Our Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) provides an internationally recognised teaching qualification in just four weeks.

The Trinity CertTESOL is accredited at level 5 on the Regulated Qualifications Network (RQF).

// Programme Details

We are delighted to announce our Trinity CertTESOL dates for 2022 – this 4-week intensive programme starts on Monday 18th July and finishes on Friday 12th August 2022. The programme costs £1,450 and a deposit of £300 is required to secure your place.

// Why Choose the Trinity CertTESOL?

  • Internationally recognised teaching qualification for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Recognised by the British Council and by language schools worldwide as a suitable initial qualification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Designed for those who have little or no experience of teaching English in the contemporary language classroom, and who would like to gain a recognised qualification
  • A recognised TESOL qualification opens up a world of opportunities. For example, you can go abroad to teach in the Far East, Latin and Central America and Europe. Alternatively, you may wish to stay in the UK and find teaching work. Websites such as TEFL and ESL Cafe show what jobs are available
  • Only Trinity CertTESOL and Cambridge CELTA are recognised worldwide as suitable qualifications to teach English as a foreign or second language

// Entry Requirements

The programme is suitable for those with no experience of teaching. However, in order to join the course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be aged 18 or over
  • Education and qualifications: preferably a degree; two or more A-levels grade C and above
  • Competence in spoken and written English. Speakers of English as a second or foreign language are welcome to apply for training places; all applicants will be assessed equally at interview
  • Willingness to work cooperatively as a member of the training group and respond constructively to feedback on personal performance
  • Potential for combined study including language description and analysis, and also rigorous practical training

Please note: The programme is an intensive four weeks with a minimum of 120 hours of training. You should also bear in mind that a further minimum of 80 hours is needed in the evenings and at weekends for the required reading, research, written assignments and lesson preparation. You are strongly advised not to undertake any other commitments during the 4-week course.

// Programme Content

During the programme, you will complete:

  • Six hours of observed teaching practice with real learners of English, including evaluation and feedback – followed by feedback with a qualified trainer
  • Four hours of observation of ESOL teaching by experienced teachers
  • Lesson plan practice with self and tutor evaluation and feedback
  • Spoken and written language practice with study of grammar and phonology, and how to build them into your teaching
  • Needs analysis for learners, including preparation of a simple linguistic profile of an individual learner
  • Experience of learning an unknown language that will help you to reflect on the beginner English language learner’s point of view

The main programme content is delivered and assessed through five units:

  • Teaching skills
  • Language awareness
  • Learner profile
  • Materials assignment
  • Unknown language

More information about the content can be found at Trinity College London.

// Funding

Recent graduates may be eligible to apply for a British Council training grant to cover 50% of the cost of tuition fees. For more information, visit the British Council website.

People who have been made redundant and want to retrain may qualify for REACT funding.

// Recommend Reading List

These are the books on our required reading list for the Trinty CertTESOL. You are advised to buy a copy of each book and read through them before your course starts. Do not worry if you do not understand everything as much of the material in the books is covered in input sessions on the course. We want to be sure that you know your way around the books, and you should be familiar with the basic ideas before starting.

Learning Teaching – Jim Scrivener (3rd Edition 2011)
This is a methodology book. It will give you lots of very useful information about how to make your lesson a success. You will also learn how to approach different types of lessons, such as grammar lessons, speaking lessons, vocabulary lessons and so on. You will find many practical ideas that you can use in your first lesson. You will also see many of the ideas in action when you observe our teachers too.

Sound Foundations – Adrian Underhill (2nd Edition 2005)
The other aspect of the course that trainees often worry about is phonology. What is phonology? Why do I have to learn it? How can I teach it? These are common questions. The good news is that this book takes you through the whole phonology syllabus step-by-step. It is clear, concise and full of lots of practical activities that will help you to learn about every aspect of the sound system of English and how to teach it. We will refer to this book throughout the programme.

Practical English Usage – Michael Swan (3rd Edition 2005)
This book provides every explanation in clear English of every aspect of grammar and highlights the most common grammatical problems experienced by learners.