IH Very Young Learners

IH VYL Course Content The International House Certificate in Teaching Very Young Learners (IH VYL) is a teacher training course...

IH VYL Course Content

The International House Certificate in Teaching Very Young Learners (IH VYL) is a teacher training course and certificate which is designed to prepare Course Participants (CPs) to teach English as a foreign or an additional language to children between 2 and 7 years old. This course is intended for experienced teachers who want to further develop their skills.


More and more schools around the world are providing English Language instruction in various forms and contexts to Very Young Learners. Between European funded initiatives, government policies and parents’ desires for their child to get the get the earliest start possible, the market is growing at an incredibly fast rate.  This course addresses the growing needs of teachers who whilst capable and confident teachers of adults and YL, lack the experience and/or confidence in teaching VYL, an age group with distinct features and needs.


The course comprises of 10 sessions which have been authored by experienced VYL professionals from around the International House Network and designed to incorporate a variety of processes and examples of activities and teaching methods which can be used in the classroom. Each session has a pre-session reading (and often a pre-session task) as well as a post-session portfolio task, 8 of which must be complete in order to successfully pass the course.


The portfolio tasks which follow each session are often classroom-based and serve as a series of mini action research projects aimed at encouraging CPs to analyse and self-reflect on their own teaching. There is only one assignment, a self-reflection end-of-course assignment.


The course is produced and standardised by International House World Organisation (IHWO) and successful participants will be issued with an IHWO certificate. It is hoped that IH VYL will contribute to the improvement of the overall quality of teaching Very Young Learners in the EFL industry at large.



Course Objectives

The primary objective of the course is to introduce course participants (CPs) to the principles involved in teaching Very Young Learners (VYLs) and to help CPs consider, evaluate and develop their own teaching skills in this area.


Another objective of the IH VYL is to provide opportunities for course participants to implement, experiment with and reflect on acquired knowledge from the input sessions. This is achieved by providing opportunities for further development and encouraging action research and self reflection via portfolio tasks which follow each session. Tasks are often classroom based and can be done with the CPs own VYL class or by observing another teacher. Only 1 of the 10 tasks is compulsory, but a minimum of 8 must be completed (successfully) and included in the CPs end of course portfolio. Portfolio tasks are read and commented on by approved IH VYL tutors.



Entry requirements

  • Participants must have a minimum English language level of C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. All of the sessions are presented in English and the written assignment and portfolio tasks must be written in English.
  • Participants must successfully complete the application form and task sheet.
  • Participants must be 18 years or older and be educated to university entrance level.
  • During the course, participants must have access to a VYL course which they can teach or observe.
  • Participants must display an interest in teaching VYLs.



Apply now

There are 3 easy steps to a place on the IH VYL in Bangkok:


Step 1.

Download the IH VYL Application Form

If you still have problems please write to [email protected] and we will send the form as an attachment.


Step 2.

Complete and send your IH VYL Application Form back to us at [email protected]


Step 3.

The centre will contact you to arrange an interview within 7 days.

If you have any questions about the application process, send us a message or contact us at [email protected].