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IH Certificate in Teaching Very Young Learners

Who is it for?

  • Qualified and Experienced language teachers that are interested in teaching very young learners
  • Qualified and Experienced language teachers who have already taught young learners but would like specific training

Note participants minimum level of English should be C1 level.

In this video, the IHWO YL Coordinator Kylie Malinowska explains the benefits of this course and online study:



To prepare teachers for the specific challenges of working with very young learners (6 and below) through a series of online course modules.

In this video Lou McLaughlin, one of the course writers on the IH VYL course, tells us what you can expect to learn from the newest IHWO online training course:


10 online sessions covering the following areas:

  1. What are VYLs   
  2. The VYL teacher    
  3. Managing the classroom
  4. Coursebooks and materials      
  5. Materials development
  6. Lesson planning                        
  7. Story telling          
  8. Games
  9. Music and chants           
  10. Literacy 

Structure & Assessment

The course is run entirely online by qualified tutors.  Tutors are qualified both in the area if very young learner teaching and tutoring in the online environment. Assessment is based on an end of course portfolio. The portfolio is made up of 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. The grading of the course is Pass or Fail.  


IH staff: £240 (excluding VAT)

   £288 (including VAT)

Non-IH staff: £420 (excluding VAT)

            £504 (including VAT)

If the fee will be paid by a business outside of the UK, VAT can be deducted from the prices listed. Please enquire upon application.



  • May 20th 2017 to July 29th 2017 plus two weeks for the final assessment
  • October 14th 2017 to December 23rd 2017 plus three weeks for the final assessment

How to Apply

Download the application form, complete it and email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Time Commitment

The course is paced at one module per week and therefore lasts for ten weeks. After the end of the 10th module, participants have a further two weeks to complete the portfolio work and final assignment.

Participants are expected to spend a minimum of five hours per week online and doing tasks. The actual time dedicated to course varies from participant to participant dependent on involvement in discussions. Participants can expect to spend approximately two further hours per week completing portfolio tasks. These tasks will involve the application of course input to a participant’s everyday VYL teaching. 

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