TYLEC entry requirements

TYLEC entry requirements* include:

  • minimum age: 18 although some course providers specify 20 or 21.
  • educational background and qualifications: enough to allow trainees to enter higher education in their own countries.
  • excellent competence in spoken and written English. Speakers of English as a second or additional language should have a minimum overall ability at C1 (CEFR). All applicants are assessed on their language skills at interview equally.
  • demonstrate an ability to learn how to explain the relevant features of English to young learners and teach these in a communicative context.
  • willingness to work cooperatively as a member of the training group and respond constructively to feedback on personal performance.

As the TYLEC is an in-service, developmental teaching qualification, it is also necessary for prospective course participants to have: 

  • An initial teacher education qualification, eg a Trinity CertTESOL, or local state sector qualification, and ideally a minimum of 6 months teaching experience, some of which should be in a young learner context.


  • Teaching experience (preferably least one year), some of which should ideally be in a young learner context.

*These are minimum requirements; each TYLEC centre is able to set their own, specific entry requirements and all prospective course participants need to complete an initial assessment to check course suitability. Contact individual centres for specific details.


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