Trinity CertTESOL FAQs

Got some burning questions about the Trinity CertTESOL qualification that you need answers to? We’re here for you! We’ve included a list of the most popular Trinity CertTESOL FAQs below and provided all the information you need!

Q: Can I do the Trinity CertTESOL course if I'm not a native English speaker?

Yes, you can! About 50% of the trainees on our course are non-native English speakers. They make a tremendous contribution in terms of their knowledge of English grammar and empathy with the problems that English learners face.

Q: Are there any requirements to be able to enrol on the Trinity CertTESOL course?

To enrol on the course, you must:

  • Be 18+ years old
  • Possess a qualification that is a high enough level to enter higher education in your home country (such as Level 3 or A Levels in the UK)
  • Have English proficiency of CEFR C1 (or similar)
  • Pass an application and interview process (for more info check out our Trinity CertTESOL webpage)

Q: Who is this course suitable for?

Anyone who wants to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)/Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in non-English-speaking countries AND English-speaking countries, and anyone who wants to make it into a long-term career. This includes:

  • Gap year students
  • Aspiring teachers
  • Career changers
  • Current teachers
  • University graduates
  • Those who want to live or work abroad
  • Those who want to work from home

Q: How do you gain practical experience on the Trinity CertTESOL course?

The teaching practice/practical experience is part of the course, and we will organise finding you students to teach. You’ll have live sessions with these students to practise your skills, at regular intervals, and you’ll receive feedback from a supportive and skilled tutor, so you can keep improving!

Q: How many other people are on the course?

You’ll be part of a cohort of up to 14 other teachers on the course. As all your lectures are timetabled, you’ll get to know your cohort really well and be able to share ideas, help each other learn, and build your network of TEFL/TESOL teacher contacts while you study. Having a support network of other teachers is very important when you’re starting out, as you’ll be able to encourage each other through everything, from job applications to first-day nerves! When you’re working as teachers, you’ll also be able to share any lessons plans you create or great resources you find, which will significantly cut down your prep time for classes!

Q: Will an online Trinity CertTESOL course prepare me for teaching in a physical classroom?

Yes. Our online course is specifically designed by Trinity College London for beginner TEFL teachers and the training you receive will prepare you for both classroom-based and online teaching jobs. Throughout the course we make reference to both modes of delivery, so that by the time you complete the course you will be fully equipped to work in either setting.

Q: What is the difference between Trinity CertTESOL and CELTA?

The courses are very similar.  They lead to the same level of qualification (Level 5 on Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework) and both are recognised and respected internationally, but the Trinity CertTESOL offers more flexibility and can be better tailored to the needs of aspiring TEFL teachers (e.g. you can study part-time around your existing schedule).

Q: Is it easy to find work after completing the course?

Yes, most Trinity CertTESOL graduates find work within weeks of completing their course. Once you are suitably qualified, you will find there is plenty of demand for your skills. You then have the choice of teaching online, working from home or as a digital nomad, or teaching face-to-face in the UK (or other English-speaking countries) or overseas. If you want to work overseas, it’s worth focusing on the latest hotspots; East Asia and South America are good choices. If you decide to complete your TESOL training with us, we will also help you find work through our network of international employer contacts that we have built up over the years.

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