Teaching Young Learners

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This course is ideal if you:

–       Plan to specialise in teaching English to young learners in your future career.

–       Are currently teaching English to young learners and would like to develop a greater understanding of successful methods for the classroom.

Why should I take the Young Learners Course?

As a TEFL teacher it’s important to have as many options open to you as possible. You don’t want to limit yourself to teaching just one age group, but by taking specialist modules, it allows you to improve your teaching skills and your CV will be more competitive.

This course provides you with the right skills and uses tried and tested techniques to give you a targeted approach to teaching children between 4 and 12 years old. Teachers of teenagers are also welcome.

Course fee: € 240 (only €180 for teachers in Malaga)
Course dates: March 2014
Timetable: 10am – 6pm
Plaza Misericordia, 3 Malaga 29002
Sandra Piai from the UK (Trinity Course Director)

General Outline:

  • 30 hour syllabus
    • 14  hours of in class sessions
    • 16 hours of self-study including pre-course and mid-course research and tasks
  • Course reading material:  Original materials and online resources.
  • All course materials are included on the course at no extra cost.


  • Must be a certified teacher
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be a native / fluent English speaker.

Course Overview

Part One: 16 hours online

–       Intro to course

–       YLs and language learning

–       Teaching YLs vs. teaching adults

  • Concentration span
  • What YLs bring to classroom
  • Problems and solutions

–       Lesson planning

  • Brings together above input
  • What goes in to lesson plan
  • Evaluating lesson plans

–       Classroom management

  • Use of board
  • Pairwork / groupwork
  • Classroom aids and equipment

–       Multiple intelligences and learning styles

  • 8 intelligences
  • Learner as individual
  • Importance of reaching all learners

–       Motivation and discipline

  • Brings together above input
  • Differentiated learning
  • Project work
  • Classroom contract

–       Teaching the four skills

  • Speaking/listening from 3/4 years
  • Reading/writing from 8 years
  • Evaluating materials

–       Assessment

  • How, when, why?
  • What have we talked about so far that could be used for testing?

–       CLIL (Content & Language Integrated Learning – Bilingual education)

  • Overview (every lesson could be CLIL lesson)

–       Conclusion and Reflections

Part Two:  14 hours Face-2-Face

1st Saturday

–       Learning through movement

  • Using music
  • Songs, rhymes, chants
  • Pronunciation
  • Games

–       Using Stories in YL classroom

  • Setting up story
  • Pre-, while-, post-activities
  • Evaluate story books

–       Drama and role-play

  • Set up Marty the Martian
  • Practise script (Vanishing Dialogue, etc)
  • Groups act out
  • Groups choose story/song to dramatise
  • Write script
  • Present

–       Write up Reflections on Day

2nd Saturday

–       Classroom language

  • Language of instructions
  • Phrasal verbs, etc

–       Teaching vocab

  • Ways of presenting
  • Practice activites
  • Vocab bag, etc

–       Grammar is fun

  • Grammar auction
  • Building sentences
  • Passing questions, etc

–       Evaluating and exploiting/supplementing course books

  • What to look for
  • Ideas for supplementing
  • Developing speaking and listening
  • Write lesson plan for unit in book and present

–       Evaluating and Testing

  • Cambridge & Trinity Exams for Young Leaners

–       Teaching Teenagers

–       Useful websites

–       Course Reflections

To apply:

Please send us an e-mail with your CV to info@tefl-in-spain.com to sign-up. To reserve your place on the course you will need to pay the deposit of 50€.