What is TEYL?
TEYL = Teaching English to Young Learners
We define young learners as children aged six to twelve, but the course
has also proven to be beneficial for those who teach very young learners or teens.
Our CertTEYL is designed for those who teach English overseas
(EFL or ESOL); however, we get excellent feedback
from ESL teachers in English speaking countries as well.
"I highly recommend this course for
any ESL instructor who has a true passion for teaching
An American ESL teacher in
Is this course for you?
The Advanced Certificate in TEYL, which we call the CertTEYL, was designed for teachers who
want to have a specific qualification in teaching English to children.
Course Prerequisites and Requirements
Prerequisites for the CertTEYL E-Learning course
- You are already teaching ESL/EFL to children or adults
- OR you are a qualified teacher with professional standing
- OR you work with children outside of a classroom setting
- OR you have been hired to teach ESL/EFL to children.
To be qualified for our E-Learning course without a practicum, you must meet at least one of the requirements above.
Without a practicum session, the E-Learning CertTEYL course is not designed as a primary qualification for novice teachers.
NOTE: You must be at least 21 years old to take this course.
Still not sure? Please take this quiz OR contact our
friendly staff at the Registrar's Office to discuss if our CertTEYL course is right
Need to fine tune your teaching methods?
The CertTEYL course provides a practical approach to
teaching English to children.
You learn everything from child development to specific language teaching techniques that
you can use in your classroom. The course provides a good balance between
theory and practice.
Your own personal tutor will guide you through the course and help
you to find the solutions that you need for your specific teaching environment.
Support from your own one-to-one course tutor!
You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you
throughout the course from beginning to end. Your tutor will answer any questions about
the course or about classroom teaching.
The tutors are practicing teachers who are currently teaching
English to young learners. They have at least ten years of
experience in teaching children. Our tutors come from a wide variety
of educational backgrounds.
You will find that your tutor is a nice person. All of the CertTEYL tutors are kind,
compassionate, open-minded, fair, willing to listen to new ideas, and ready to answer all of your questions.
Your tutor truly wants to help you to succeed in the CertTEYL
course and in your career.
"The tutor went above and beyond my expectations and provided me with excellent feedback..."
An ESL teacher in
Are you spending too much time preparing your lessons?
The CertTEYL will help you to fine tune your teaching methods and to experiment with new ideas. You will become much more efficient in lesson planning.
What will I learn in the course?
The course is designed to be easy to use and to navigate. It is divided into modules and each module is further divided into sections.
+Course Objectives and Course Breakdown
+Should you be teaching children? (with self-assessment questionnaire)
+The Science of TEYL
+Online Resources/Study Tips
Module 1 - Characteristics of a Young Learner
+Defining a Young Learner
+First Language Development
+Learning a Second Language
+Parenting and Communication
+Psychological Development and the Role of Motivation
+Physical Development and TPR
+Interaction Strategy and/or Philosophy
Module 2 - Learning and Language
+What is Language?/Language Acquisition
+Learning Another Language
+Phonology - The Sound of Language
+The Four Skills
Module 3 - Classroom Management
+The Makings of a Good Teacher
+Behavior Management (includes Discipline)
Module 4 - Instructive Strategy
+Using Gestures and Flashcards
+Using Music, Songs, and Chants
+Using Dance and Movement
+Using Dialogue, Drama, and Poetry
+Using Stories and Storytelling
+Using Crafts and Activities
+Using Technology in the Classroom
+Pair and Group Work
+Including Phonology in Lessons
+Error Correction (+Concept Checking & Syllabus Design)
Module 5 - Resource Management
+Free-form Lesson Planning
+Where to get ideas! (includes an Idea and Resource Guide with hundreds of sources for lesson plan ideas)
+Building a Set of Re-Usable Resources
Module 6 - Professional Development
+Language Teaching Versus Test Preparation
+School Policies and Practices Versus Teacher Independence
+Working Freelance or Owning Your Own School
Certification Option 1 - Tasks
+The Purpose of Certification
+TASK 1 - Short Answer
+TASK 2 - Annotated Bibliography
+TASK 3 - Plans, Portfolio, Video, or Reflective Project
Certification Option 2 - Written Paper
[This option is only open to those who have written university level papers or who have published papers.]
+The Purpose of Certification
+Choosing Your Topic
+The Rough Draft and Research
+Establishing a Purpose and a Pattern
+Revising and Polishing Your Paper
Within the modules there are
++Fifteen major tasks.
++Three minor tasks.
++Forty quick reviews and quizzes.
++Seventeen major "readings".
++Several other minor readings and tasks.
A total of 40 learning sections and another 21 sections that include introductions, instructions, and other important information.
Also included are:
++Dozens of practical ideas throughout the course.
++A rated guide of dozens of web sites that contain hundreds of ideas to use along with what you have learned in the course.
++Extra optional references for further study.
The CertTEYL also has seventeen reading assignments, many reading options, dozens of practical ideas throughout the course, and a resource guide with hundreds of teaching ideas.
How will I be evaluated?
The focus of the course is professional development not grades; however, your tutor will
provide plenty of feedback and give you some grades so that you know if you are on the right track.
There is a mini quiz at the end of each section. There are seven minor tasks and three
assignments that will be graded by your tutor.
The bulk of the final grade will be based on your work on a
certification research paper or a task based project.
You are allowed to submit draft versions of your work to get feedback before you
submit them for final evaluation. Your tutor will also answer any questions about
the tasks and provide examples if necessary.
After successfully completing the course, you will receive a full transcript and certificate. The certificate
can be verified by a holographic code. The transcript is printed on security paper and cannot be electronically reproduced.
How long does the course take?
The average course participant takes about 40-50 hours* to complete the CertTEYL E-Learning course.
