THE CERT TESOL is the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, a universally-recognised qualification from the prestigious Trinity College, London. The Certificate is accredited at Level 5 of the UK National Qualifications Framework
A four-week intensive course This is an intensive course designed for anyone, English or otherwise, wishing to improve their teaching skills and obtain formal certification in the teaching of English as a foreign or second language. The certificate you receive may be a passport to employment in the UK or anywhere in the world and, as such, could be suitable for a gap-year student looking to work and travel at the same time, for an individual aiming to change career path, or for someone within the profession aiming to elevate their standard. You will not only receive a detailed grounding in methodology, particularly approaches to and trends within language teaching, but also have the opportunity to test out your teaching skills with ‘authentic’ foreign students of varying ability levels during a timetabled programme.
In practical terms there will be:
- 6 hours of observed teaching practice, with groups and individual
- observations of experienced teachers
- peer observations
- detailed feedback sessions, including 1-to-1s with your personal trainer
- as well as modular sessions on:
– the 4 skills
- the communicative approach
- language in context
- teaching vocabulary
- dealing with errors
- classroom management issues
- lesson planning
- appropriate language
- interactive materials
- technology in the classroom
- textbook evaluation
- songs and chants
- theatre techniques
- teaching young learners
- teaching Business English
The Course will be delivered within a 4-week modular package, the total time averaging out at 130 hours. Methodology sessions will mostly take place each morning, with group teaching practice scheduled in the late afternoon. There will be recorded observations of lessons by tutors as well as detailed feedback on a one-to-one basis.
The course is staffed by 2 DELTA-qualified tutors, one of whom is the course director, both of whom have many years’ experience in teaching English as a Foreign Language.
The Assessment used on the Cert TESOL course for Unit 1 (Teaching Skills), 2 (Language Awareness), 3 (Learner Profile) and 5 (Unknown Language) is based on a 1 to 5 scoring system, the maximum grade per activity awarded being 5.
The gradings are explained as follows:
4 = Very good
3 = Good
2 = Fair
1) Teaching Skills -
Trainees will be graded on the quality of their teaching practice, the ability to put into practice course methodology, and the degree of effectiveness of the lesson planning involved.
2) Language Awareness -
Trainees will receive grades for the way in which they respond to the grammatical and phonological course components, including tests.
3) Learner Profile -
Trainees will be scored on effectively approaching the teaching of an individual student based on an appropriate Needs Analysis, with the attendant paperwork and documentation.
5) Unknown Language -
The scoring is based on the trainees’ response to the presentation of four lessons centred around a foreign language that is unknown to all of the class.
Unit 4 – the Materials Assignment – is assessed and graded by a Trinity Moderator on the final day of the course.
In all cases, grading will take into account the standard of written English as well as the presentation of the work.
On successful completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate from Trinity College, London. We will, additionally, be happy to provide a reference to any employer who requests one during your future job search.
“In addition, we can assist you in finding employment as we have contacts at this time with many schools abroad which are actively seeking Trinity Cert TESOL-qualified teachers.”
Courses last for 4 weeks, are of 130-hour duration, and operate from Monday to Friday.
We offer 4-5 Courses per year. Please note we require a minimum of 6 trainees in order for the course to run.
2th March – 27th March
28st September – 23th October