Pre-CTS (primary & secondary)

Course Description:

The pre-CTS course intends to prepare participants for CTS-Primary and CTS-Secondary courses by ‘giving them a taste’ of the major areas of professional development and showing ways of making language teaching more skills-based, interactive, learner-centred, and, most importantly, a rewarding experience for both teachers and learners.

a 5-day in-service course for a class of 16 participants



 The main aims of the course are to

  • raise the participants’ awareness of the specific features of learner-centred teaching
  • model good classroom activities and good practices of planning
  • provide opportunities for participants to share teaching ideas
  • develop participants’ language confidence


Requirements for a Certificate: 

  • Minimum attendance requirement is 75% of course events.
  • Practical Tasks like group and individual planning, observation, demonstration, micro-teaching, discussion and feed.
  • Assessed portfolio work



The course is practice-driven and adopts the ‘learning by doing’ approach, as it involves participants in experiencing and reflecting on various classroom activities that make learning enjoyable and effective. It also develops participants’ cooperative skills by providing opportunities to plan and demonstrate classroom activities in pairs or small groups and to give feedback to each other.


The course intends to give insights into the following areas:

  • various teaching contexts and features of learner-centred classrooms
  • classroom language and the language of giving instructions
  • planning listening and reading lessons
  • adapting coursebook material to different needs
  • storytelling
  • activities to develop writing skills
  • ways of improving pronunciation
  • games to practise vocabulary
  • microteaching in which participants teach their peers and reflect on the experience