IH Certificate in Teaching Very Young Learners
The IH Very Young Learners (IHVYL) course is designed to train teachers for the specific peculiarities of working with very young learners, aged 3, 4 and 5 years old.
22.01.2021 – 20.02.2021 (5 weeks)
Fri 17-20:00 /Sat 9:00-17:30
*Certificate price is not included.
Content of the course:
There are 10 input sessions covering the following:
1. What are Very Young Learners (VYLs)
2. The Very Young Learner (VYL) teacher
3. Managing young children in the classroom
4. Coursebooks and materials
5. Materials development
6. Lesson planning
7. Story telling for children
8. Games for children
9. Music and songs for children
10. Early literacy and learning
The substance of the input meetings will extend across conversation gatherings, quizzes, readings, assignments and exercises to give a shot in your classes.
There is a finished scope of assignments for every module dependent on the topic of that particular week.
The first and last modules are close to self-reflection style assignments. For instance, in the opening module you will be asked to reflect on what you need to learn from the course and figure out what your skills need improvement at, and what you might want to learn. In the last module you will think about the course all in all, on what you have learned and how you need to advance later on. For the most, the assignments don’t include article writing and are aimed at practical implementation
Assessment of the course:
Every module has a task which is assessed by the tutors. Final assessment is based on an end of course portfolio. The portfolio is made up of the tasks completed over the duration of the course and a final reflective essay.
Candidate portfolios are assessed by the IH World Assessment Unit at the end of the course
Uniqueness of the course:
You will acquire a wealth of exercises, games, music that you can use with your kids in class.
Despite the fact that the course has a helpful theoretical part, it is first and foremost a practical course where you can exchange ideas with numerous different teachers just like you, as well as with your trainers. Everyone shares their thoughts and later you can leave and use them in your classrooms.
It is a very practical course.
The difference between teaching Young Learners and Very Young Learners:
There are some common elements to teaching Very Young earners (3 to 5 year old) and Young Learners (6 years and above) but also many differences which teachers need to be aware of.
In Young Learners classes (children aged 6 or more) your essential role in the classroom is that of a language teacher. The greater part of the children will have had some understanding of being in a classroom and having assignments to finish. When teaching Very Young Learners (children aged 3 to 5) you have a significantly greater obligation to generally care for the children, and many teachers find this particularly hard. A 3 year old child doesn’t go to class because he is interested in learning English. You will also face the problem of children having no experience of what is it like to study in a group.
In most cases teachers are trained to teach young learners, but not very young learners and because of the differences between the two age groups, teachers often find themselves in a rather difficult situation. This practical course is designed specifically for training English language teachers in successfully managing classrooms of 3 to 5 years old children.
The primary objective of the course is to introduce course participants (CPs) to the principles involved in teaching Very Young Learners (VYLs) and to help CPs consider, evaluate and develop their own teaching skills in this area.
One of the main aims of the course is to present the content of the sessions in a variety of ways, from a variety of perspectives, to meet the demands of the many educational environments across the globe. CPs will be introduced to new and varied activities to teach all language skills. CPs will be able to discuss how the activity could be adapted to suit different ages/developmental needs.
Another objective of the IH VYL is to provide opportunities for course participants to implement and reflect on acquired knowledge from the input sessions. This is achieved by providing opportunities for further development, action research, and self-reflection via portfolio tasks. Tasks are often classroom based and can be done with the CPs own VYL class or by observing another teacher. Portfolio tasks are read and commented on by approved IH VYL tutors.
IH VYL will contribute to the improvement of the overall quality of teaching Very Young Learners in all affiliated schools and in the EFL industry at large.
How can I apply?
Please fill in the application form on our website. The Head of Teacher Training will contact you shortly to discuss the details of your application and after that we will contact you with additional information and payment process.
The course is produced and standardised by International House World Organisation (IHWO) and successful participants will be issued with an IHWO certificate.