TEFL-YL (Cambridge CELT-P) Course Overview

TEFL-YL (Cambridge CELT-P) Course

The College has an agreement with Cambridge University to integrate their CELT-P (a version of the CELTA for Primary school aged-children, 6-12 years-old) into our existing TEFL-YL course. This historic agreement between College President Frank Carle and Cambridge University Representative Tim Banks represents a big step in the increased recognition of the College’s teacher training program and the specialized training that we offer young EFL teachers looking to advance their careers. You can find more information about the CELT-P here and here. The CELT-P is a standalone certificate and not a Young Learner extension, it is an in-service certificate rather than a pre-service certificate like the CertTESOL or CELTA. It has been developed to match the ever growing market need to have qualified EFL teachers for the Young Learner age group as more and more national education bodies increase their focus on the English language for this age group.

The College’s TEFL-YL consists of three modules, the second of which contains a rigorous preparation for the CELT-P including the TKT:YL examination. Although the core TKT modules and the TKT: CLIL module are not included in the course fee, this course naturally prepares students for successful completion of these examinations as well. Student teachers are encouraged and assisted in arranging these. In the first course module, student teachers review key issues in communicative language teaching methodology and the teaching program used which primarily focuses on improving learners speaking and listening competences. The final course module is focused on assisting student teachers find a position. The College has a long list of potential employers who regularly ask for anyone who has finished one of our courses.

The CELT-P is offered by Cambridge English (a part of the University of Cambridge), arguably the world’s most well-known and well-respected provider of qualifications in EFL and TEFL. As an official Cambridge English Exam Preparation Centre, the College’s TEFL-YL course is designed to prepare trainees for the highest band possible on the TKT:YL while providing the resources and guidance to complete the CELT-P. Cambridge English states that, by testing into the highest band on the TKT examination, a candidate will demonstrate to employers a greater depth and range of knowledge than someone who has completed a CertTESOL, CELTA or other pre-service qualification (“Developing” as opposed to “Foundational” according to the Cambridge framework.

Practical Component: Young Learners and Project Work

During this component, student teachers are given extensive training on how they can adapt their teaching by adding new skills specific to communicative language teaching, project work and the young learner age group. After reviewing the essential skills associated with teaching English communicatively, trainees are given comprehensive input on teaching young learners combined with the ability to learn and then adapt lesson plans specific to different learners. Trainees are given the opportunity to teach independently but also to observe more experienced teachers, peers and vice-versa. These observations culminate in a comprehensive observation journal which allows trainees to reflect on their own teaching as well as that of others. Trainees are introduced to advanced aspects of communicative language teaching methodology. Trainees learn how to manage a classroom, communicate clearly and effectively, engage and motivate students and manage behaviour issues. Trainees are also introduced to game-based learning and techniques for creating an immersive environment in their classrooms. Working with young learners poses several challenges that one would not encounter when working with adults, and it is essential that many practical techniques in the classroom are mastered before moving on to more universal EFL themes that will apply to working with all age groups in the second course component.

This component covers the following units:

  • Unit 1: Communicative Language Teaching Skills
  • Unit 2: CLT Lesson Planning
  • Unit 3: Teaching Young Learners
  • Unit 4: Project Work in the EFL Classroom

Theoretical Component: Cambridge TKT

After a solid foundation of teaching practice experience, it is in component two where the course changes direction. The course starts the TKT preparation which provides trainees with a review of the most important aspects of teaching ESL and then focuses on the young learner age group and CLIL methodologies. It is after this component (which the college is certified by Cambridge English to run as an official exam preparation centre) that trainees are externally invigilated through five exams (TKT core modules 1,2,3, CLIL and Young Learners). The results of these examinations are on a separate graded certificate. This is an internationally recognised certification and performance resulting in the top band of the TKT demonstrates a higher competence in language awareness, teaching skills, CLIL, YL than an entry level certificate like the CertTESOL. These exams are recognised by employers and schools alike as bridging the CPD gap between a bachelor and a post-graduate level certificate. Trainees will complete a series of written assignments, classroom observation tasks and practical and theoretical workshops to prepare for the successful completion of the Cambridge English Teacher Knowledge Test (TKT). This component culminates in the trainees sitting 5 external Cambridge TKT modules (1,2,3, CLIL and Young Learners).

This component covers the following units:

  • Unit 1: Language and Background to Language Learning
  • Unit 2: Lesson Planning and Use of Resources for Language Teaching
  • Unit 3: Managing the Teaching and Learning Process
  • Unit 4: Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • Unit 5: Young Leaners

To receive the final certificates you will need to complete the course and pass both written and practical assignments.

Advanced Component: Teaching English to Primary Learners


  • Unit 1: Cambridge CELT-P
  • Unit 2: Teaching Portfolio
  • Unit 3: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the EFL/ESL Sector

Learn in order to teach
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