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Is it just another name on the long and confusing list of TEFL qualifications? Let's have a look at what a Trinity course could mean for you!
So you’ve been surfing the net for hours looking for a TEFL course and you’ve come across something called a Trinity Course? No, it’s not a special place you can do a TEFL course; no is TEFL training as scary (or scarily bad) as the film ‘Blade Trinity’.
A Trinity course is simply a TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of other languages) qualification that’s widely recognised because it’s validated by the oldest examinations board in the world - Trinity College London. It’s your passport to teaching across the world.
You’ll often hear the Trinity course being referred to as a ‘Trinity CertTESOL’. This sounds more technical than it really is; it simply stands for The Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Do you want a career in TESOL? Well then Trinity and CELTA are the way to go if you want to get your pick of the best teaching jobs in the world and to advance your career in the long-term.
Although it may be true that you can get a teaching job in some countries without a TEFL certificate, these schools are unlikely to be reputable. And as for paying well..! If you want the best choice of well-paid teaching jobs and do all the preparation you need for teaching English abroad, taking quality training before you go is your best bet.
If you’re over the age of 18, can speak English and have, at the very least, qualifications for entry into higher education in the UK (or equivalent in your own country), then you can take a Trinity course. Unfortunately, not everyone who applies for a Trinity course is successful; all course providers hold selection interviews which boil down to you meeting the above criteria and your overall suitability for a TESOL career.
Don’t worry. Although the Trinity course is one of the best of its breed, this doesn’t mean you’re expected to be a teaching genius from the start! A Trinity CertTESOL is actually designed for students with little or no experience of teaching English.
As it’s ready-mixed for teaching novices, a Trinity course will prepare you for your first teaching job by providing you with all the basic skills and knowledge you need to teach, while cementing the foundations for your career in TESOL.
The Trinity course includes various written assignments and a minimum of six hours’ teaching practice with real students. To pass the course, you’ll need to complete all of these modules successfully.
To find out more about what each of these units covers, check out the Trinity website.
Yes. You can take a range of TESOL qualifications, including:
Read more about Trinity's TESOL qualifications by downloading the free brochure from their website.
Courses last for a minimum of 130 hours and can be completed in as few as four weeks with the full-time course, while the part time course can be taken in any amount of time up to a year. You’ll probably need to do at least 15 hours’ private study on top of this.
Over 110 training private and state institutions all over the world are validated to run the Trinity course. Find a CertTESOL course near you.
When it comes to job hunting you’ll want a decent teaching qualification to wave at potential employers. A Trinity CertTESOL attracts as much respect globally as the Cambridge CELTA, as it’s accredited in England by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and accepted by the British Council as a sound foundation TESOL qualification, so it’s a great certificate to have.
But so too is having a reputable TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certification which is internationally-accredited by the ODLQC(Open and Distance Learning Quality Council), guaranteeing worldwide recognition.
You’re ready to pass on your skills to a class full of eager students in Costa Rica or whichever exotic destination you desire! With such an internationally respected qualification, you'll have the chance to gain some of the best (and best-paid) teaching jobs on the planet.