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Step into the rewarding world of teaching young learners with our 30-hour specialist TEFL course. Teaching English to kids is a fulfilling career path. But it also brings new challenges. We’ve condensed our 20+ years of TEFL knowledge into just 30 hours of advanced training to prepare you to teach children in any teaching setting. 

If you’re serious about teaching English to young learners online or abroad, this course is a perfect addition to your primary TEFL qualification. You’ll get specialist training to tailor your skills to suit the learning needs of children. Think child-friendly lesson plans, creative teaching techniques and fun activities to keep your students engaged and motivated. 

Our team of experienced EFL teachers have developed this course and know what it takes to teach young learners successfully. Make sure you’re ready for this hugely rewarding TEFL specialism with our Teaching Young Learners Course. 

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Once you have completed our course, you are gaining a lifetime certification.
Our Course Style

Our 24/7 online courses are self-paced, so you study to a schedule that suits your lifestyle. You’ll have six months to complete five engaging modules and an end-of-course test. By the end, you’ll have a clear understanding of the different teaching methods and educational theories for teaching young learners effectively. 

Why teach young learners?

There are 1.5 billion English language learners worldwide, and this is set to grow. English is also compulsory for certain grades in many schools worldwide, so there’s no shortage of jobs teaching young learners. You could land a role as a lead TEFL teacher in a school in Colombia or become an online tutor. The possibilities are endless.

Our Accreditations



ODLQC was founded in 1969 as the Council for the Accreditation of Correspondence Colleges, becoming the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council in 1995.Accreditation follows a rigorous assessment of a provider’s administrative and tutorial methods, educational materials and publicity, to ensure that all Standards are met. Our courses undergo strict external monitoring and control checks an on ongoing basis to ensure you receive the highest quality teacher training experience.

View the TEFL Institute’s verification on ODLQC website.


ACDL – Accreditation number: 2854-2540

The TEFL Institute of Ireland is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Distance Learning (ACDL), an accreditation body which specialises in distance learning courses. Our accreditation by ACDL reflects the high-quality distance learning offered by The TEFL Institute.

To learn more, visit their website: ACDL

Ireland's Leading TEFL Provider

Gain a TEFL qualification from The TEFL Institute of Ireland, and you’ll have a certificate that’s recognised and trusted by employers worldwide. With expert job-hunting advice and access to our TEFL jobs board, we’re committed to helping you launch a successful TEFL career. Just think where TEFL could take you! 

Who Can Take this Course?
A person who:
  • is a native or fluent English speaker
  • wants to advance your teaching skills and be more creative in your classroom
  • is interested in teaching young learners
  • is interested in gaining more teaching English certifications
What’s included
Our courses are built with students’ experience in mind - proven learning principles, mentorship. Once you complete our training you are unlocking all the tools you need to start teaching children.
Internationally recognised TEFL certifcate
Digital completion certificate included.
Full Suite of Tutor Support
Personal tutor assigned to each learner + discord board to connect with other learners.
Accredited TEFL Training
All of the specialist TEFL courses are accredited by ODLQC & ACDL.
Job Support
6 months access to our jobs board to help you kickstart your TEFL career.
Employer Certificate Verification
Your future employer can verify if your certificate is on our database and accredited
TEFL on the Go App
All students can complete their training from any device, from anywhere in the world
24/7 Access
Self-paced online TEFL Course. Complete the course at your own pace, and at times that suit you. Even if you are working or studying you can complete the course at ease with our 6 months study time.
6 Months of Study Time
From the moment you enrol, you will have 6 months of study time to complete this short specialist course.
Course Content Breakdown
2-4 weeks • approx. 3-5 hrs/week time commitment
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30 Hour Teaching Young Learners Course
Module 1: Introduction To Teaching Young Learners

Understanding your students’ language abilities and why they want to learn English. Get to know the basic principles behind teaching younger learners and teens.


