Young Learner Starter Kit

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Young Learner Starter Kit

It is a one week long course which provides teachers with the initial tools to start teaching children from age 6 to 11.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at teachers who have taken their CELTA and want to broaden their knowledge in the area of Young Learners. It is also suitable for experienced teachers of adults who want to move into working with children.

The course will be delivered completely online. Please note that like all of our online Teacher Training courses, this course is 100% live. Trainees and tutors are together as a group in real-time for the duration of the course.

Young Learner Starter Kit

Aims and Structure

This course is practical and consists of workshops and input on the key basics in YL teaching.

Course Participants (Cps) will:

  • Practice planning to meet aims
  • 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
  • Learn classroom management techniques
  • Practice online teaching

Seminars and inputs will take place completely online with interactive remote lessons. All trainees will then have the opportunity to peer teach online, putting their new skills into practice and receiving feedback from the tutors. There are no written assignments or coursework.

CPs will self-assess their learning throughout the course, compiling a learner diary which, along with their tried and tested lesson plans and feedback will provide them with a portfolio of ideas, suggestions and reflections to take them forward in their YL teaching.

If you’ve always wanted to teach Young Learners, this course is the kit you need to get started!


  • Next online course: 11-15 September 2023 
  • Frequency: Monday to Friday
  • Online lesson in live streaming from 3-4:30pm, 4:45-6:15pm
  • Total hours: 12 hours input + Teaching Practice + tutorial
    • Seminars and inputs will take place completely online with interactive remote lessons
    • All trainees will then have the opportunity to peer teach online, putting their new skills into practice and receiving feedback from the tutors
    • There are no written assignments or coursework
  • Requisites:
    • C1 level of English
    • CELTA o equivalent
    • Some previous teaching experience (However, you would not be expected to have any previous teaching experience with children. This course is suitable for YL beginners!)
    • Access to a computer, good internet connection and Zoom
  • How to enrol: complete the registration form in the last tab (for any information write to
  • Cost: € 220* + €2 (tax fee)

*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! 

Monday 12/9/22Tuesday 13/9/22Wednesday 14/9/22Thursday 15/9/22Friday 16/9/22
10.15am – 11.45amTeaching Young Learners – what’s it all about? Puzzles and Patterns – making grammar funActivity bank – Build up your bank of classroom activitiesTeaching YL Online – adapting what you’ve learnt for distance learningPeer teaching collaborative task and feedback
11.45am – 12pmBreakBreakBreakBreakBreak
12pm – 1.30pmClassroom ManagementSongs and Chants – learning through music and movement Early literacy and developing skillsLesson planning workshop Peer teaching collaborative task and feedback

Meet the Course Tutors!

  • Kate Knight - 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.

  • Tiziana Pace - 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.

I wish to point out that the course outcome was possible thanks to the tutors, who have conducted it in such a serious, dedicated and professional way,  creating at the same time a pleasant, familiar and very nice atmosphere.

YL Starter Kit Trainee

Now I fully realize that a YL teacher is as well a highly skilled professional who has the knowledge, skills, and flexibility and sensitivities of a teacher both of children and of language and needs to be able to balance and combine the two successfully.

YL Starter Kit Trainee

This course was great. It had my head spin a little bit at the beginning because I wasn’t familiar with most of the thing our trainer presented us with, but that was the whole point 😊 I must say Kate did a really good job. What I appreciated the most was the hands-on approach which gave pace to the course. Well done!

YL Starter Kit Trainee

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