210 – Introduction to Teaching English to Primary

Course Description:

The course aims to help participants succeed in setting their primary learners firmly on the path to increasing proficiency, to introduce primary teachers to the basic concepts and principles of professional development and language teaching skills.

The 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.



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.

Assessed portfolio work for practical tasks like group and individual planning, observation, demonstration, micro-teaching, discussion and feedback sessions.

1000-word end of course Reflective Essay.


The course is practice-driven and adopts the ‘learning by doing’ approach, as it involves participants in 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, storytelling

adapting coursebook material to different needs

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

210 – Course Outline:

210.01 – Introduction to Teaching English to Primary Learners

210.02 – Teaching context – Learners, The classroom

210.03 – Giving instructions

210.04 – Teaching Pronunciation

210.05 – Language dev. for teachers: Reading

210.06 – Skills demo lesson: Reading

210.07 – Classroom language

210.08 – Vocabulary games

210.09 – Language dev. for teachers: Listening

210.10 – Skills demo lesson: Listening

210.11 – Storytelling

210.12 – Written activities