Teaching young learners is an enjoyable and rewarding career and
opportunities exist in South Africa and abroad to teach language
to young learners. Although this course focuses on the teaching of
English to young learners, it is also suitable for teachers of other
languages who would like to develop their language teaching skills
Who is the course suitable for?
- Individuals with no experience who are interested in a
career in teaching English to young learners
- Teachers who are interested in developing themselves
professionally in the area of teaching English to young
- Teachers of other languages who are interested in
developing themselves professionally
What are the entry requirements?
To be registered as a trainee on the TEAP course you need to fulfil all of the requirements below:
- Minimum of 18 years of age
- First language proficiency in English
- Minimum of a National Senior Certificate (Grade 12)
- A professional teaching qualification (TESOL, TEFL, CELTA or PGCE)
- A degree is highly recommended for employment purposes
post-course, although not essential
What are the aims and objectives of the course?
On completion of the course, candidates will:
- Be familiar with the characteristics and needs of young
- Have an awareness of the context and process of language
learning by young learners
- Have developed an awareness of language and skills and
be able to apply these in their professional practice
- Understand and be able to apply the principles and practice
of effective teaching of language to young learners
- Possess basic skills, techniques and strategies required to
effectively teach language to young learners
- Be able to assess and evaluate young learner’s language
- Be familiar with appropriate resources and materials for
use with young language learners
- Be familiar with professional development opportunities
How is the course structured?
In the input sessions, our trained and experienced teacher
trainers will cover theoretical aspects of the course, including the characteristics and needs of young learners, teaching methodology and the basic principles of young learner teaching and learning.
The practical component provides trainees with the opportunity
to plan and present activities, lessons and projects on teaching
English to young learners.
These practical sessions are observed by an experienced trainer
who provides constructive feedback and helps you to develop your
young learner teaching skills.
What approach is used?
The TEYL course approach involves participatory learning, where
trainees are very much involved in the learning and teaching
process. Most input sessions will focus on trainees discovering
new concepts and information about teaching English to Young
Learners through discussions, research, projects, activities and
presentations. Trainees will also be involved in several tasks either
in groups or pairs and are required to contribute to their groups by
sharing and completing duties. Trainees will be provided with a
textbook and will be expected to prepare for the next day’s sessions
by reading the chapters assigned for homework. The textbook
should be used for revision and to assist with the completion of
projects and assignments.
What will the course include?
- Learning and development of young learners
- Theories of young learner learning and development
- Characteristics of young learners
- Learning styles
- Language acquisition
- The young learner classroom
- Young learner lessons
- Lesson approaches
- Lesson structure and planning
- Classroom management
- Error and error correction
- Adapting EFL techniques
- Teaching language to young learners
- Teaching vocabulary
- Teaching grammar
- Teaching listening
- Teaching speaking
- Teaching reading
- Teaching writing
- Young learner teacher’s toolbox
- Visual and teaching aids
- Games and activities
- Songs, music, chants and rhymes
- Drama, dialogue and poetry
- Resources and materials
Assessing young learners
- Using course books
- Adapting course books
- Designing materials
Professional development for teachers
- Purpose of assessment
- Assessing young learners
- Assessment tools and techniques
- Classroom research
- Further study
- Professional development opportunities
How long is the course?
The TEYL course is a 40-hour contact course which includes
observed and assessed teaching practice. The classes are held
either three evenings or two evenings and Saturday mornings per
week, running over a period of four weeks.
What are the methods of assessment?
Assessment is continuous and there is no final exam. Trainees are
assessed on their practical teaching as well as a portfolio of written
assignments. Participation and attendance is also considered as a
major part of assessment, since you will be required to participate
in several tasks, activities and presentations, either in groups or
individually, throughout the course.
What certification is issued?
On successful completion of the course, trainees will receive a Wits
Language School Certificate of Competence in Teaching English
to Young Learners. The University of the Witwatersrand regards
this as an NQF Level 5 qualification.
Apply now for the Teaching English for Young Learners course.