IH Certificate in Very Young Learners (IHC VYL)

Young Learners Smiling

Teach students aged 3, 4, 5 years old.

Course Objective

The IH Very Young Learners (IHVYL) course aims to prepare teachers for the specific challenges of working with very young learners, aged 3, 4 and 5 years old. This course is in high demand since many schools and kindergartens around the world are now focusing on language teaching for very young children.
The course is specifically designed to help teaching younger children (ages 3 to 5). Ideally the candidate should have some previous experience teaching English to adults, young learners (age 6 and above) or teenagers as the course is not about teaching language but about learning new skills. It is not required to have taught Very Young Learners (age 3 to 5) previously.

Course Content

There are 10 sessions covering the following:

Who is it for?

What is the main difference between teaching Young Learners and Very Young Learners?

Between the two age groups not only will the activities be different but also your role as a teacher is different. You need to be a carer and react to the children and their needs.


You will also face the challenges of teaching children who are not used to be in an English classroom and might have never been any kind of classroom before.

In Young Learners classes (children aged 6 and above) your primary role in the classroom is that of a language teacher. Most of the students will have had some experience of being in a classroom and having tasks to complete.


When teaching Very Young Learners (children aged 3 to 5 years old) you have a lot more responsibility for the care of the children in general and this can be challenging. A 3 year old does not go to class because he consciously wants to learn a new language.


A Teacher In A Class Of Adult Learners

There are at least two tutors per course but this may vary depending on the number of participants. The course is taught by tutors who are qualified both in the area of very young learner teaching and tutoring in the online and face-to-face environment. 

Course Info

The work that you do during the modules (discussion, quizzes, etc) is not assessed. Every module has a task which is assessed by the tutors.


Final assessment is based on an end of course portfolio.


The portfolio is made up of the tasks completed over the duration of the course and a final reflective essay.

The course is 30 hours of input sessions plus extra time for assignment writing and reading. Participants have a further days to complete the portfolio work and final assignment at the end of the course.
Participants can expect to spend approximately two further hours per week completing portfolio tasks. These tasks will involve the application of course input to a participant’s everyday VYL teaching.

  • he course consists of 30 hours of input and a minimum of 50 hours of homework and reading tasks.
  • The course if offered online and face-to-face 
  • The course if offered full-time and part-time
  • Fill in the application form below
  • Our team will contact you if they have any questions about your application.
  • Once your application is approved, we will be in touch to let you know how to pay.
  • The course is offered face-to-face and online through Zoom
  • You can choose between our part-time and full-time course

Course Fees: 6000 EGP

Course fees must be paid in full prior to the start date.


If you have any questions please send to: teachertraining@ihcairoeg.com

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