Teacher Training

At TLC you can participate in a wide range of English teacher training courses with possibly the best trainers in Switzerland. These teacher training courses will help you develop your skills whether you are looking for a first qualification in EFL teaching (CELTA), an in-depth diploma extension (Delta Module 1) or a specialized IH Certificate course i.e. IH CAM, IH BET or 1-2-1. The Grammar Courses and Bridge to SVEB1 complete the range.

Our team of trainers includes John Potts, Helen Brügger-Clarke and Nancie Gantenbein, all highly respected local EFL-trainers with years of experience.

Our courses and workshops can be arranged for closed groups and teachers of other languages. 


  • Grammar for teachers
  • Workshops
  • CELTA to SVEB1
  • IH 1-2-1
  • IH BET
  • IH CAM

Introductory Grammar Course for Teachers of English  

This course gives you the essential tools and terminology for language analysis while also developing your language awareness. It provides a detailed discussion of the English verb system, clause patterns and verb complementation, and also looks at other areas of grammar such as countability. You'll also look at language varieties, registers, usage, phonology, functional categories, language development and change, etc.

You receive an extensive up-to-date list of grammar reference and practice books, and a list of internet resources. The course is especially useful for prospective or new teachers, whether pre or post CELTA.

Dates: 18 March, 1 & 8 April 2017
Trainer: John Potts
Price: CHF 720.-
Group size: 5 to 12 participants

Introductory Grammar Course for Teachers of English
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Applied Grammar Course for Teachers of English
This course is designed for teachers who already feel comfortable with the essentials of English grammar, both in terms of concepts and terminology, and who want to develop a wider repertoire of techniques and approaches for use when introducing and practising new grammar items in the classroom.

It builds on the introductory grammar course, and extends your range of techniques for researching and analysing grammar points and then applying this understanding in class.

As appropriate, we’ll also look at language varieties (for example, British and American), appropriacy and register, phonological issues, functional approaches to grammar, how the language is developing and changing, etc.
The course is especially useful for more experienced teachers who want to go beyond the basics.

Dates: 10, 17 and 24 June 2017 from 9.00 to 16.15.
Trainer: John Potts
Price: CHF 720.-
Group size: 5 to 12 participants


  • Teaching Pronunciation
    Trainer: Leonie Mathews
    03 March 2017, 14.30 - 17.15, Price: CHF 120.-
  • Scaffolding for lower levels teaching
    Trainer: Dale Coulter
    30 June 2017, 14.30 - 17.15, Price: CHF 120.-

CELTA (Cert. in Teaching English to Adults)

TLC IH Zurich Baden CELTA courses are run by a long-established team of highly qualified and experienced trainers from Australia, Britain and Canada - all based in Switzerland. John Potts, Course Director, has been running CELTA courses for over 30 years and is also an international CELTA assessor. He has also written and co-written several adult course books and is a presenter for Cambridge ESOL exams. The dedicated team has been working together for many years and does its upmost to ensure every trainee develops to her or his full potential. Our tutors offer outstanding support to our course participants, thus ensuring value for the time, effort and money invested in the course. TLC Zurich Baden is a 15-minute train ride from Zurich, and just two minutes from Baden SBB station.

Get a taste of what being an English language teacher is like: We welcome prospective trainees to observe a CELTA session before making a commitment. Or get a first impression by Cambridge English' free online course.

Courses in 2017:

10 week course *** confirmed start ***
Date: 12 January - 24 March 2017; 08.30 - 17.15 (1 Thursday, 10 Fridays and 7 Saturdays)
Trainer: Helen Ryf-Andrews, Helen Brügger-Clarke, John Potts
Approval Process: CHF 200.-*
Price: CHF 3795.-**
Group size: 4 to 10 students

5 week course:
Date: 26 June - 28 July 2017; 09.00 -18.00 (Monday to Friday for 5 weeks)
Trainer: Nancie Gantenbein
Approval Process: CHF 200.-*
Price: CHF 3795.-**
Group size: 4 to 10 students

10 week course:
Date: 07 September - 17 November 2017; 08.30 - 17.15 (1 Thursday, 10 Fridays and 7 Saturdays)
Trainer: Nancie Gantenbein, Helen Ryf-Andrews, John Potts
Approval Process: CHF 200.-*
Price: CHF 3795.-**
Group size: 4 to 10 students

* this sum is deducted from the course fee of successful applicants.

