Trinity CertTESOL Course Description

The Trinity CertTESOL is an internationally recognised TEFL certificate and one of the top qualifications you can get as a new teacher.

For a complete description of our syllabus and assessment guidelines see the Trinity CertTESOL course syllabus (PDF, opens in a new window).

Course timetable

Time Activity Description
09.00 – 10.15 Input session 1 Every morning you have a lesson, covering all the methodology, language awareness and techniques you need to know to be an English teacher
10.15 – 10.30 Break Tea, coffee and biscuits!
10.30 – 11.30 Input session 2 Similar format to input session 1
11.30 – 13.00 Lesson preparation Time to review your lesson plans with the tutor
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 – 16.00 Teaching practice Carry out your prepared lesson with real students
16.00 – 16.30 Self evaluation Reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of your lesson and update your teaching practice portfolio
16.30 – 17.15 Feedback Discussion of the class with your peers and tutor
17.15 – 17.45 Lesson preparation overview A look at the content for the next day’s teaching practice

Before the course

We send you a pack of pre-course reading material and tasks in order to prepare you for the course. This is designed to raise your awareness of grammar and teaching methodology and takes about 10 hours of study to complete. You’ll find that you feel a lot more confident in your first few lessons if you prepare correctly! It is especially useful if you haven’t studied for a while or you want to brush up on your grammar. This is a free, 10-hour mini course included when you sign up.

If you are travelling from abroad you may also be interested in taking advantage of our accommodation service. If you are not from the EU you may be interested in processing a student visa.

Class observation

You will observe senior teachers to get an idea of how things work in the classroom. Over the duration of the course you will see how to teach speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and fluency, to students of different ages and levels. You will carry out a series of observation tasks of both the course tutors and your peers in order to highlight various teaching skills and techniques.

Teaching Practice

The best way to learn is by doing it yourself! You will have the opportunity to teach real learners using only English (no foreign language knowledge required) from day one of the course. You are ‘thrown in at the deep end’ and you will go on to complete 6+ hours of teaching practice with real language learners. Your progress as a teacher will be closely monitored throughout the course by our experienced teacher trainers and you will be given feedback after every lesson. You will teach students of 3 different levels (beginner, elementary and upper-intermediate) and different groups sizes (4-10 students), in order to make your experience as varied as possible. You’ll also teach two private lessons with the same student in order to analyse their strengths and weaknesses, which will form part of your Learner Profile assignment (see below).

Lesson Preparation

We train you to prepare fun and engaging classes. Our tutors will show you how to structure an effective lesson and create high-quality teaching material. There are a plethora of resources available and you’ll learn how to use them to create effective activities for communicative, student-centred lessons.

Grammar & Language Awareness

A good TEFL teacher knows the English grammar inside out. We’ll teach you to deconstruct the English language so you can teach it in a meaningful way. Our grammar tutorials move at a comfortable pace and the concepts are explained in the simplest way possible, with extra help available for those who aren’t as confident.

Methodology Tutorials

There are a number of commonly used methodologies and approaches in mainstream TEFL. We give practical and video examples to show you the pros and cons of each methodology, allowing you to critically analyse them. Backed up with real teaching practice over the course, we encourage and embolden you to develop your own teaching style.

Peer and Tutor Feedback

All of your classes are observed by one of our tutors and a small group of your fellow trainee teachers. This may sound daunting but the atmosphere is fun and relaxed, and allows you to observe what works and doesn’t work in the classroom and learn from your peers. You’ll learn how to self-evaluate and evaluate other teacher’s lessons. After each class you’ll receive constructive feedback of the teaching session from your tutor.

Learning an Unknown Language

One skill of a good teacher is the ability to empathise with the learner, i.e. put yourself in the shoes of a language learner. For this reason you will ‘experience it from the other side’ and take 4 short lessons in an unknown foreign language, with no recourse to English. In the past we’ve had Polish, Arabic, Tagalog and Dutch; you’ll see it’s not too difficult!

Teaching in the 21st Century

The traditional classroom is changing and we want you to be prepared. All of our classrooms are equipped with modern interactive whiteboards and audio-visual equipment, so we encourage you to be as creative as possible in creating interactive and engaging lessons.

CV Preparation and Job Finding Workshop

You will be given expert advice on writing a high-quality CV aimed specifically at finding a teaching job. You will also receive guidance and access to a wealth of resources on job searching as well as interview preparation and practice. See our careers service for more information.

Lifetime job support

Our academy is the partner school for Languages4life, a well-established language academy in Barcelona. Teachers are hired exclusively from our course so all our graduates are kept on file and the best ones put forward for job opportunities. Click here for graduate testimonials.

Assessment

You are assessed on the following:

  • Teaching practice and self evaluation – your teaching skills and ability to reflect on your and your peers’ performance is carefully monitored throughout the course.
  • Learner profile assignment – you will teach two private lessons to the same student and develop a case study of their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Materials assignment – you will produce your own teaching material and evaluate its effectiveness.
  • Language awareness exam – a 90 minute exam at the end of the course to evaluate your knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and phonology.

For detailed information on our assessment guidelines you can download the Trinity CertTESOL Course Syllabus here.

Optional Spanish Lessons

Take advantage of your time in Spain and learn Spanish, with our partner school Languages4life. Please enquire separately at the application stage.