertTESOL trainees as those staying in Spain after graduating often found their timetables filled with YL classes.
However, over the years we've opened the course to all teachers and those who have previous experience working with younger learners have also picked up new tips and taken away lots of practical ideas to use in their classes.
The course is divided into 10 modules for you to work through at your own pace over the three weeks. Five will be available in the first week, looking at very young learners and primary-aged learners.
In the second week, the rest of the content will become available, looking at working with adolescents and also with sessions on CLIL (content-language integrated learning) and exam preparation.
During the third week, you can complete the modular content and work on the written assignment, allowing you to reflect on what you have learnt during the course.
There are also four live sessions during the first two weeks.
There are four live moments during the first two weeks of the course. Three of these are group chats, to reflect on the content you've looked at so far and further develop conversations taking place on the discussion forums.
There is also an individual tutorial moment, during which you can comment on your progress during the course, or talk to our careers advisor about your options for the future.
Although there's no specific required reading for the course, you may find it useful to read Children Learning English (J. Moon, Macmillan) as this introduces a lot of the background to teaching this age group.
If you take one of our Trinity Certificate in TESOL courses, you will receive a 50€ discount on your TYLE course, if you pay in full before the start date of your Certificate in TESOL course.
All teachers who take one of our teacher development courses will also receive 3 months' free membership to our exclusive online community, the TEFL Development Hub.