CELT YL course IH Barcelona

Young Learner (YL) Extension to CELTA

About the course

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.


August 26–September 6, 2019


Total course fee (to be paid at least four weeks before the course begins): €900

Course design

Full-time, two weeks. The course is very intensive and requires a full-time commitment. Full attendance is very important.

Teaching practice

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.


  • 09.00–09.30 Planning & input
  • 09.30–12.30 Teaching Practice
  • 12.30–14.00 Feedback and Planning
  • 14.00–15.00 Lunch
  • 15.00–16.15 Input
  • 16.15–17.00 additional feedback and planning


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:

  • transfer and apply their awareness of language and knowledge of the description of English from an adult to a young learner context
  • gain an initial understanding of the context within which young learners learn English, their motivations and the roles of the teacher and learner
  • transfer, adapt and apply the principles of effective teaching from an adult to a young learner context
  • transfer, adapt and apply basic skills for teaching English in the classroom from an adult to a young learner context
  • gain an initial awareness of appropriate resources and materials for use with young learners of English for teaching, testing and for reference
  • continue to identify opportunities for their future development as professionals in this field.

Course tutors, summer 2018


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.


Stephanie Holme is a teacher and teacher trainer and Teacher based near Milan, in Italy. Born and brought up in Blackpool, England, she studied Modern Languages (French and Italian) at university in Leeds and then did a PGCE to teach French and PE at secondary school level.

A CELTA tutor since 2006, a Young Learners tutor since 2008 and a DELTA tutor since 2012. Stephanie has worked and assessed in various countries including the Czech Republic, the UK, Armenia, Russia, Poland, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Qatar, Egypt, Greece, Bulgaria and Morocco.

Her hobbies include doing Yoga and go dancing three times a week (Salsa and Bachata) and reading.


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.

Reading list

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.

Download application form

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!

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