IH Online Course in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers

This is our 100% online course in teaching Young Learners and Teenagers which takes into account current world events and the demands on teachers needing to work online. 

The demand for EFL teachers for Young Learners is high and most teachers will be required to teach this age group (6 - 17 year olds) at some point in their career, with many choosing to specialise in this area. This course will give you the key skills to help you excel in teaching Young Learners and get valuable practical ideas. Our new course is entirely online so you can access the material and discussions whenever suits you. 

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Who is it for?

  • Teachers from all over the world
  • Both newly qualified and experienced teachers
  • Teachers that are new to teaching YLs and Teens
  • Teachers in a context where there is no opportunity for in-house YL training
  • Teachers that anticipate teaching YLs and Teens in the near future

We are offering this course to meet the needs of teachers who are working in contexts where it is not possible to have a local trainer or observe YL classes. If you are new to teaching YL classes and are finding that the guidelines you were given in your initial training don’t seem to apply as well to Younger Learners as they do to adults, this course is for you.  

Course content

There are 7 modules which will cover classroom management, materials, clarification and correction, the four skills and individual learning. Modules will also include online video observations of real YL classrooms. 

Module Topics:

  1. An introduction to YLs and how they learn
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Materials/Practising language/Correction techniques
  4. Clarification of new language
  5. Speaking & Listening
  6. Reading & Writing
  7. Focus on the Learner
  8. Final Assignment
There will also be some optional live, synchronous sessions that you will be able to join during the course. The times and dates for the sessions will be decided once the course is up and running. However they are planned as such:
  • Session 1: Getting started with online YL (to take place following module two)
  • Session 2: Teaching language-focused lessons online
  • Session 3: Teaching skills lesson online
  • Session 4: A Q&A session and some practical tips

For those that can’t make the session live, access to a recording will be made available.


The course is an asynchronous online course.  It is designed this way so that you can access the material whenever it suits you. You don't have to attend at a certain time which means that wherever you are in the world the time difference is never an issue. The course is run entirely online by qualified tutors. Tutors are qualified both in the area of young learner teaching and tutoring in the online environment. Assessment will be based on a portfolio task done in each module and the final assignment. 

A new module is covered each week and the material for that module is provided over the course of the week. You are given tasks to do both in groups and individually. Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per week to the tasks in each module. The discussion forums are a great opportunity to share ideas and learn from your peers all over the world. It is advisable to log on regularly so that you keep up to date with the ongoing discussions.

The tutors also log on frequently and monitor the discussions. They will give you guidance and support where needed as they are experienced Young Learners  teachers themselves.

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Your tutors mark your tasks as the course progresses and there is the opportunity to resubmit if necessary.  At the end of the course there is a final assignment which pushes you to reflect on what you have learnt on the course. The assignment along with your tasks makes up the portfolio that is submitted electronically to the IHWO Assessment Unit.  Your tutors are on hand for support throughout. As there is no assessment of teaching, this course is not seen as a qualification, but rather a teacher development course. The final grade is a pass or fail.

IH Online Course in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers is moderated by Cambridge Assessment English and therefore successful course participants will receive a certificate that includes the Cambridge Assessment English logo.

You can find out about the certificate you will receive here.


There are at least two tutors per course but this also depends on the size of the group. The number of participants normally ranges from 12 to 16. The minimum is 8. Tutors are all current teachers with many years of Young Learners experience.

Meet our online course tutors

Time and commitment

The course lasts 8 weeks with one module per week and a week for the final assignment at the end. It depends on the individual, but we recommend a minimum of 5-to-7 hours per week spent online and doing tasks. Your study hours are flexible, but some tasks require group input and have set deadlines. The more time you can devote to the course, the more you will gain from it.

What is special about this course?

One of the things participants value most on our courses is the online community. This gives an opportunity to share best practice with peers, exchange ideas, and discuss teaching experiences with other teachers from all over the world. This course is about getting involved in these conversations and learning from each other as well as from the tutors.

Participants have commented that the discussion forums are almost like having a ‘mentor on tap’, a mentor that has experience of a variety of different contexts, different language learners and managing teachers from different countries.

Is there a reading list in preparation for the course?

The required reading is all provided during the course.

Course dates

  • 9th July 2022 – 27th Aug 2022 (plus two weeks for the final assignment and to prepare your assessed portfolio)
  • 10th September 2022 to 29th October (plus two weeks for the final assignment and to prepare your assessed portfolio)

  • 15th October 2022 - 3rd December (plus two weeks for the final assignment and to prepare your assessed portfolio)

We advise choosing the time of the year when you can best manage the joint demands of work and study.

How to apply

Fill in the online application form which is sent directly to the Academic Head of Training and Development and they will contact you if they have any questions about your application.  Once your application is approved, we will be in touch to let you know how to pay.


The course fees stated are exclusive of 20% VAT.  VAT will be added to the fee if it is paid by a business or individual located in the UK.

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