Trinity Cert TESOL

Hrs per week:
35 (All Year Round)



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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.

Course Aims

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.

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 throughout:
  • 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 throughout:
  • A test or practical project
  • Ongoing use of spoken and written English
Unit 3 : Learner profile, assessed throughout:
  • 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 throughout:
  • Written rationale for the development of one piece of teaching material
  • Written evaluation of use of this in classroom teaching
  • 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 throughout:
  • 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

Course Details

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

Entry Requirements

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)