|FAQ for Trinity's CertTEFL Course|
|1. What is the difference between Trinity´s CertTEFL and CELTA?|
Both certificates are accepted by the British Council as initial TESOL qualifications for teachers. Though alike in its content, form of delivery and evaluation, in terms of more exact components and types of moderation and assessment the two courses are different. Trinity lays great stress on reflective journal writing, professional advancement and self-evaluation for trainees.
2. Why choose the Trinity CertTEFL?
The Trinity CertTESOL is one of the most generally recognized and highly regarded initial TESOL qualifications. Any potential employer, if they have any knowledge at all of English as a foreign language, will know the Trinity CertTESOL. Additionally, the courses are validated, and syllabus and assessment criteria are fixed, by Trinity College London. This guarantees quality control in many areas.
3. Is the CertTEFL recognised internationally?
As the Trinity CertTESOL is recognised by the British Council for teaching English as a Second Language (ESOL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) it is an internationally accepted qualification in both the public and private sectors. Additionally the qualification is accredited as Level 4 with the British Government´s Department of Education and is consequently recognized internationally.
4. Is a university degree necessary to take the course?
You do not have to be a graduate but it is preferred. At the same time as the course is fundamentally practical, it is better for applicants to have formal qualifications which would permit entry into higher education in order to deal with the academic side of the course. In some cases, work experience may be accepted in place of qualifications. Your application will eventually be judged on whether you are skilled and motivated enough to meet the demands of the course.
5. Is there age limit?
There is no upper age limit, but all applicants have to be at least 21 years old. While most of trainees who take the course are in their 20's and 30's, individuals of all ages teach English. A number of employers may prefer younger teachers, even as others tend to prefer more 'mature' teachers who can bring the advantage of business or professional experience to their lessons.
6. Can I take the course if English is not my first language?
You need not have English as your first language provided that your awareness and competence in written and spoken English enables you to follow the course without obstruction. Your capability of speaking and writing English precisely and efficiently enough to be a teacher of English will be evaluated in your application form and interview. Keep in mind that a lot of employers have a strong preference for native speakers.
7. Do I need to be able to speak a foreign language?
The TESOL programme uses the universally established Communicative Approach in teacher training, where English is the only language used in the classroom for all levels of foreign language students taught.