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ih CYLT (International House Certificate in Teaching Younger Learners and Teenagers)


The International House Certificate in Teaching Younger Learners and Teenagers (ih CYLT) is a teacher training course and certificate which is designed to prepare Course Participants to teach English as a foreign or an additional language (EFL/EAL) to children between 2 and 16 years old.

A lot has changed in the world in the past 10 years, not only in terms of language teaching methodologies and approaches but also with regards to technology and attitudes. In addition, many governments worldwide have introduced compulsory English (or second language) lessons for children in primary schools (aged 6-10). In order for the demand of YL teachers to be met these Ministries of Education have recognised the old ih CYLT as a reputable qualification for Primary English language teachers. The new ih CYLT is therefore designed to meet the needs of Primary and Secondary/High School English teachers.

The course is not designed with one particular age group in mind and input sessions can cover the complete range of young learner from 2-16 years. The definition of Young Learner (YL) has changed somewhat over the last decade.

This is partly due to the YL Cambridge ESOL examinations; Starters, Movers and Flyers, being created specifically for the 12 and under age group. However, publishers are also using the term more and more to refer to 6-12 year olds. The age group 12-16 are referred to as Teenagers (or Teens) and it is recognised that the style and methods of learning or acquiring a language for this age group can be significantly different to those of YLs.

The demand for English lessons (EFL/EAL) for Very Young Learners (VYLs, 2-6 year olds) has also increased dramatically over the past decade and this is now reflected in the course.

The sessions are produced to incorporate a variety of processes and examples of activities and teaching methods which can be used in the classroom. These modes of ‘Loop input’ are then analysed and discussed as to how they can be adapted to suit specific age groups.

Just as teachers try to maximise productivity in the classroom and value the learners’ time, the same is considered in the construction of the course. Course participants will see the value and effectiveness behind everything they are asked to do.

There are 15 core sessions (Aims and Content section).

Structure and Assessment section doesn’t mention Portfolio Tasks and Observation Tasks as part of the assessment, which you might want to add to give a complete picture.

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