Want to become a qualified English Language Teacher or upgrade to a recognised qualification?
Every journey starts with the first step and yours has led you here. You want to become a qualified English language teacher, or upgrade your present certificate for a recognised qualification. You're trawling through the many courses advertised and want to know which course is best for you.
We've been there. At the start of our careers we had the same choice to make. We stood in the same shoes you're wearing now, looking just as confused, and because we've been there, we want to be very clear about what we offer and what we don't.
How can I study for the Trinity CertTESOL with Language Point?
Our CertTESOL is the first in the word to be delivered through a combination of online learning and face-to-face Teaching Practice. The online phase of the course can be studied from wherever you live and work, and to a timeframe which suits you. As long as you complete the online phase of the course before your Teaching Practice placement at a Language Point Partner Centre, you are free to study how you wish to the deadlines that are set for your course.
At every stage of the course, you will be given support through online feedback to your work, as well as regular live online tutorials with a course tutor, to help you work through the course to the best of your ability.
The face-to-face Teaching Practice phase of the course is 2-3 weeks in duration, and requires you to teach on-site at one of our partner locations. This phase of the course also includes the final assessment interview with a Trinity College London CertTESOL moderator, either online or in person at the centre where the course is being hosted.
What are the entry requirements for the Language Point Trinity CertTESOL?
- have university entrance qualifications (A-levels, High School Graduation or similar), or equivalent experience and knowledge
- have an English proficiency of CEFR C1 (IELTS 7 or similar) - in plain language: advanced level English.
- complete a pre-interview language awareness task
- pass an interview which involves discussion of language usage
- complete a written interview task focused on teaching and learning
Please note: Course participants must be available for a 2-3 week period of Teaching Practice held at a Language Point partner centre.
What does the Language Point Trinity CertTESOL cover?
The CertTESOL course contains 7 modules of study, taken over 12 weeks.
Course Information at a glance:
Module 0: Course Introduction
Module 1: Language Awareness
Module 2: TESOL Approaches and Methods
Module 3: Guided Observation
Module 4: Learners and Learning
Module 5: Teaching Practice A
Module 6: Teaching Practice B and the Materials Assignment
Why choose us?
We are a Trinity College London validated provider. You'll find our Centre Number located on the Trinity badge at the top of the page. Feel free to check us out here. Click to view larger map and scroll down the list of validated providers.
All of our trainers have a minimum of either a Masters Degree or a Level 7 Diploma in TESOL - which in normal people speak means a postgraduate qualification equal in level to a Masters.
Trinity College London is one of the most widely recognised accreditation bodies in TESOL, and its qualifications are validated by OFQUAL - the UK government's qualification awarding body. This means that the Trinity CertTESOL can be used as evidence of a suitable teaching qualification to help secure work visas in a variety of countries around the world.
The Trinity CertTESOL is an OFQUAL listed Level 5 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. Feel free to check it, or any other qualification, out here and simply search for the Trinity CertTESOL.
Why choose this course?
We're often asked "is the course easy?"
The honest answer is no. If you're looking to grab a quick off the rack TEFL certificate, throw a sarong in your backpack and get on the road, we politely suggest that this is not the course for you.
We'll be up front: the Trinity CertTESOL is a professional qualification and that means you are required to put the work in. It is externally moderated and assessed, which means it is standardised and quality assured.
We've been in the situation where employment visa laws have changed in the country we were in. Suddenly, we were watching people packing their bags and having to leave because their qualifications were no longer at the required threshold to obtain a visa. It's always sad to see people leave before they wanted to, and we've said goodbye to a lot of really amazing people over the years.
Is it worth the work? Yes. As a recognised OFQUAL Level 5 qualification you have the edge, both when it comes to getting a teaching job and in the classroom.
Common things people say
"I'd prefer to do the course face-to-face". As teachers we completely understand that different learners have different needs, and learning approaches. If you feel that online learning is not for you then, not only do we understand, we applaud the educational self-awareness that goes with it. We wish you all the best, have a look here to find a Trinity Registered Centre near you.
"That's expensive". The Trinity CertTESOL is a Level 5 OFQUAL regulated course which you can do from the comfort of your own home, around your scheduled work hours, family and other commitments, anywhere in the world.
You don't have to pay to travel to a centre, rent accommodation in a town with a centre, or give up work to complete it. The course comes to you, with no further outlay.
"I don't want to feel isolated in my studies". You won't be. Each course will have a cohort of a minimum of five trainees. Collaboration and communication is built into the course and you will have a course tutor on hand to guide you through the whole thing.
Still with us? Hats off, we admire your moxie, and look forward to working with you to fulfil your ambitions.