TKT YL (Young Learners) – An Overview
This is an examination for teachers and classroom assistants who teach or will teach English to young learners. It tests knowledge of concepts related to young learner learning and development, and knowledge of young learners from a teaching perspective: the planning, teaching and assessment of young learners’ work.
Knowledge of Young Learners and Principles of Teaching English to Young Learners
This part of the TKT: YL module tests candidates’ knowledge of children’s characteristics as language learners and knowledge of how language learning can help young learners to develop learning strategies, cognitive strategies and communication strategies.
- Children’s characteristics as language learners (theory-focused)
- Developing children’s learning strategies through language learning
- Developing children’s cognitive strategies through language learning
- Developing children’s communication strategies through language learning
Planning and Preparing Young Learner Lessons
This part of the TKT: YL module tests candidates’ knowledge of planning and preparing language lessons for young learners.
- Lesson plans – components/ headings
- Providing support and challenge when selecting and using coursebooks and supplementary materials
- Additional resources – selecting, adapting and supplementing
Teaching Young Learners
This part of the TKT: YL module tests candidates’ knowledge of strategies for teaching language to young learners
- Scaffolding children’s understanding of language and use of language through teacher language and teaching strategies
- Using practice activities to consolidate children’s language learning
- Managing young learners in class
Assessing Young Learner Learning Through Classroom-Based Assessment
This part of the TKT: YL module tests candidates’ knowledge of assessing young learner learning in the classroom, and knowledge of how to respond to the information provided by classroom assessment.
- Purposes of different types of classroom-based assessment
- Focus of different types of classroom-based assessment
- Acting on classroom-based assessment evidence