** early-bird registration deadline: 6 weeks before course start; later registrations accepted up to 2 weeks before course start: CHF 4200.-

CELTA Orientation:
Date: 2017 dates to be announced; 08.30 - 16.15
Helen Brügger-Clarke
Price: CHF 350.-


Bridge Course: From CELTA to SVEB1

If you have a CELTA or Trinity certificate and would like a recognised Swiss qualification you can obtain a SVEB1 certificate by participating  in our practical 2-day course. The course covers group dynamics, development and cohesion, student roles and working in the Swiss context.

Dates 2017
Dates/Times May: Saturday 13 & 20 May 2017 from 9.00 - 16.15
Trainers: John Potts & Helen Ryf-Andrews
Price: CHF 675.- for 8 to 12 participants

Dates/Times November:  ***date change*** Saturday 18 & 25 November 2017 from 9.00 - 16.15
Trainers: John Potts & Helen Ryf-Andrews
Price: CHF 675.- for 8 to 12 participants


For more information about SVEB1:

Delta (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Delta Module 1 is the first step to working towards a DELTA Certificate. It helps you further your career in English Language Teaching. You become more effective and so you enjoy your teaching more.

John Potts and Nancie Gantenbein are the trainers for DELTA Module 1 course running  in TLC.

Module 1: Background to teaching and learning.

Dates 2017

***confirmed start***
Dates & Times: 13/27 January, 24 February, 24/31 March, 7/21 April, 19 May  from 08.45 - 16.15
Trainers: John Potts & Nancie Gantenbein
Price: CHF 1975.- in a group of 4 participants


Dates & Times: 25 August - 24 November 2017
Trainers: John Potts & Nancie Gantenbein
Price: CHF 2190.-


For more information:

IH One-to-One (International House Certificate in One-to-One Teaching)

The International House Certificate in One-to-One Language Coaching provides the specialist training practising teachers need to face the unique challenges of working with the individual learner. The course caters for teachers of both General and Professional or Business English. This highly intensive 35-hour teacher development course is run at TLC's comfortable and well-equipped training centre in Baden.

Dates 2017
Dates & Times: 24 March - 23 June 2017, 14.30 - 18.00 (Fridays)
Group Size: 4 - 10 participants
Price: CHF 1550.- + certificate CHF 150.-

IH BET (International House Business English Teaching Certificate)

The International House Business English Teaching course (BET) is a 50 hour course consisting of 30 hours of input and 20 hours of homework.

The course is aimed at either newly-qualified teachers (post-CELTA) or more experienced teachers who are new to teaching Business English.

Successful completion of the course will earn participants an International Hours World Organisation (IHWO) certificate and also prepare candidates to take the LCCI FTBE exam (London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Further Certificate for Teachers of Business English)

Assessment takes place through means of a post-course reflective assignment and the submission of a portfolio to IHWO Assessment Unit.


Dates 2017
Dates: 10/11/24/25 November, 8/9 December 2017 (6 Days, 09.00 - 15.30)
Teacher: Graham Workman
Price: CHF 1'550.- plus CHF 150.- extra for the certificate
Group size: 8 to 12 participants

We would be happy to help you organize accommodation in Baden or Zurich during this course. Just contact us for details.

IH CAM (International House Certificate in Advanced Methodology)

You are a qualified teacher with at least one year's fulltime experience (600 teaching hours) and want to develop your theoretical knowledge of teaching? The IH CAM cours will help you achieve this goal. 

Dates 2017
Day and time: Saturday 8.30 - 11.45 (15 min break included)
Dates: 23/30 September, 7/14/21 October, 11/18/25 November and 2/9 December (10 Saturdays)
Trainer: Nancie Gantenbein & John Potts
Price: CHF 1'950.- plus CHF 150.- for the Certificate
Group size: 5 to 12 participants