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Teaching English to Young Learners

Have you completed a TESOL, TEFL or CELTA course? Are you passionate about teaching young learners? Are you looking for fresh ideas in the classroom or a better understanding of the language needs of this age group? If so, the 40-hour specialisation Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) course is ideal for you!

As English becomes more accepted as an international language around the world, it is increasingly included in primary curricula, and the number of private language schools offering English language tuition to young learners has increased. The Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) course aims to provide teachers with the skills and knowledge required to teach English to young learners from the ages of 3 to 18 years. 

What will I learn?

The course draws on the basic teaching methodologies already covered in a TESOL, TEFL or CELTA. We start by examining the characteristics and needs of young learners at different ages as well as the typical contexts in which learning occurs. How this impacts language learning is a key point of discussion and exploration in the course as this forms the understanding of how these learners develop their language knowledge and skills in these formative years. 

While understanding how to support, develop and assess these language skills is a crucial aspect of the course, there’s still much fun and laughter to be had during the 40 hours! You’ll experience first-hand the type of games and materials that young learners respond to, and be guided in how to choose the most appropriate resources and materials for lessons and each age group. The course offers both professional development and enjoyment with the guarantee of a very rewarding career for those who pursue a teaching career with young learners. 

The TEYL course approach involves participatory learning, where you are very much involved in the learning and teaching process. Most input sessions will focus on you, as a trainee, discovering new concepts and information about teaching English to young learners through discussions, research, projects, activities and presentations. You will also be involved in several tasks either in groups or pairs.

To apply for this course, you need to be at least 18 years and have finished a TESOL/TEFL/CELTA. A degree is recommended (often needed for jobs abroad), but not required for the course. Please note that this is a specialisation course and runs on demand based on a minimum of 8 people per class. 

Contact Maria Sesing for more information. maria.sesing@wits.ac.za | 011 717 4206