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IH Certificate in Teaching Young Learners & Teenagers (Online)

IH Certificate in Teaching Young Learners & Teenagers (Online)

Who is it for?

  • Qualified teachers with no prior experience of teaching young learners
  • Qualified teachers who have already taught young learners but would like specific training


Watch this video to hear more from Kylie Malinowska, the IHWO YL Coordinator, about studying online:


To prepare teachers for the specific challenges of working with young learners and teenagers, through a blend of online learning and face-to-face assessed teaching practise.


20 online sessions covering areas such as: Child Development, Clarifying and Practising Language, L1 in the classroom, Teaching Very Young Learners, Teaching Adolescents, Material Design and Selection.

Structure & Assessment

  • Two written assignments: one on teaching materials, plus a self-reflection task, assessed by a qualified online tutor
  • Four teaching practise sessions with two different age groups, observed by a local tutor with YL experience in an IH school.


The course is taught online by qualified, experienced YL English teachers who hold an online tutoring qualification. Suitably qualified local tutors conduct the observations and the final portfolio is moderated by the IH Assessment Unit. The grading of the course is Fail, Pass or Distinction.

Time Commitment

The course takes 12 weeks and will require a minimum of 5 hours’ online work per week, plus time for writing assignments.

Trainees are required to spend 6 hours observing peers and more experienced colleagues, and carry out a minimum of 3 hours of observed teaching practise, eg. 4 x 45 minute lessons.


IH staff: £385 (excluding VAT)

               £462 (including VAT)

Non-IH staff: £540 (excluding VAT)

                       £648 (including VAT)

This price includes moderation by Cambridge English Language Assessment, in addition to the usual IHWO Assessment course moderation. This means that the certificate you receive if you pass the course will have the Cambridge English Language Assessment logo on it and the words ‘Moderated by Cambridge English Language Assessment’.

If the course fee will be paid by a business outside of the UK, candidates won’t be charged VAT. Individuals and VAT paying UK based companies will be charged VAT. If you are unsure if you are liable to pay VAT or not then please enquire upon application.

This price is for the online component only. Additional costs may be incurred for a local tutor to carry out assessed teaching practice. International House World Organisation is not responsible for providing candidates with a local tutor or suitable classes for teaching practice.



We plan to run a course in the very near future, prior to the forthcoming dates below. If you are interested, please submit your application.

  • May 6th 2017 to July 29th 2017 plus two weeks for the final assessment
  • November 11th 2017 to February 10th 2018 plus two weeks for the final assessment

How to Apply

Important: the IH CYLT course includes observed and assessed teaching practice during which teachers will teach classes of Young Learners and a local tutor is required. For this reason we can currently only accept applications from candidates in the same location as an IH school that teaches YL classes. Please see our directory to check if there is a school in your location. 

A written task is included in the application process for the IHCYLT. Download the application form, fill it in and email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your approved Local Tutor CC’d in the email.

Download Course Description

Download Application Form