There are 7 modules which will cover classroom management, materials, clarification and correction, the four skills and individual learning. Modules will also include online video observations of real YL classrooms.
- An introduction to YLs and how they learn
- Classroom Management
- Materials/Practising language/Correction techniques
- Clarification of new language
- Speaking & Listening
- Reading & Writing
- Focus on the Learner
- Final Assignment
The course is an asynchronous online course. It is designed this way so that you can access the material whenever it suits you. You don't have to attend at a certain time which means that wherever you are in the world the time difference is never an issue. The course is run entirely online by qualified tutors. Tutors are qualified both in the area of young learner teaching and tutoring in the online environment. Assessment will be based on a portfolio task done in each module and the final assignment.
A new module is covered each week and the material for that module is provided over the course of the week. You are given tasks to do both in groups and individually. Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per week to the tasks in each module. The discussion forums are a great opportunity to share ideas and learn from your peers all over the world. It is advisable to log on regularly so that you keep up to date with the ongoing discussions.
The tutors also log on frequently and monitor the discussions. They will give you guidance and support where needed as they are experienced Young Learners teachers themselves.
Time and commitment
The course lasts 8 weeks with one module per week and a week for the final assignment at the end. It depends on the individual, but we recommend a minimum of 5-to-7 hours per week spent online and doing tasks. Your study hours are flexible, but some tasks require group input and have set deadlines. The more time you can devote to the course, the more you will gain from it.