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IHCYLT Course and Certificate

The IH certificate in teaching Young Learners and Teenagers (IHCYLT) is an in-service qualification for CELTA (or equivalent) trained teachers to develop their skills in teaching 2-16 year olds. 

This internationally recognized qualification is awarded by International House and moderated by Cambridge English Language Assessment. 

The course’s objective is to introduce trainees to the principles behind successful YL teaching as well as it’s practical application in the classroom. Trainees develop their skills over the duration of the course via input sessions, teaching practice, observations, feedback and evaluation and written assignments.

The course will be delivered completely online.


  • 30 hours of input sessions which cover areas such as Child Development, Clarifying and Practising Language, L1 in the classroom, Teaching Adolescents, Material Design and Selection.
  • 6 hours of observation of experienced YL teachers and peers.
  • 3 hours of assessed teaching practice. This essential part of the course allows trainees to demonstrate that they are able to put the theory presented in the input sessions into practice.
  • Lesson planning is an important part of the course in which trainees must demonstrate the thought process behind their planning and show awareness of the theory presented in the input sessions. Trainees are supported in lesson planning by the tutor.
  • Two written assignments are required. These assignments will demonstrate trainees’ understanding of basic teaching principles as well as their ability to reflect on their own development as a teacher.
  • The Portfolio is a collection of tasks and projects completed over the course related to the input sessions and reflections on teaching practice.

IHCYLT preparation course

  • When: January 15th – March 26th 2021
  • Timetable: Fridays from 9am to 12:15pm plus 8 afternoons from 15.00-18.30
  • Location: online
  • Course Structure:
    • 30 hours of input
    • 6 hours of observation
    • 3 hours of assessed teaching practice
    • 5 hours of individual feedback and tutorials
  • Pre-Requisites:
    • Minimum C1 level of English
    • initial teaching qualification (CELTA or equivalent) or substantial classroom experience
    • applicants must be 18 years of age and educated to at least university entrance level
  • How To Enrol: complete application form and send to teachertraining@ihmilano.it
  • Cost: € 850* + €2 tax fee (includes IHWO/Cambridge fee for external moderation and final certificate)

*Our school is a certified member of AISLI, an association accredited to teach state and private school teachers: you can spend your “Buono Scuola” here! 

The input sessions are comprised of the following:

  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Classroom Management
  • Child Development
  • Planning for Young Learners
  • Clarification of new language
  • Materials
  • Practising new language
  • Different approaches to the teaching of Young Learners
  • Use of L1 in the classroom
  • Dealing with Mixed Ability
  • Error Correction
  • Speaking & Listening
  • Teaching Very Young Learners
  • Reading & Writing
  • Teaching Adolescents
  • Testing & Assessment
  • Dealing with Parents
  • IT and Video
  • Using games in the YL classroom
  • The ‘extras’ of teaching YLs

Meet the Course Tutors!

Main Course Tutor

Kate Knight is a freelance Teacher Trainer based in the UK. She started her ELT career in 2007 first as a teacher, then Senior Teacher, Young Learner Coordinator, and Director of Studies. In her various academic management roles she has served as a mentor for hundreds of teachers. She is most passionate about teaching children and teenagers and is the main course tutor on both the IH VYL and IH CYLT. She is both CELTA and DELTA-qualified.

Assistant Course Tutor

Tiziana Pace is the Young Learners Coordinator at International House Milan – San Donato. She has always been interested in foreign languages and cultures and after a few years abroad, she decided to combine that with her great passion for working with children. Tiziana is CELTA qualified and is an approved tutor on the IH VYL.

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