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Online Courses for Teaching Young Learners and Teens

To be effective with teaching young learners and young adolescents, you need to know a few things...

A basic grounding in English language teaching concepts, grammar, and core principles will have you hitting the ground running. This course includes:

What are the characteristics of young learners?

What is are young learners like? We explore our beliefs and expectations regarding children, and consider child development research regarding learning. (3 + hours)

Teaching Listening Skills

Discover how YLs develop listening skills. Understand why listening is the platform of language learning. Analyse activities for developing listening. (4 hours)

Teaching Speaking Skills

Discover how YLs transition from listening to speaking. Analyse resources and activities for the classroom that are effective. (5 hours)

Teaching Reading Skills

Discover how YLs learn to read and the types of approaches used. Discover strategies, resources and activities for the classroom that are effective and age appropriate. (4+ hours)

Teaching Writing Skills

Understand the process of how reading moves into writing. Explore different, age appropriate writing activities. (4 hours)

Classroom Management

We explore our beliefs about classroom management and young learners. We investigate what affects children and identify techniques to effectively manage our classes. (4 hours)

Lesson Planning

What do we need to consider when we plan language lessons for children? Explore how to effectively plan lessons and stages that take learner and learning needs into consideration. (3 hours)

Adolescent Brain Development

We look at what makes 10-16 year-olds tick. Understanding brain development, and our mental and emotional wellbeing in adolescence will inform our management, relationships, and teaching decisions. (4 hours)

Young Adolescents and Language Skills

How do we teach language skills and subskills in an integrated meaningful way that is motivating and challenging for this age group?

"The material that is offered in this Young Learner course is creative and highly informative. The course offers in-depth terminology, and useful online resources for lesson planning, activities and much more. I’m happy that I took this course. I now have the tools I need to feel more confident in a Young Learner classroom. The understanding of tasks, why we use them, how to engage the young learners, as well as how to provide a positive teaching environment, is what I wanted to learn. I feel that this course has given me that. Thank you!"

- Caroline, Student (ELTCampus Young Learner Course Bundle)

Teaching English to Young Learners: An online, self paced course with ELTCampus

A good young learners’ teacher needs to know how to provide YLs with an opportunity to learn and develop beyond lots of games and fun. In this course we look at the specific characteristics and differences between young learners and the adult learners you are more familiar with, as well as techniques and ideas to apply in the classroom that deal with different skills and learning situations. We’ll get you back in there with tools and confidence! This compact, 100% online course aims to orientate teachers who are unfamiliar with young learners with an introduction on which to build with continued professional development in their workplace.

Course Experts and Tutors

Written and informed by experienced teachers and teacher trainers in the field of English language teaching (ELT) from different backgrounds and countries, this course is guaranteed to better prepare you for your training and build your confidence through a basic introduction to key terms and concepts used in English teaching today.

Anna Hasper


Course Writer, Accredited Teacher Trainer and Assessor, and Online Workshop Presenter

Anna’s specialism is enabling primary and secondary school teachers with local constraints, such as limited resources, to become the best teacher they can by enhancing all students’ learning opportunities through engagement.

Her work as a Director of Studies and a teacher within the primary school system in New Zealand has given her an insight into curriculum development as well as setting up mentoring and CPD programmes for teachers. She’s passionate about working with young and very young learners (ages 3 to 13) and is involved in online tutoring of primary and secondary school teachers for the British Council and writing materials and social media resources for local state school teachers.

Emma Louise Pratt

Emma Louise Pratt / Course Tutor

"My many years teaching young learners and teens as well as watching my own children go through the different stages of development has given me an insight into what is effective and what isn't in a classroom setting. I'm particularly concerned about mental and emotional wellbeing in children and adolescents."


"The ELT Campus TEFL Preparation Course is definitely worth its modest price and the time one needs to invest in completing the course. Anyone planning to do a CELTA will greatly benefit from the basic orientation and understanding that the TEFL Prep Course provides. The videos offer a glimpse into what a 'real' ELT classroom is like, invaluable for those with no experience in particular."
Steve Oakes
Writer for English Language Coursebook Speakout  & Head of Teacher Training at IH Budapest



Let's find out how to teach English to children and adolescents effectively!