Module 2: The Role of The Teacher

Classroom routines are important in any good classroom but for younger learners it is vital to have structure and consistency. Learn classroom management techniques that will eliminate the chaos and make your lessons run smoothly.

Module 3: Teaching Grammar And Vocabulary

Did you know that we say about 7,500 words on an average day? Don’t worry you will only be asked to teach your young learners a few hundred of these. From beginner vocab like HELLO and GOODBYE you’ll study the tools to teach vocabulary and use them effectively so that your students can use it in the right context.

By the end of this module, you’ll also know your present continuous from your present simple tense. Most of all, you’ll be familiar and confident with grammatical terms.

Module 4: Teaching Receptive Skills

These are called ‘Receptive skills’ because the student is receiving language. By the end of this lesson, you’ll know the most effective ways to engage students in reading English and how to write it. This includes setting listening tasks to music, audio stories and recordings, to reading articles, emails, facebook posts both inside and outside the classroom.

Module 5: Teaching Productive Skills

These are called ‘Productive skills’ because students produce language. You’ll learn plenty of useful ideas about how to get your students up on their feet and chatting to you about favorite superheroes, games or pets. You’ll also get help with how to teach your students to write English – at all levels, from favorite foods, to their hobbies.

Meet your instructors
Youre not in this alone, as part of this course youll be matched with a mentor from our academic team. Mentors are CELTA & DELTA qualified, and have at least 4 years of teaching experience. Whenever you will need help our tutor team is there to guide you. create alongside them, and receive weekly live & asynchronous feedback on real-world projects.
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Michelle was really great at explaining different concepts! Really enjoyed the lessons we had and I’m now much more confident at teaching English!
Ben Long
Ben Long
11:49 04 Dec 23
Excellent course, easy to use platform, I received certificate immediately on completion of course. Also big thanks to my tutor Michelle ! Would definitely recommend
Tanya Kenny
Tanya Kenny
23:26 03 Dec 23
I have done 2 TEFL courses with the institute. I found both the courses useful and pretty informative. I would recommend these courses for those who wish to get into the exciting world of English language teaching. Rachel Walsh has been very supportive to me throughout the 2 courses.
Smitha Abraham
Smitha Abraham
16:52 01 Dec 23
I am pleased to announce I have just completed my TEFL Level 5 Advanced Diploma! The team at the TEFL Institute of Ireland are amazing and super helpful when it comes to support and advice. Rachel Walsh was particularly helpful and I think she deserves a special mention for organizing a bonus module free of charge. I would highly recommend The Institute to career changers or anyone looking to up skill. Their online delivery is smart and simple to use.
Luke Duckett
Luke Duckett
13:42 01 Dec 23
I had a great experience in taking the 180 Hour Level 5 TEFL Diploma Course. I have been working as a foreign language teacher over a decade and the course truly enriched my professional skills. The fact that it englobes the experience of working as a teacher in online and face to face classes for both young learners and adults makes this course an indispensable opportunity. I also would like to enjoy this moment to thank Rachel Walsh, the customer support advisor, who kept informed during the whole process.
Amanda Poncio
Amanda Poncio
12:56 01 Dec 23
I complete my 180 hours Tefl course and I would highly recommend any teacher or professional to take this course. The detailed learning materials provided in this course helped me to upskill your English language skills.
Maheen Wasif
Maheen Wasif
06:38 30 Nov 23
Many-many thanks for the assistance provided today by Shauna White, Sales Manager TEFL Institute of Ireland! Really appreciated! She is my hero today! No doubt, Shauna is the right person on the right place! Such a generous! She helped me to get other 3 months extension (FOR FREE!) with my course! It's the best gift I could receive from the TEFL Institute, although I didn't expect it, it was a wonderful surprise! Thank you, Shauna, thank you Rachel, my personal tutor, thank you TEFL Institute, you are the best provider! I recommend to everyone!
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Carolina Cernean
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