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IHVYL Course and Certificate

The International House Certificate in Teaching Very Young Learners (IHVYL) is an in-service teacher training course and certificate designed to prepare teachers of English as a Foreign Language to teach children between 3 and 6 years old.

Who is the course for?

  • Those who teach or wish to teach English as a foreign language to very young children
  • Teachers already working in the pre-school environment
  • Experienced teachers who want to further develop their skills to teach pre-literate/pre-school students
  • Teachers that have had some sort of pre-service training in the teaching of English to adults (IHC/CELTA) or children (IH CYLT – International House Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers)

Aims and Structure

The major aims of the course are to introduce the principles of teaching Very Young Learners (VYLs) and to help trainees consider, evaluate, and develop their own teaching skills in this area.

Course Participants (CPs) will:

  • Consider the different needs, realities and challenges of teaching very young learners
  • Practice planning to meet aims
  • Look at games and activities aimed at recognition, production and early years literacy
  • Design and adapt practical teaching activities and materials to meet the needs of the learners and curriculum
  • Look at the different stages in learning and development of young children
  • Learn about activities to use to stimulate and support language development, for example craft, games, stories and songs and ways to make learning opportunities from play
  • Analyse what is suitable for different ages and developmental stages
  • Consider techniques for developing literacy at different developmental stages and nurture developing reading and writing skills

The course is comprised of 10 sessions of 90 minutes each designed by VYL experts from around the International House network. CPs complete a written task for each module which are internally assessed by the course tutors. Final assessment is based on an end of course portfolio made up of the tasks completed over the duration of the course and a final reflective essay. Portfolios are externally assessed by the International House World Assessment Unit at the end of the course.

IHVYL preparation course

  • WHEN: online course starting from June 17th
  • TIMETABLE: Wednesdays (17th, 24th June and 1st, 8th, and 15th July) from 9am to 12:15pm
  • TOTAL HOURS: 15 hours
  • PRE-REQUISITES: Minimum B2 level of English, initial teaching qualification or experience teaching children
  • HOW TO ENROL: complete the application form and send to teachertraining@ihmilano.it
  • COST: € 350,00* + €2 tax fee (includes IHWO fee for 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 sessions cover the following areas:

  • Expectations of a VYL class
  • The VYL Teacher
  • Managing the classroom
  • The VYL Teaching Toolkit
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Materials and Planning
  • Using Stories
  • Theory and Principle behind using Games
  • Music, Movement and Song
  • Early and Pre-Literacy skills

Meet the Course Tutors!

Main Course Tutor

Kate Knight is the Director of Studies at IH Milan – San Donato. She has been working in ELT since 2007 as a teacher and teacher trainer before moving into academic management. While she loves all aspects of her job, she has a real passion for working with children and young people. Kate is CELTA and DELTA qualified and is an approved tutor on both the IH VYL and IH CYLT.

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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