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Teaching English to Young Learners (6-13 years)

Locations: Norwich, England

Course Details


The course is intended for:

  • Teachers as well as academic managers in the young learner field (the term ‘young learners' should be taken to cover the 6 - 13 age range)
  • Participants with a minimum language level corresponding to B1 on the Common European Framework

Aims and objectives:

  • To develop and extend participants' awareness of the principles and practice of teaching English to young learners
  • To develop and extend participants' classroom language
  • To give participants opportunities to improve and update their spoken and written English

All course participants receive a pre-course questionnaire, which should be returned prior to the course. This is to ensure that the areas of most relevance to participants are covered. However, topics are likely to be drawn from the following:

  • Personal language development
  • Insights into cultural and intercultural issues
  • Classroom language
  • Theories of cognitive development and first language learning in young learners
  • A range of approaches for teaching English to young learners and how such approaches may be
    realised in the classroom
  • Evaluation of materials for teaching English to young learners
  • Design and creation of teacher-made materials
  • Assessment of young learners
  • Initial syllabus and course design
  • Classroom observation as a means of revealing and informing practice

Time will be built into the course for reflection and for participants to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to classrooms in their own professional contexts.  It will involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness.

The 50-hour course provision includes intensive tuition by trainers who are experts in the field of teaching English to young learners, as well as opportunities for reading and research and guest lectures from well-known figures in the field of ELT.  Classes will be practical and ‘hands-on' but with reference to relevant theory.

Dates and fees:

registration fee    course fee    accommodation           total
   £100  (€120)
   £800  (€960)
   £350  (€420)
    £1,250  (€1,500)
course code          dates, 2012
TYL1a 2012       10th to 20th April
TYL2 2012       2nd to 12th July
TYL3 2012       16th to 27th July
TYL4 2012       13th to 24th August

Please note that these prices do not include airport transfers.  The April course begins on Tuesday, not Monday, but there will be no reduction in the number of hours taught.

School Details

The school was established in 1995 by directors with extensive experience of ELT worldwide.  It was set up as a specialist teacher development institute to provide courses of the highest quality for teachers from all over the world. The number and range of these courses continues to grow, and the range of work has been extended to cover the following main areas:

  • Professional development programmes for EL teachers and trainers
  • Professional development programmes for CLIL teachers (using English as a medium of instruction), including vocational teachers
  • Modular postgraduate courses up to Masters level for second or foreign language teaching professionals under a programme validated by Leeds Metropolitan University
  • CELTA and DELTA training (as an accredited centre for Cambridge ESOL)
  • BEC and TKT exam preparation courses by arrangement
  • International consultancy
  • International project management
  • Delivery of short courses, seminars and workshops worldwide
  • One-to-one and executive language training

The school has grown to become the biggest single provider of professional development courses for EL teachers and trainers in Europe. It was the first institute to be accredited by the British Council for the provision of teacher development courses and all these courses qualify for either Comenius, Grundtvig or Leonardo funding. It is a member of EnglishUK and an official examination centre for Cambridge exams. It is also one of the very few independent UK organisations accredited to run courses offering qualifications up to Masters level, through a modular programme allowing teachers to choose to go for a PG Cert., PG Dip., or an MA. It also runs BEC and TKT exam preparation courses by special arrangement. Its Cambridge CELTA courses have a 99% pass rate.

Hundreds of courses for thousands of participants from over 60 different countries have been run. As well as running open-enrolment courses, the school works closely with education ministries, regional authorities and institutional partners around the world to design and deliver tailor-made courses. Consultants and trainers are also sent all over the world to help with practical advice and training in the field of English language education.

Accommodation Details

Homestay accommodation is provided in single study-bedrooms with carefully selected hosts. It comprises bed, breakfast & evening meal each day and light lunch (or packed lunch, as appropriate) at weekends.

Residential accommodation is provided on campus at the University of East Anglia in single study-bedrooms with private bathroom. The accommodation is on a bed & breakfast (B&B) basis in university houses or flats with a shared kitchen/dining room, fully equipped for self-catering.

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