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There are a wide variety of different ways to continue to develop as a YLT English language teaching professional. Consider the following ideas and please share your own CPD ideas, experiences and reflections on our SIG Facebook.


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YLT English Language Teacher Training / Qualifications

Teacher Training Courses

Cambridge Assessment English moderates and jointly badges the International House Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers (IHCYLT) comprising assessed teaching practice and written assignments focused on different age ranges. The IHCYLT is available in blended and face to face modes at International House schools worldwide and is also for teachers working for schools other than International House.  Find out more here

Cambridge Assessment English also offers these YLT-focused teaching qualifications:


CELT-Secondary and CELT-Primary

which can be delivered by institutions for groups of mainstream school teachers

Secondary Primary


a knowledge-based test for teachers of young learners


ICELT and Delta Module 2

for in-service teachers, both of which can fully focus on children and/or teenagers

ICELT Delta Module 2

Delta Module 3

which has a YL specialist option focusing on a 5-year span of age ranges

Delta Module 3

Other popular teacher training courses with a YLT focus include:

YL ELT Materials Writing

These downloadable e books guide you through the transition into YLT materials and content writing. They are full of practical tips and essential background information.

BIG YL ELT Questions!

These questions represent ten ‘hot topics’ which have emerged in TEYLT over the past 30 years. They could provide a basis for post-graduate level research, INSETT sessions and action research as well as fruitful discussions in your staffrooms or virtual collaboration spaces!


CPD for YL Academic Managers

The YL Centre Management Course from International House London gives academic managers insight into the specific requirements and considerations of running Young Learner programmes. The course is delivered wholly online and is designed to fit around the daily work commitments of existing academic managers or those seeking a move into Young Learner Management

CPD for Early Years / Primary / Secondary

Key Books and Articles

Dunn, O. (2012) Introducing English to Young Children: Spoken Language. London: Collins.

Gika, A-S. and Superfine, W. (1998), Young Learners Creating a Positive and Practical Learning Environment. Whitstable: IATEFL.

Reilly, V. & Ward, S.M.  (1997) Very Young Learners. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Roth, G.  (1998) Teaching Very Young Children. Preschool and early primary. London: Richmond

Online Training Courses

International House Certificate in Teaching Very Young Learners

NILE Teaching English in Pre Primary Education

Face to Face Training Courses

Pilgrims Methodology & English Language for Kindergarten Teachers

Research into Early Years Language Learning


EECERA Multilingual Childhoods SIG

For research publications see HERE

Mourão, S. (2015). English at pre-primary: the challenges of getting it right. In J. Bland, (Ed.) Teaching English to Young Learners. Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3-12 year olds. London: Bloomsbury Academic

Mourão, S. & Lourenço, M. (Eds.) (2015). Early Years Second Language Education: International Perspectives on Theories and Practice. Abingdon: Routledge

Murphy, V. and Evangelou, M. (Eds). (2016). Early Childhood Education in English for Speakers of Other Languages. London: British Council. Online. Available

Pinter (2011), Children Learning Second Languages. Oxford: Macmillan.

Key Books and Articles

Cameron, L. (2001). Teaching Languages to Young Learners. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ellis, G, Brewster, J and Girard, D. (2002). The Primary English Teacher’s Guide. Second Edition. London: Penguin English.

Ellis, G. & Ibrahim, N. (2015) Teaching children how to learn. Surrey: Delta Publishing.

Enever, J. (2016). Primary ELT: Issues and Trends. In Hall, G. (Ed). The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching. London: Routledge.

Moon, J. (2005) Macmillan Books for Teachers — Children Learning English Teaching Development Series. Oxford: Macmillan Education.

Read, C. (2016). An ABC of Changes in Primary English Language Teaching and Learning Over the Last 30 Years. IATEFL Young Learners & Teenagers SIG Newsletter: C&TS Digital Special Pearl Anniversary Edition. pp 33-37. Available here.

