The Trinity TESOL Qualification
Trinity TESOL qualification is one of the
most popular routes into ESL
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Awarded by Trinity College London, and accredited by the National
Qualifications Framework (the body that regulates all major
qualifications in the UK), it is now a level 5 qualification. This
means that it is considered to be the equivalent of the first year of
Before talking about the qualification, let's look at the main
qualification routes to teaching English as a foreign language in the
UK as this is relevant to other parts of the article.
EFL vs ESOL
There are two kinds of teaching English as a foreign language in the UK:
a Foreign Language), which
means teaching people who do not live in the UK permanently.
of Other Languages), which is
for people who are living in the UK.
These two kinds of English teaching have different qualification routes.
To teach in EFL, you need:
- The CertTESOL
(The Trinity Certificate
of Other Languages)
- A Cambridge
in English Language Teaching to Adults)
After you have been teaching for 1-2 years, these can be followed by:
- A Trinity
Cambridge DELTA (Diploma
in English Language Teaching to Adults)
To teach in ESOL you will need:
- The Diploma
to Teach in
usually with a subject specialism in ESOL.
Why is the Trinity CertTESOL a good qualification
Apart from the fact that this qualification includes all the elements
which are essential for new teachers to cover in a course, it is
recognized all over the
The CertTESOL is one of only two qualifications at this level that are
recognized by the British Council.
It also exempts students from part of the Diploma to Teach in the
Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), which is the recognized qualification
to teach ESOL in the public sector in the UK.
What does the course cover?
The Trinity TESOL qualification, unlike shorter courses, covers a
combination of all essential elements.
- It is designed for people with little or no
experience of teaching, and includes teaching practice with real
- This is followed by peer and supervisor
feedback. There are also some formal lesson observations.
- You will also cover some grammar study and
taught some teaching methods and how to use grammar teaching in your
- Moreover, you will be provided with
lesson planning guidelines and practice.
The course will provide many opportunities for you to reflect on and
evaluate your own work and that of your classmates.
- You will also learn how to analyze students'
needs, and you will prepare a profile of a learner as part of your
This is a great opportunity to do something many shorter courses do not
- Finally, the Trinity TESOL will include
experience of learning an unknown language.
This is so you can appreciate the issues that beginners face when
What further qualifications are available?
If you have completed the CertTESOL and have a minimum of one year's
full time teaching experience, then you can take the Trinity TESOL
Diploma, or you can transfer to a DTLLS course and qualify to teach
ESOL rather than EFL.
Where can this course be taken?
The Trinity TESOL qualification can be taken in locations around the
Many institutions who offer the course may also offer
you have completed the course, and this is definitely a big advantage.
If you are trying to find somewhere to study for this qualification
then bear in mind that if you are studying abroad you may have to fund
living costs as well as tuition fees.
Some places include these in their pricing structure but not all of
them, so be careful.
With the Trinity TESOL qualification the world is your oyster.
You can travel almost anywhere in the world to work (depending on visa
requirements of course), experience many cultures, and meet some
You can also work in your home country if that's what you would prefer
Whether you decide to teach adults, young people, or children, and
wherever you decide to teach them, the Trinity TESOL qualification will
give you a great foundation to build on.