IH Certificate in Teaching Very Young Learners

The IH VYL course aims to prepare teachers for the specific challenges of working with very young learners, age 6 and below. 

Who is it for?

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

(Please note participants’ minimum level of English should be C1.)

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There are 10 online sessions covering the following:

  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 and assessment

The course is run entirely online by qualified tutors.  Tutors are qualified both in the area of 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.

Time commitment

The course is paced at one module per week and therefore lasts for ten weeks. After the end of Module 10, 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.


The course fees stated here are inclusive of 20% VAT.  The 20% VAT will not be charged if the fee is paid by a registered business outside the UK.

Course fees must be paid in full prior to the start date.