The Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) is a TESOL or TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate designed for people with little or no experience of teaching English, and for those with experience who require an internationally recognised initial teacher education qualification. Preparing for the Trinity CertTESOL English language teaching certificate equips trainees with the basic skills and knowledge needed to take up their first post as an ESOL teacher. It gives an introduction to the theory and practice of English teaching and an insight into the challenges facing the learner and the role of the teacher. The CertTESOL is rated at Level 5 on Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework, a comparable level to the second year of an undergraduate degree, and comprises a minimum of 130 hours, with an expected minimum of 70 hours further study required (Total Qualification Time: 200 hours).
Unit 1: Teaching skills
Unit 2: Language awareness and skills
Unit 3: The learner profile
Unit 4: The materials assignment
Unit 5: The unknown language
Trainees complete a course of study with a Trinity validated course provider. They also undertake at least six hours of observed teaching practice with real learners and produce reflective written assignments for assessment. Course content The main course content is delivered and assessed through five units. The work for Units 1, 2, 3 and 5 is marked by your internal course tutors and moderated or sampled and checked by a member of the Trinity moderators panel at the end of every course. The moderator externally assesses the work for Unit 4. The units are:
Unit 1 : Teaching skills, assessed through:
tutors’ evaluation of six hours of teaching with real learners.
a journal including trainees’ own lesson plans, with self- and tutor-evaluation.
a journal covering trainees’ reflective comments following observation of four hours of ESOL teaching by experienced teachers.
Unit 2 : Language awareness including grammar and phonology, assessed through:
a test or practical project.
ongoing use of spoken and written English.
Unit 3 : Learner profile, assessed through:
the preparation of a simple linguistic profile and needs analysis, including some basic
phonemic transcription, of a single learner.
the planning of, and reflection on, a one-to-one lesson.
the preparation of recommendations for the learner’s future language development.
Unit 4 : Materials assignment, assessed through:
written rationale for the development of one piece of teaching material.
interview with a Trinity moderator to discuss the above and the ways in which materials development is beneficial to the development of teaching skills.
Unit 5 : Unknown language, assessed through:
a journal covering trainees’ reflective comments on four hours’ tuition in an unknown language from the point of view of the beginner, including an analysis of the key aspects of methods and classroom management that affect the learner positively and negatively.
Professional awareness and development are ongoing themes. Successful trainees must demonstrate an awareness of the needs of other colleagues in the team, teaching and non- teaching, and the value of mutual support in the teaching, learning and training environment. They must also demonstrate an awareness of the need for professional development during and after the course, based on a constructive response to training input and feedback from tutors and peers.
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The entry requirements include:
minimum age: 18 although some course providers specify 20 or 21.
educational background and qualifications: enough to allow trainees to enter higher education in their own countries.
excellent competence in spoken and written English. Speakers of English as a second or additional language should have a minimum overall ability at C1 (CEFR). All applicants are assessed on their language skills at interview equally.
demonstrate an ability to learn how to explain the relevant features of English to learners and teach these in a communicative context.
willingness to work cooperatively as a member of the training group and respond constructively to feedback on personal performance.
demonstrate the potential for combined study, including language analysis and also rigorous practical training.
The Trinity CertTESOL is accepted by the British Council and other international teaching organisations as an initial teaching qualification suitable for teachers working in English language teaching. As an Ofqual-regulated qualification, there is the possibility for credits to be used towards degree programmes offered by universities in the UK and overseas. There are also many jobs available for those who hold a reputable certificate in TESOL, such as Trinity’s CertTESOL. You will learn more about employment opportunities on your course.