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IH Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers





 Course dates: Schedule:

Course fee:

Deadline for applications:

26 May - 16 June 2021

Mon - Fri
10:00 - 18:00

59 500 roubles
+ Certificate fee: 9500 roubles for an International House certificate (UK)


53 000 roubles (if paid by 26 April 2021)
+ Certificate fee: 9500 roubles for an International House Certificate (UK)



There is a limited number of places and applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis.

Course information:

The main aim of the course is to prepare teachers to teach Young Learners and teenagers. Usually, these teachers will already have had some form of pre-service training in the teaching of ELT to adults (e.g. International House Certificate in Teaching English to Adults/Cambridge CELTA) but some may not have had previous experience of teaching Young Learners and teenagers.

The course consists of:

Input sessions:

20 sessions of approximately one and a half hours each, amounting to 30 hours of input time. These sessions are run in a full-time mode over a period of 10 consecutive days or in a part-time mode over a period of 10 weeks. Input sessions cover the complete range of young learners (from 3 year olds to teenagers).

The sessions cover:

Teaching Young Learners

Error Correction

Classroom Management

Speaking & Listening

Child Development

Teaching Very Young Learners

Planning for Young Learners

Reading & Writing

Clarification of new language

Teaching Adolescents


Testing & Assessment

Practising new language

Dealing with Parents

Different approaches to the teaching of Young Learners

IT and Video

Use of L1 in the classroom

Using games in the YL classroom

Dealing with Mixed Ability

The 'extras' of teaching YLs

Teaching Practice:

Each participant will be observed teaching Young Learners and teen classes by the tutor for a minimum of 3 hours. These classes will be special Teaching Practice classes created for the course by the Teacher Training Centre.
For every lesson that the trainee teaches, there will be pre-lesson guidance and post-lesson feedback.

The practice component of the course will concentrate on 8 year olds to 15 year olds.

Observation of Experienced Teachers:

Each participant will observe experienced teachers of Young Learners teaching for a minimum of 4 hours. For each of the hours of observation, participants must complete an assigned observation task. Trainees can observe live and videoed lessons.


Each participant will be given a minimum of two tutorials of approximately 30 minutes each — these will involve the discussion of observation tasks and trainees' general progression up that point of the course.

Written work:

Each participant will need to complete two written assignments. These will be set and submitted during the course. A third optional assignment will be set during the course for those who want to widen the range of ages endorsed on their certificates. This assignment can be submitted up to a year from completion of the course. In addition, there may be homework tasks set after some input sessions. In addition, there will be homework tasks set after some input sessions.

Selection of candidates

Course participants must:

  • be competent English speakers;

  • be at least 18 years old;

  • have had some initial training in ELT — Cambridge CELTA or equivalent;

  • display an interest in the teaching of Young Learners.

Centres must ensure that all candidates for the course fulfill the above requirements.

The selection process includes:

  • an application form

  • an interview with the course trainer

Please contact us at for the application form.


Awarding the Certificates is not automatic. The assessment of trainees will be based on a portfolio kept electronically by the trainee and including the following:

  • lesson plans and materials for each lesson taught

  • completed observation tasks

  • any feedback given to trainees by colleagues and tutors

  • tutorial summary sheets

  • assignments

  • homework tasks

The portfolio is the property of the trainee.


There are three possible grades:


This is awarded to candidates who demonstrate an excellent command of a wide range of teaching skills appropriate to the teaching of young learners. Lessons are well-planned and carefully adapted to suit the needs, and the stage of development of the learners. Candidates will demonstrate excellent classroom management skills, appropriate both to the age and educational background of their students. Candidates may show strengths with one age group in particular, but it is important that these candidates have demonstrated the ability to adapt their approach to teach at least at two different age groups.


Pass grade is awarded to candidates who have demonstrated the following:

Lesson Preparation

Candidates have shown that they:

  • have understood the basic concepts of language development in young learners and are able to use this information to inform their planning/approach;

  • can plan lessons appropriately to suit the age / stage of development of the learners in their classes;

  • are able to predict the kinds of linguistic problems young learners may have with a particular language point, and prepare lessons that help learners overcome these;

  • select appropriate language at different levels;

  • identify appropriate main learning aims;

  • identify appropriate aims for lesson stages;

  • design lessons which are appropriately staged and varied;

  • focus clearly on new language;

  • can select materials / tasks and activities appropriate to the age / level of the learners.

Teaching Skills

Candidates have shown that they:

  • adapt their teaching approach and style appropriately to suit learners at different age ranges;

  • can engage young learners in a variety of motivating learning tasks;

  • clarify the meaning, form and phonology of new language items, where appropriate;

  • check the students' understanding of language items;

  • provide appropriate language-focused practice activities;

  • develop the skills of reading and listening;

  • develop the skills of speaking and writing;

  • respond to errors effectively and with sensitivity;

  • manage groups effectively;

  • adjust their own language to meet the level and needs of learners.

Interpersonal Skills

Candidates have shown that they:

  • can establish a good rapport;

  • are able to motivate their learners;

  • ensure pace is appropriate;

  • show awareness of learners as individuals as well as a group;

  • teach with sensitivity to the learners' needs, interests and background.

In addition, participants need to demonstrate ability in the following two areas:


Candidates have shown that they:

  • participate in the course as a reliable member of a team;

  • are able to assess their own strengths and weaknesses objectively;

  • attend to all administrative matters as required;

  • are able and willing to respond to feedback and act on it, where appropriate.

Written work

Pass candidates will produce assignments which demonstrate the ability to reflect and consider the issues affecting the teaching of English to young learners.


This grade is awarded to course participants who fail to demonstrate that they can consistently plan and teach effective lessons to young learners, according to the criteria described above.

Certificates and reports

Certificates will be issued by International House World Organisation (IHWO) to all course participants who have fulfilled the requirements of the course and completed all assignments at a satisfactory level. The course is now moderated by Cambridge English Language Assessment.