Trinity CertTESOL

Our Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) course provides an internationally-recognised teaching qualification in just four weeks.

The Trinity CertTESOL is accredited at level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

Why chose the Trinity CertTESOL?

- The Trinity Cert TESOL is an internationally-recognised teaching qualification for teaching English to speakers of other languages.
- It is recognised by the British Council and by language schools worldwide as a suitable initial qualification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).
- Designed for those who have little or no experience of teaching English in the contemporary language classroom, and who would like to gain a recognised qualification.
- A recognised TESOL qualification opens up a world of opportunities. For example, you can go abroad to teach in the Far East, Latin and Central America and Europe. Alternatively, you may wish to stay in the UK and find teaching work. Websites such as and show what jobs are available.
- Only Trinity CertTESOL and Cambridge CELTA are recognised worldwide as suitable qualifications to teach English as a foreign or second language.

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for those with no experience of teaching. However, in order to join the course, you must meet the following requirements:

- Minimum age: 18
- Education and qualifications: preferably a degree; two or more A-levels grade C and above
- Competence 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.
- Willingness to work cooperatively as a member of the training group and respond constructively to feedback on personal performance
- Potential for combined study including language description and analysis, and also rigorous practical training

Please note: The course is an intensive four weeks with a minimum of 120 hours of training. You should also bear in mind that a further minimum of 80 hours is needed in the evenings and at weekends for the required reading, research, written assignments and lesson preparation. You are strongly advised NOT to undertake any other commitments during the four-week course.

Course content

During the course, you will complete:

 - Six hours of observed teaching practice - with real learners of English, including evaluation and feedback - followed by feedback with a qualified trainer
- Four hours of observation of ESOL teaching by experienced teachers
- Lesson plan practice with self-and tutor-evaluation and feedback
- Spoken and written language practice with study of grammar and phonology and how to build them into your teaching
- Needs analysis for learners, including preparation of a simple linguistic profile of an individual learner
- Experience of learning an unknown language that will help you to reflect on the beginner English language learner’s point of view

The main course content is delivered and assessed through five units: 

- Teaching skills 

- Language awareness

- Learner profile 

- Materials assignment 

- Unknown language 

More information about the course content can be found here:


    Recent graduates may be eligible to apply for a British Council training grant to cover 50% of the cost of tuition fees. For more information visit

    People who have been made redundant and want to retrain may qualify for REACT funding.

    For more information visit

    Frequently asked questions

    Please read our FAQ about the Trinity CertTESOL.

    Recommend reading list

    This is our recommended reading list for the course.

    Course dates 2018

    4th to 29th June 2018

    23rd July to 17th August 2018

    Course fees

Name Price h/week Level
Trinity CertTESOL £1300 40 hours per week Level 5 NFQ

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