Teaching Young Learners Prague

Course content

The Teaching Young Learners course is designed for qualified teachers with experience in teaching English as a foreign language to young learners. During the course participants analyse current methodologies and how teachers can implement them to create a language rich environment. They will define key assessment strategies and how they can help determine the overall effectiveness of the course.

The course is geared towards two specific YL age groups:

Young Learners: 3-11 years old at preschools and elementary schools

Adolescents: 12-17 years old at secondary schools

One of our young learner experts will be working closely with you to give you feedback on all the work you complete and make sure to train skills that you can take directly into your classroom.

The course is divided into 5 modules which can be booked together or separately.

The Trainer:

SteveStarkweatherStephen Starkweather joined OxfordTEFL in August, 2015. He has nearly 10 years of experience teaching young learners in the U.S. and the Czech Republic. Stephen has a BA in secondary education as well as a Cambridge DELTA diploma.

Module One:

Characteristics of young learners

This module will define the key characteristics of learners in a specific age group and examine the difference between them, adults and adolescents, how this affects the classroom and motivational strategies for this age group.

Module Two:

Second language acquisition theories

This module will explore current theories in EAL and the implications this has on the classroom environment and how teachers can develop activities geared to a variety of different learning styles.

Module Three:

Classroom management

This module will provide a framework for establishing and maintaining classroom rules, organizing routines and giving instructions. It will also provide basic background on how to determine and incorporate the needs of your students and creating a student centered classroom.

Module Four:

Syllabus design and developing materials


This module will help teachers develop a critical awareness of the course materials they use and how they can incorporate different methodologies to create a language rich environment.


Module Five:

Assessment and feedback


This module will define key assessment strategies and the implications they have on the development of the course and the students.


After completion of the course you will receive a certificate.

If you find yourself in one of these situations, the Online TEFL Starter Course is for you:

  • You already teach young learners and would like to broaden your knowledge of current teaching methodologies.
  • You are a director of a school or director of studies at a school that offers YL programmes and would like to offer your staff in-service training.
  • You would like to learn more about characteristics of a specific age group you teach.



How Languages are Learned: Patsy M. Lightbown and Nina Spada Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences: Howard Gardner Task-based Language Teaching: David Nunan

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