Trinity CertTESOL Course
At British Study Centres Brighton, we offer a 4-week intensive course designed to be a firm foundation and springboard for those wishing to teach. It is also suitable for those who have some teaching experience but need to gain a recognised qualification.
We are committed to providing a service guaranteed to meet your needs. All our trainers are highly-qualified and have a wealth of experience, both in the UK and overseas. We aim to prepare trainees for work in the profession by giving an excellent service within a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. All courses are externally moderated by a Trinity moderator.
What Is Special About This Course?
Our course provides a finely-tuned balance of the all elements that a teacher coming into this industry will need. It is an up-to-date course delivered by some of the most enthusiastic, committed and supportive tutors you will find.
Our school is not only newly-renovated, well-resourced and a pleasant training environment, it is also a real, thriving workplace where you will experience the reality of teaching. What's more, it is also set in the beautiful, buzzing city of Brighton and Hove.
No previous teaching experience is required.
- Candidates should be 18 or over by the start of the course. All candidates need to demonstrate sufficient maturity and personal qualities to be able to complete the programme effectively.
- Candidates should have a good standard of education, e.g. university entrance as a minimum and have an awareness and competence in written and spoken English to enable them to follow the course.
- Non-native speakers are required to have proof of their language competence. The level required as a minimum is IELTS score of 7, TOEFL 600, Cambridge ESOL Advanced Certificate or equivalent.
The training equips trainees with the essential skills and knowledge needed to take up posts as EFL/ESOL teachers and gives them a firm foundation for self-evaluation and further professional development.
By the end of the course, successful trainees will:
- understand the main features of English including grammar, lexis and phonology
- understand the learning needs of different types of students
- be able to design clear lesson plans with appropriate methods
- be able to design simple teaching resources and evaluate and modify published resources
- be familiar with some of the more popular published materials on offer
- be confident with the main teaching tools including whiteboard, OHP and computers
- be able to create rapport with students and manage a class effectively
- know how to find a job in this field
On the course you are expected to think and behave as a professional TEFL teacher, working as a member of a team in a communicative profession. You will need to take responsibility for your work in and outside the EFL classroom. The course will be demanding but very rewarding. As the saying goes, 'the more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it!'
This is on a continuous basis in all areas of the syllabus. Particular emphasis is given to teaching appropriate lessons effectively and to fostering effective learning. Your tutorials will tell you exactly where you are on the course so you will know what you need to do. Final grades are in negotiation with an external assessor from Trinity. You will be awarded either a pass or fail by Trinity, though BSC will award more detailed grading based on three passing grades - C (Pass), B (Merit) and A (Distinction).
|Start dates||See Fees & Dates|
|Course duration||4 weeks|
|Class times||09:00-17:00, Mon-Thu|
|Lessons per week||38|
|Lesson duration||60 minutes|
The British Council has launched the English Teaching Graduate Scheme that will support unemployed graduates to become English teachers overseas and encourage young people from the UK to apply for teacher training grants.
Successful applicants will receive a British Council EFL teacher training grant for 50% course fee of Cambridge CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL.
For further information about the graduate scheme and how to apply, please see the British Council's TeachingEnglish website.
More About CertTESOL
For more information on Trinity courses, please go to Trinity College London website.
There are the five units in our Trinity CertTESOL. Please see the sample timetable below for more details.
Unit 1: Teaching skills
In the Teaching Skills unit of the course you will learn about and put into practice contemporary TESOL approaches, methodologies and classroom management skills appropriate to teaching English as a second language to at least two different levels of students. You will use a variety of materials and teaching aids, including course books, authentic material and self-generated material, thereby learning to teach in a variety of interesting ways. You will learn to assess your strengths, weaknesses and development as a teacher and assist in the evaluation of your fellow trainees.
By the end of the course you will have had 6 hours teaching experience and the chance to observe our expert EFL teachers in their classes for at least 4 hours over the course. This will show you best EFL practice in action, and give you lots of ideas for your own teaching.
Unit 2: Language Awareness
You will learn to understand and analyse language in terms of its linguistic form, function and meaning so that you can explain it clearly to your students. You'll also study phonology, so you will have lots of techniques to help your EFL students sound more natural in English.
If you are not very confident with your grammar awareness we've got lots of materials to help you get to grips it. You are also strongly encouraged to self-study before the course begins and we provide a pre-course task to assist you in this process. Language awareness is a very important part of any TEFL course.
Unit 3: The Learner Profile
For this assignment you will work closely with one EFL student, drawing up a profile of this student's learning background, needs and interests, as well as their strengths, weaknesses and particular errors in English. You will prepare and teach 2 one-to-one lessons to your student, where you will be able to apply the phonology and language theory learnt throughout Unit 2. You will gain an understanding of the particular requirements of teaching one-to-one students with this assignment.
Unit 4: The Materials Assignment
This one of the most enjoyable elements of the course. You'll have a chance to begin to learn a new language and think of the issues and challenges of being an adult beginner. It will also give you the opportunity to experience essential classroom techniques to use when teaching EFL to beginners.
Unit 5: The Unknown Language
This is one of the most enjoyable elements of the course. You'll have a chance to begin to learn a new language and think of the issues and challenges of being an adult beginner. It will also give you the opportunity to experience essential classroom techniques to use when teaching EFL to beginners.
|09:00-10:30||Introduction to the course||E.S.A
A model for teaching
The phonemic chart
|10:45-12:15||Getting to know you||Resources & planning lessons||Set up ULJ||Vocabulary & lexis||Drilling|
|Unknown language||Unknown language|
|12:30-13:30||What makes a good teacher||Guidance for lesson planning||Guidance for lesson planning||Guidance for lesson planning||Teaching functional English|
|14:15-15:15||Observe class||Teaching Practice||Teaching Practice||Teaching Practice||Prep for learner profile including needs analysis, learner styles and teaching 1-1|
|15:15-16:15||Observe class||Teaching Practice||Teaching Practice||Teaching Practice|