English teacher talking to her pupils
English teacher talking to her pupils

Get the qualification and confidence you need to teach young learners by taking the Young Learner (YL) Extension to CELTA with the British Council in Paris.

Who is the Young Learner (YL) Extension to CELTA for?

The Young Learner (YL) Extension to CELTA is for teachers who have previously been awarded the CELTA and want to extend their teaching skills to include young learners.

The course is designed to:

  • enable CELTA holders to transfer, adapt and apply their awareness of language, principles and practice of lesson planning, and basic teaching skills for teaching 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
  • 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 own future development as professionals in the field.

The Young Learner (YL) Extension to CELTA is awarded to CELTA holders who have completed the course and all elements of assessment successfully. These candidates receive a Cambridge English Language Assessment endorsement to their CELTA awards.

Can I take this course if I do not have the CELTA award?

Yes. If you do not have a CELTA award you can still apply for the course. If accepted, upon successful completion of all elements of assessment you will be awarded a British Council Paris Certificate.

Can I get help finding accommodation in Paris for the duration of the course?

Yes, we can help you to find a place to stay in Paris while you undertake the course. 

What does the course include?

The Young Learner (YL) extension to CELTA is made up of at least 77 contact hours between the candidates and the course tutors, including:

  • input sessions
  • tutorial support
  • supervised lesson planning
  • four hours teaching practice for each candidate supervised by a course tutor
  • feedback on teaching
  • peer observation
  • observation of lessons taught by experienced teachers.

Course dates and fees

Dates Price

July 2016 (tbc)

TBC

The British Council accepts requests for payment by your employer, and under certain conditions by other continuing education schemes: How to fund my training with the British Council France?

A typical day on the course

A typical day on the course includes:

Input sessions, in which practical and theoretical aspects of teaching young learners are covered 3 hours
Guided Lesson Planning in preparation for teaching 1 hour
Teaching Practice 2 hours (divided into shorter slots shared between candidates, e.g. 3 candidates teaching a 40-minute slot each)
Feedback on Teaching Practice 1 hour

You will have further work on most evenings, in the form of written assignments, homework tasks, lesson planning and language analysis preparation, or self-reflection on lessons you have taught.

This is an intensive course, and you cannot combine it with other work of any nature. Please ensure that you are free of any other commitment during this time, in order to be able to give it your best and gain from it to your best advantage.

The application procedure

  1. Please download the three documents found below: application form, pre-interview task and self-declaration. Complete and return them to teacher.training@britishcouncil.fr (no payment is required at this stage).
  2. We will contact you to arrange an interview on Skype, by telephone or face to face.
  3. At the end of the interview, you will be informed whether you have been accepted on the course. We will send you a course pack including details regarding how to pay, and a ‘pre-course task’.

Who can apply?

The Young Learner (YL) Extension to CELTA is awarded to CELTA holders who have completed the course and all elements of assessment successfully. These candidates receive a Cambridge endorsement to their CELTA awards.

If you do not have a CELTA award you can still apply for the course. If accepted, upon successful completion of all elements of assessment you will be awarded a British Council Paris Certificate.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. It is generally recommended that candidates should be aged 20 or over. Candidates aged between 18 and 20 can be accepted at the Centre’s discretion.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is integrated and continuous, and it focuses on: 

Teaching practice: candidates will be teaching for a total of four hours, working with two groups of young learners of different ages and ability levels. The assessment includes lesson planning, teaching the lesson in the classroom, and post-lesson reflection.

Written Assignments: there are two written assignments, aiming to help candidates focus on classroom teaching and identifying action points, on exploring aspects of the teaching and learning of English in a young learner context. Two further tasks help candidates focus on language description and analysis within teaching practice and on evaluating teaching/learning materials.

Professional Development: assessed throughout the course.

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