The International House Barcelona Young Learners Extension to CELTA course is a 60-hour course designed for CELTA qualified teachers with some post-CELTA teaching experience, who wish to extend their skills to include those necessary for teaching English to young learners.
At the end of 2016 Cambridge English Language Assessment decided that it would no longer award the YL Extension course to CELTA. However, at IH Barcelona we believe that the YL Extension course is still a VERY valid course for teachers. For this reason, we have decided to continue to run this course as it was before Cambridge withdrew. We will have the same tutors, the same format – with input sessions, feedback and planning, teaching practice and assignments – as we have done every year that we have run this course. The only difference being that, at the end of the course, you will receive an International House Barcelona YL Extension to CELTA certificate, rather than one from Cambridge.
The course is based on teaching practice and lesson evaluation, and is overtly practical in content and approach.
The programme comprises 30 hours of seminars and workshops and 30 hours of teaching practice, feedback and assisted lesson preparation.
Dates for 2018 to be confirmed
Total course fee (to be paid at least four weeks before the course begins): €900
Full-time over 11 days. The course is very intensive and requires a full-time commitment. Full attendance is very important.
As on the CELTA course you will have teaching practice every day. When you are not teaching yourself, you will watch your colleagues teach. You will also see you tutors teach with each group.
You will teach two different age groups on the course: 8-10 year olds and 11-13 year olds.
You will spend one week with each group.
The exact timetable used on a given course depends on a number of factors, but these are the most commonly used.
Note that whichever format is used, after 5pm you will need to spend time liaising with colleagues about what you have been and will be teaching your learners in the teaching practice sessions.
The course programme is designed to enable candidates to:
Amir Landa is Co-Founder and Director of Teacher Training at CCI English, the only provider of the Cambridge CELTA in Israel. Having taken a BA in Communications at the University of Massachusetts, he then went on to take the CELTA, CELTYL Extension and DELTA, before becoming a teacher trainer himself. Since then he has worked on courses as a CELTA and YL Extension Trainer in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia.
Amir has experience teaching mono- and multi-lingual students in multiple contexts, including General English, Business English, Exam Preparation, Young Learners, Teens and 1-to-1 lessons.
He has also worked as an Academic Coordinator and Academic Manager at ILA in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Scot Esposito studied Linguistics at the University of Illinois, took the CELTA and DELTA courses at IH Barcelona and became a CELTYL Teacher Trainer in 2009. Since then he has worked as a Young Learners teacher (still an active classroom teacher) and as a teacher trainer in Barcelona and many other cities including San Francisco, Berlin and Brussels.
He has given workshops at IH Barcelona and talks at the IH Barcelona ELT conference, IH Young Learners Conference, the University of Barcelona and the Catalan Department of Education for Cambridge University Press.
He has written Inglés: Curso Completo de Autoaprendizaje and co-authored Community: Culture and Education. He has also written training material for Cambridge English Language Assessment and consulted for Grupo SM/University of Dayton Publishing.
Candidates are assessed on a continuous basis, with particular emphasis on their ability to teach young learners, along with their written assignments and their professional development.
At the end of the course, you will receive and IH Barcelona YL Extension to CELTA certificate and a Progress Report.
Young Learners by Sarah Phillips OUP 1993 ISBN: 0194371956
Teaching Languages to Young Learners by Lynne Cameron CUP 2001 ISBN: 0521774349
Teaching Children English: An Activity Based Training Course by David Vale CUP 1995 ISBN: 0521422353
All applicants must complete an application form and return it to International House Barcelona.
You will then be called for an interview. If you are long distance you may be interviewed by phone.
You will need to provide three referees [Word document].
To secure a place once you have been accepted you should ensure that the full fee is paid at least four weeks before the course begins.
Applicants applying less than six weeks before the course are required to pay the full fee on acceptance.
For payment details, please see separate page.
Refunds will not be given except in exceptional circumstances, and only then if notice is sufficient to allow for the finding of a substitute candidate.
Collecting references can take time and places are limited.
Please apply early for this course!
Prepare yourself for teaching 5- to 7-year-olds on, on either a 5-day September course or part-time in the autumn.
Our Friday morning workshop series (November to April) gives you ongoing professional development and lots of ideas to try out!
One of the major strands of our February ELT Conference here in Barcelona is always teaching young learners.
Compare all of our courses for English language teachers on a single page.