Course Summary
Credit Type:
Self-paced. 12 weeks (60 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 teaching English to young learners


The Core Curriculum of the BridgeTEFL Specialized Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners is a reading and video-based course. This course is aimed at experienced teachers who wish to teach ESL to children in their home country or abroad.

The emphasis for this course is on the practical aspects of teaching English to young learners. Any pedagogical theory covered is presented through a practical lens. It provides a wide-ranging suite of practical strategies, including video examples that can be used in the classroom, discussion forums, and practical downloads (PDFs) to embellish the trainee's teaching portfolio for future use. The course finishes by discussing ways in which trainees can improve their own teaching practices through reflective teaching.

By the end of the course, the trainee will be able to produce a full lesson plan that hits the key takeaways raised throughout the course. This will be assessed and will demonstrate that the trainees have understood the key points throughout

Learning Outcomes:

  • apply and discuss the most effective teaching practices for children ages 5-12, based on pedagogical theory
  • create, analyze, and adapt EFL lesson plans for children ages 5-12
  • design and foster an appropriate and fun teaching environment that maximizes student participation
  • discuss and describe how to effectively manage behavior for young learners of different ages and language levels
  • develop self-reflection techniques as well as community of practice with other teachers
  • discuss how to foster strong relationships with key stakeholders, such as parents and school administrators

General Topics:

  • The practicalities of teaching young learners
  • Practical applications of language teaching pedagogy in the young learner classroom
  • Teaching strategies to use while teaching young learners
  • Using activities and games with young learners
  • Self-development through reflective teaching with young learners
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials