This course is for you if you are a teacher of English working with very young learners, children from 3 to 6 years old. In most cases you will be working in state or private pre-primary education.

Throughout the course, you will reflect on how language-related activities develop the whole child, socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically and in terms of communication and creative development.


" It was excellent - open, constructive and positive communication. "

Edward, January 2023

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
Experience: Teachers, academic managers and trainers who work in the area of teaching languages to pre-primary learners (3 to 6-year-olds)
Language Level: B1 or higher
Course dates:
15 January - 20 March 2024
8 April - 12 June 2024
16 September - 20 November 2024
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertPT
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee £495
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £325
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 18
Tutor-led and highly interactive
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
Specialist ELT eLibrary
Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content

Extending critical understanding of how small children learn
Developing the whole child through English
Managing small children
Planning sequenced, well-balanced lessons
Integrating music, song, rhyme and rhythm into the pre-primary classroom
The role stories play in language learning
Mathematical concepts as an integral part of an activity
Different approaches to record keeping and understanding progression
How to create a unit of work for a pre-primary English class

The course will cover the principles of early childhood language education and child development theories and good practice in pre-primary, or kindergarten, contexts, and will explore the areas of using music, song, rhyme and rhythm, stories, and mathematical concepts through English.

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" The tutor is an excellent professional, always making comments relevant to teaching practice, encouraging discussions, raising questions that led us to reflection and sharing extra materials "

Araiama, September 2022

" Being able to get new ideas that can instantly be implemented into our classes was one of the best parts of the course.  "

Andy, January 2023

Further Information

NILE Online courses are highly interactive and learning takes place through varied and engaging multimedia content and the collaboration between participants from different contexts. All participants work on the same unit in the same week but there is a high level of flexibility within that time period to help you fit studying around your life and work. The interaction via forums and the other powerful digital tools built into the platform help and encourage you to share ideas, ask questions, explore concepts and build up a community.

You need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. Much of the course can be done on a mobile device, but a computer is needed for certain activities and tasks.

All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and an innovative social and cultural programme.

Meet a course tutor: Sarah Hillyard

Sandi Mourao

Sarah holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Young Learners from the University of York, U.K. She has been a teacher and coordinator at pre-primary level for many years and is now ELT academic consultant for bilingual schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a tutor on NILE’s online course “Teaching English in Pre-Primary Education” and also writes professional development courses for teachers. She delivers webinars and face-to-face talks at conferences and schools. She is a freelance teacher trainer and writer for publishers like Macmillan Education. Her articles and blog posts focus mainly on using songs, stories and STEAM when teaching English to young learners. She is co-author and series consultant for Pearson’s pre-primary course “Little Stars” and primary course “Our Stories”.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
16 September - 20 November 2024 Online 8 weeks
16 September - 20 November 2024 with Trinity CertPT Online 8 weeks