What is the IH CYLT?

Overview

The International House Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers (IHCYLT) is a two-week face-to-face course, moderated by Cambridge English Language Assessment, which aims to prepare teachers for the specific challenges of working with young learners and teenagers. The course is a combination of input sessions, teaching practice, observations and written assignments.

The market for teaching English to Young Learners has been growing rapidly over the last 20 years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  This means that job opportunities for teachers who specialize in this area are also increasing.  Not only will this course increase the effectiveness of your young learner teaching, it should also increase your enjoyment of working in this area.  Many of our previous trainees have gone on to senior positions with respected language schools in Vietnam.

Aims

The main aim of the IH CYLT course is to prepare teachers for working with Young Learners.  Usually, these teachers will already have had some form of pre-service training in the teaching of ELT to adults (e.g. IHC/CELTA), but some may not have had previous experience of teaching Young Learners.

Input sessions cover areas such as: lesson planning, classroom management, accuracy and correction techniques, clarifying and practising language, L1 in the classroom, teaching adolescents, material design and selection, and mixed abilities.

Course content/workload

In order to the class the course, you will need to successfully complete:

  • 30 hours of trainer-led input sessions
  • 3 hours of observed teaching practice (4 x 45 minute lessons)
  • 6 hours of peer and experienced teacher observation
  • 2 written assignments
  • At least 7 portfolio tasks

Typical timetable

Date /

Time

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thu

Fri

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thu

Fri

11:00-12:00

 

Feedback & Reflection

Feedback & Reflection

Feedback & Reflection

Feedback & Reflection

Feedback & Reflection

Feedback & Reflection

Feedback & Reflection

Feedback & Reflection

Feedback & Reflection

12:30-14:00

Introductory session

Lesson Planning for YLs

Instructions and Classroom Language

Games for YLs

Speaking

Clarifying New Language and Checking Understanding

Methods & Approaches

Focus on the Learner

Aims & Objectives

Progress & Assessment

14:30 – 16:00

Young Learners and Second Language acquisition

Classroom Management

Practising language

Materials for YLs

Listening

Accuracy and Correction Techniques

Reading & Writing

Mixed Abilities

L1 in the classroom

Teens

16:00

Break

Tutorials

Lesson Preparation and Planning

Tutorials

Lesson Preparation and Planning

Tutorials

Lesson Preparation and Planning

Tutorials

Lesson Preparation and Planning

Tutorials

Lesson Preparation and Planning

Tutorials

Lesson Preparation and Planning

Tutorials

Lesson Preparation and Planning

Tutorials

Lesson Preparation and Planning

Tutorials

Lesson Preparation and Planning

17:30 – 20:00

Tutor teaches age group 1 (e.g. 7-9)

CP A

TP1

CP D

TP1

CP A

TP2

CP D

TP2

CP A

TP3

CP D

TP3

CP A

TP4

CP D

TP4

End of course admin.  Complete Portfolios

CP B

TP1

CP E

TP1

CP B

TP2

CP E

TP2

CP B

TP3

CP E

TP3

CP B

TP4

CP E

TP4

Tutor teaches age group 2 (e.g. 13-15)

CP C

TP1

CP F

TP 1

CP C

TP2

CP F

TP 2

CP C

TP3

CP F

TP3

CP C

TP4

CP F

TP4

 

Group 1

Group 1

Group 2

Group 2

Group 1

Group 1

Group 2

Group 2

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