100% Online PT IH Very Young Learners course at IH OTTI

Online Training
8 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022

Date Location Mode Fee
Online Training
100% Online PT £450

About the teacher training centre

Do you want an online professional development course, no matter where you are in the world?

The IH Online Teacher Training Institute (OTTI) is the teacher training wing of International House World Organisation. We provide online professional development courses for EFL teachers around the world. We have courses for every stage of a teacher’s career, from soon after your initial qualification to DELTA level and management courses. 

Learning online gives you the flexibility to set your own study hours and save money on travel and accommodation.

On our courses you can ‘attend’ whenever (and wherever!) is convenient for you. You don't usually have to attend a live chat or webinar at a specific time, although sometimes there are live "meetups" so you have the chance to chat with your tutor and other classmates. 

To help you there is ongoing support from your tutors in online forums and through individual feedback - and you'll probably find your other course participants are really helpful as well. You are definitely not studying alone, and this tutor and peer support is what our trainees say they like most about our courses. 

The IH Certificate in Teaching Very Young Learners

If you are a qualified language teacher with experience of teaching adults or young learners aged 6 or above, and would like to learn more about teaching younger children aged 3 to 5, this course is for you.

The aim of this course is to give you the specific knowledge and skills required to teach Very Young Learners. It will provide you with lots practical ideas and materials that you can experiment with and go on to use in your VYL classroom.  

There are 10 sessions in this course which will cover the following topics:

  1. What are Very Young Learners (VYLs)
  2. The Very Young Learner (VYL) teacher
  3. Managing young children in the classroom
  4. Coursebooks and materials
  5. Materials development
  6. Lesson planning
  7. Storytelling for children
  8. Games and songs for children
  9. Music and chants for children
  10. Early literacy and learning

The final assessment is based on a portfolio of tasks and a final reflective essay.

There are ten weeks of tutor-led input on this course. After this you will have two weeks to complete and submit your portfolio of work ready for assessment. 

Full Course Information


For those currently working in an International House school there is a staff discount making the fee £421.

There is a loyalty discount of 10% applicable if you have completed a course with IH OTTI in the last 12 months.   


For both businesses and individuals located in the UK we have to add 20% VAT. This means the fee is £594 or £505.20 if you are IH staff. 

If you are not based in the UK, you won't be charged this

IH VYL student testimonials

It is an extremely useful tool for VYL classes. It gives a solid foundation for VYL teaching with lots of excellent activities and ideas for VYL teachers. Elaine Alexander


It provides both useful background knowledge and practical tips for teaching VYLs. Becky Webb


It not only provides valuable materials, but it also makes us reflect on our own teaching practice. Pilar Martinez



Tutors at this training centre

Shaun Wilden

Shaun Wilden is the online course manager for the IH Online Teacher Training Institute. He will be your first port of call when booking an OTTI course. He has been in the ELT industry for more than 30 years, but these days is more of an education technologist, holding an MA in technology and education. He heads up our fantastic team of experienced OTTI tutors based around the world. Read more about them below.

Katja Preston

Katja Preston is the IH Online Teacher Training Institute Coordinator and handles the administrative side of the centre. She has been in ELT for nearly two decades and has lived on every continent (apart from Antarctica!) and worked in a very broad range of schools. Her experience includes one-to-one specialist English classes with adults in Chile, mixed level groups of 35 Korean primary school students, residential summer camps with Thai teenagers, and teacher training with minimal resources in rural Tanzania.