Pinter, A. (2017) Teaching Young Language Learners, Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Online Training Courses

International House Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers

NILE Teaching Young Learners

Face to Face Training Courses

Pilgrims Methodology & English Language for Primary Teachers

Pilgrims CLIL for Primary Teachers

Trinity College London Teaching English to Young Learners Extension Certificate (TYLEC)

Research into Primary Language Learning

Copland, F and Garton S. (2014). Key themes and future directions in teaching English to young learners: Introduction to the Special Issue. ELT Journal, Volume 68, Issue 3

Enever, J. (Ed.) (2011). ELLiE: English Language Learning in Europe. British Council.

Enever, J. and Moon, J. (2009). New global contexts for teaching Primary ELT: Change and challenge. In Enever, J., Moon, J. and Raman, U. (eds) Young Learner English Language Policy and Implementation: International Perspectives. Reading: Garnet Publishing. pp 5-17.

Enever, J., (2013). Primary English teacher education in Europe. ELT Journal, Volume 68/3 July 2014. pp 231-242.

Garton, S., Copland, F., and Burns, A. (2013). Investigating global practices in teaching English to Young Learners. In Sheehan, S. (Ed). British Council ELT Research Papers Volume 1. pp 35-56.

Pinter A., Mathew R. and Smith R. (2016). Children and teachers as co-researchers in Indian primary English classrooms. ELT Research Papers 16.03: British Council.

Pinter, A., Kuchah, H., and Smith R. (2013). Researching with Children. ELT Journal, Volume 67, Issue 4, 1 October 2013, pp. 484–487

Rixon, S. (2013). British Council Survey of Policy and Practice in Primary English Language Teaching Worldwide. London: British Council.

Rixon, S. (2015). Primary English and critical issues: A worldwide perspective. In Bland, J. (Ed.) Teaching English to Young Learners: Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3-12 Year Olds. London: Bloomsbury Academic. pp 31-50.

Key Books and Articles

Boyd, D. (2014). It’s complicated: the secret lives of networked teens. Yale University Press.

Lewis, G. (2007). Teenagers. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Lindstromberg, S. (2004). Language Activities for Teenagers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Pinter, A. (2016). Secondary ELT: Issues and Trends. In Hall, G. The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching. London: Routledge  

Puchta, H. (2010). Checklist for Success with Teens. Available here

Puchta, H. (2011). Teachers Need to Join the Teenage Fan Club. Available here

Stanley, G. (2013). Integrating technology into secondary language teaching. In Motteram, G. (Ed). Innovations in learning technologies in English language teaching. London: British Council. Available here

Online Training Courses

Oxford Teachers’ Academy – Teaching English to Teenagers

Face to Face Training Courses

Pilgrims Methodology & English Language for Secondary Teachers

Pilgrims CLIL for Secondary Teachers

Research into Secondary Language Learning

Burns, A., Morris-Adams, M., Garton, S. and Copland, F. (2013). Key factors and challenges in transition from primary to secondary schooling in ELT. ELT Research Papers 13-08. London: British Council. Available here

Harklau, L. (2007). The Adolescent English Language Learner: Identities Lost and Found. In Cummins, J. and Davison, C. (Eds). International Handbook of English Language Teaching. Springer International Publishing.

Rebolledo, P., Smith, R, and Bullock, D. (2016). Champion Teachers: stories of exploratory action research. London: British Council. Available here

Short, D. J. and Fitzsimmons, S. (2007). Double the Work: Challenges and Solutions to Acquiring Language and Academic Literacy for Adolescent English Language Learners. New York: Alliance for Excellent Education. Available here

Top Primary ELT Reads

This is a selection of books and articles in the field of Primary ELT from over the past 30 years. The list is selective in favour of whole books on PELT, including only a few single chapters offering something that is not covered in other works. The articles chosen tend to be survey or ‘landmark’ items.


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