Course Content

Intro to Young Learners – Course Content

As you may know, the CELTA course was originally aimed at teaching adults. Most of the skills are easily transferrable to YLs (younger learners), but it is great to also get specific techniques for children. If you are about to go into the energetic world of teaching YLs you need to be equipped with a teaching toolbox of techniques, ideas and activities to make the lessons as rewarding as possible.

This two-day introduction course offers CPs (course participants) a clear structure of how to manage the YL classroom, set up activities, engage learners, get students talking and deal with common problems.  Every session is extremely practical with CPs receiving session notes and activities to take-away.

The sessions include:

  1. Classroom management: This session gives CPs clear structure of how to manage YL classes in terms of instructing, setting up activities and importantly setting routines, which are all essential for any activity and lesson to be successful.
  2. Creating motivation: Engaging YLs is the key to any successful lesson so here we look at ways to provide intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in the classroom. The ideas presented are useful for many different age groups and lesson types.
  3. Material and resources: Here we open our tool-box on the essential teaching resources that every good YL teacher should have. We also provide a range of go-to web-sites for teaching ideas and useful online apps.
  4. Getting students talking: Unlike adults who are motivated to speak and use English, YLs tend not to speak in English for the sake of it. This means that a good YL teacher needs a lot of strategies and techniques to not only motivate YLs to speak in English but also to develop their speaking skills. This sessions looks at the necessary skills needed and also provides CPs with useful ideas for speaking activities.
  5. Engaging YLs online: Unlike in the classroom where teachers have a myriad of different games, material and realia to keep the students engaged, teachers often find themselves limited when teaching online. Therefore in this session we look at how we can bring the in class experience online with a variety of engaging and kinaesthetic tasks.
  6. Dealing with teens, phones, the use of L1 and other problems: This session looks at how to deal with a variety of difficult situations that YL teachers face. CPs will get ideas on how on how to handle disruptive students, bored teenagers, shy students, the dreaded pushy parents and more.

Mode of assessment

The certificate is awarded to participants who have followed the course, with no grading of coursework.

Contact hours

Our 2-day Intro to YL course runs on Thursdays and Fridays.

There are 3 sessions a day and the course runs from 09.00 – 15.00 (Thai Time) 

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During COVID, we are using the online platform Zoom.

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