You have up to 12 months to finish the course.
The course will take you at least 3 or 4 months to complete if you work about three to four hours a week. We strongly suggest that you take your time and enjoy the learning process.
There are extra study options and readings for those who want to explore any topic more extensively.
*The CertTEYL E-Learning course is the equivalent of 120+ hours of classroom study.
Each course participant works at their own pace, so the course may take more time for some participants.
Work at your own pace and at your own convenience!
The CertTEYL E-Learning course is asynchronous. This means
that you can learn at your own pace.
- You can enter or leave the course whenever you want.
- You can access the course 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- You work on your own schedule and when you are done a task or assignment you submit it for feedback to your tutor.
- Your work is automatically submitted to your tutor who will send you a response by e-mail.
- You and the tutor do not have to be on the computer at the same time.
"The materials introduced in the online resources section alone were worth the price of the course!"
A Canadian teacher in
How much is the course fee and what is included?
The course fee starts at US$375 for the TEYL PRO level. The TEYL PRO Platinum level includes unlimited contact time with your own course tutor. Your tutor will answer guide you through the course and answer any of your questions.
The course also includes the following features and much more:
ONE-TO-ONE support from your course tutor.
Access the course 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
A certificate and a transcript shipped to you.
Equivalent of 120+ hours of classroom study.
Internationally recognized high quality course.
Up to a full year to complete the course.
With E-Learning the course is not only convenient but it is also less expensive. You do not have to pay for travel, lodging, or take time away from work.
Advanced CertTEYL E-Learning course from US$375.
ONE-to-ONE personal tutor.
Unlimited help from your course tutor.
YES**TEYL PRO Platinum plan
Course designed by teachers.
Original content with 40 learning sections.
Discussion board to contact other teachers.
Advanced TEYL certificate/transcript.
8 More Reasons Why You Should Enroll
It works! Course graduates are very happy with the CertTEYL and find it a good investment of their time and effort.
CertTEYL graduates report that they earn more money and that they advance more quickly in their careers.
You can explore the best methods to teach English to young learners and you can learn
S-T-R-E-T-C-H your teaching style to accommodate the individual needs of your students.
The CertTEYL will help you to develop your career and to increase your level of professionalism.
You must be a certified expert in your field if you want to be respected as a professional by your peers, employers, and students. As a successful CertTEYL graduate, you will have the confidence that you are a true professional.
You will learn how to create a classroom atmosphere for efficient English language acquisition. You will also learn how to properly manage children's behavior and how to use teaching resources effectively.
Our course was developed by professional teachers and will give you convenient, no-nonsense, sure-fire methods for teaching English to children. The Advanced CertTEYL E-Learning course will give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence that you need to become a successful teacher.
You will learn how to identify and understand all aspects of a child: social, emotional, intellectual, and physical. You will also learn how to communicate effectively with young learners in the classroom.
CertTEYL course graduates often tell us, "I wish I had done this course at the beginning of my career..."
No course can make you an instant teacher. There are no tricks or shortcuts that you can learn in a few days. The course is challenging; it will make you think about what you are already doing and how to improve your teaching. With our CertTEYL program you will be prepared to face the challenges of being an English teacher and you will know how to constantly improve/reinvent yourself in the classroom.
You will acquire proper instructive strategies for using flashcards, stories, music, drama, crafts, games, projects, and pair work.
All of the additional software required for the CertTEYL E-Learning course is available for free on the Internet and is already installed on most computers.
The following are the requirements for the CertTEYL E-Learning course to work on your computer:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Google Chrome 17 or higher, Firefox 20 or higher, Safari 5 or higher, Opera 11 or higher.NOTE 1
- Adobe Flash Player.*
- Adobe PDF Reader.*
- A connection to the Internet (56k minimum).
- A screen display of 600x800 or higher.
- A 16-bit or higher color video display.
- An email account which you can use exclusively.
*These programs are usually already installed. All of these programs can
be obtained FREE on the Internet.
NOTE 1 The course will work on most Internet browsers but some very minor non-essential
functionality may be limited or not available. The course will also work on earlier versions of the software listed,
but we cannot guarantee the reliability of the software. Upgrades are available for free. The course
may also work on Android devices and other tablets; however, we do not offer support related to those devices.
Although many course participants have used an Apple/Mac computer for the
course, we cannot guarantee full functionality on non-PC computer systems.
Computer skills required to complete course
Assess your computer skills.
The skills you need to complete the E-Learning course are fairly basic anybody browsing through
this website should have sufficient computer skills to
take the course.
About the CertTEYL as a Qualification
Recognition, Validation, and Accreditation.
Why a course via the INTERNET?
Are there any exams?
There are no exams in this course. You will be evaluated by completing one of the two certification options.
You now have TWO CHOICES for certification!
Multiple Tasks OR Certification Paper
Advantages of these certifications methods instead of traditional exams
Multiple Tasks - A wide choice of options including short answer responses, an annotated bibliography,
or a choice of submitting video/lesson plans or completing an action research project.
Certification Paper* - If you enjoy writing, or if you are not currently in a classroom situation, this is
a good option for you. [This option is only open to those who have written university level papers or who have published papers.]
No immediate pressure to prove yourself through grades and less overall stress while taking the course.
Proof of accomplishments available for public viewing.
Your work can be referenced from anywhere in the world (via Internet publication of the printed journal).
You are allowed to revise and edit your work until you are satisfied with its quality.
*Your certification paper will be published1
in The International TEYL Journal
. The journal is published annually and distributed internationally to schools, institutions, and libraries.
[1. The journal's editor will decide if your paper meets minimum publication quality requirements.]
TEYL in Japan!
The Society for the Advancement of International Education and Edvec also provide our CertTEYL in Japan (recognized by J-Shine).