Trinity Cert TESOL
Hrs per week:
35 (All Year Round)
Cert TESOL Course overview
As one of only 2 internationally accepted and recognised TEFL qualifications, the Trinity CertTESOL will give you what you need to secure employment in English language schools globally. This is not a weekend or taster course so you will actually be qualified at the end of your course and you will have the necessary skills and confidence to begin teaching English immediately.
The NWA CertTESOL is a preliminary TEFL qualification which is recognised globally and fully accredited by the British Council. We run 4-week intensive courses leading to the award of the Certificate at our premises in the centre of Derry, Northern Ireland.
When you are here, you will learn how to teach English to speakers of other languages. Naturally this will involve learning about the different methodologies involved in teaching EFL / ESL but you will also learn about grammar, phonetics and a range of issues surrounding the EFL industry.
Many trainees assume that much of the course will be about grammar and indeed many are put off doing the course because they feel their grammar is poor. In reality, the course focuses on a communicative approach to teaching so classroom teaching techniques and the Teaching Practice you do will be considered more important.
Unlike many “online” or “weekend” TEFL courses, the Trinity course involves at least 6 hours of Teaching Practice. This means you will stand up in front of and teach classes of real learners while you are here. Since the object of the course is to prepare you to go out into the world and teach, this component of the course is heavily weighted and indeed you must pass this component to be awarded the certificate.
NWA trainees usually start off teaching half hour classes before progressing to a full hour later in the course. Before teaching a class by yourself, you will observe experienced teachers in action and be guided in preparing for your own lessons.
By the end of this course, participants will have gained:
- A fundamental understanding of how foreign languages are learned, how the core aspects of language learning fit together and how this learning process can be facilitated effectively by a teacher.
- A foundation in language teaching practice that will enable them to foster in their learners the development of skills, the learning of structure and lexis and the ability to communicate effectively in English.
- Sufficient awareness of the structural, lexical, phonological and discursive features of English as a foreign language to be able to inform language learners about these features.
- The critical and creative thinking skills to evaluate learners’ needs effectively, plan a programme of study and the individual lessons within that programme and formulate aims suitable for either individual tuition or group learning.
- The ability to deliver classroom lessons so as to facilitate achievement of learning aims among learners effectively.
- The ability to engage, interest and stimulate learners during lessons and to make them the centre of the learning process itself.
- The necessary skills to enable them to become reflective practitioners, able to self-evaluate, self-appraise and develop professionally as teachers.
- The ability to find, adapt and create materials to use when teaching as well as the knowledge of different teaching resources and how these can be used effectively to facilitate learning.
- A resource bank of practical teaching techniques, strategies and activity types, that will assist them in their role as a teacher of English in the future.
- An awareness of their future role as teaching professionals operating as part of a team within a language learning institution.
- A realistic understanding of their own future learning needs as newly-qualified teachers, how these can be met and how they can best pursue their continuing professional development autonomously.
- The ability to actively seek employment as a qualified teacher of English, aware of both their own needs and competencies as a newly-qualified teacher and how to access employment opportunities through written and online media.
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 throughout:
Unit 2 : Language awareness including grammar and phonology, assessed throughout:
Unit 3 : Learner profile, assessed throughout:
Unit 4 : Materials assignment, assessed throughout:
Unit 5 : Unknown language, assessed throughout:
Lessons per week: 40 hours per week
Avialable: 3 times per year. Dates to be confirmed every January
Duration: 4 weeks
Levels: C1+ (accredited by recognised exam board) for non-native speakers
Time of Classes: 9.00-17.30 (1 hour lunch break)
Non teaching dates: The North West Academy is open for the majority of public holidays. We will always endeavour to accommodate groups, whatever time of the year, and any loss of teaching hours will be compensated.
Max class size: 12
Entrance to the Trinity College London CertTESOL is open to all native and non-native speakers of English who have University entrance qualifications in their own country and are competent 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. They need to provide proof that they are at C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in all of the 4 skills: speaking; listening; reading; writing.
Minimum age: 18 on the first day of the course.
Course PRICE: £1050 (discounted rates often available)