YLT iatefl
Our Mission


Our mission is to lead, drive change and set standards in Teaching English to Young Learners and Teenagers (2 – 17 years old) for training and development, classroom practice and assessment. We aim to provide practical advice regarding different models of YL ELT (e.g. EFL, EMI, CLIL), age-appropriate pedagogy, child-safe recruitment as well as suitable ELT qualifications for young learner teachers. Our members include classroom practitioners, teacher trainers, researchers, academic managers and materials / content developers working in both state and private sectors worldwide.

We source inspiration and guidance from UNESCO and other global organisations which focus on education.  The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a ‘child’ as a person below the age of 18, unless the laws of a particular country set the legal age for adulthood younger.  18 and 19 year-olds therefore have different rights and each age range under 18 have specific requirements regarding methodology, course structures, materials, learning environment and appropriately qualified teachers as well as those related to duty of care, child protection and safeguarding.

As David Graddol in English Next (2006) states, ‘The age at which children start learning English has been lowering across the world.  English has moved from the traditional ‘foreign languages’ slot in lower secondary school to primary school – even pre-school’.  We therefore acknowledge that ‘Young Learners’ is an umbrella term encompassing all these age ranges and that there are differences in our members’ national educational systems and transition stages. We advocate use of the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) mapping criteria which helps us to refer to these differences http://www.uis.unesco.org/Education/Documents/isced-2011-en.pdf and provides a common terminology for clarity, consistency and knowledge sharing:

  • Early Years (2 – 5 year olds)
  • Primary (6 – 10 year olds)
  • Lower Secondary (11 – 14 year olds)
  • Upper Secondary (15 – 17 year olds)
Latest Updates

Meet our new committee!

We are delighted to inform you that:

Shay Coyne, Vinnie Nobre, Anna Britton and Leticia Moraes were nominated and stood unopposed for the positions of Social Media Coordinator, Business Development Coordinator, Public Relations Coordinator and Joint Events Coordinator respectively for YLTSIG.

Shay, Vinnie, Anna and Leticia have now been elected to the committee. You can find out more about them on our updated About Us page.

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Summer Newsletter: Call for Contributors

The YLTSIG invites articles for the summer edition of our newsletter on a wide range of topics related to teaching English to children and teenagers. Please contact the editor with a proposed title and outline of the content of your article before submission to check its potential suitability. Please check here for more information and note the end of May deadline.

Have you recently graduated from a TEYLs-related MA or an ELT diploma specialising in YLs? If you have time for a brief interview, we would also be keen to hear from you for our newsletter.




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