Cert TESOL teacher training

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An internationally recognised teaching certificate providing you with the theory and practice to teach at home or abroad

The Trinity College CertTESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is one of the two most widely recognised EFL teaching qualifications (English as a Foreign Language). The course includes theory based input sessions covering the essentials such as teaching methodologies, phonetics and grammar together with observed teaching practice to give you the confidence to stand up in front of a class. The final element – external moderation from Trinity College London – validates the course, ensuring it is accepted by most language schools around the world including all British Council accredited schools such as ours.

Course facts

Lessons per week: 35 hours (approximately)
Maximum class size: 
12 trainees*
Course duration: 
4 week intensive course
Course dates: 
4th – 29th March, 23rd September – 18th October 2019 
Pre course preparation: 
Distance learning module provided
Minimum age: 
20 years
Minimum qualifications: 
A-levels/equivalent qualifications or the study potential to achieve these
If you are from outside of Jersey you can stay at our student residence or we can advise on other options
Teaching opportunities at St Brelade’s College following the course and abroad on one of our partnership programmes

* In the unlikely event that the minimum number required to run the course (6) is not reached, you will be contacted prior to the start date to be offered a refund or deferral.

What the course covers

The course itself is very intensive and, at times, stressful. If you are considering the course, we recommend that you have no other commitments to ensure you can fully dedicate yourself for the duration of the four weeks.

The course covers the following elements:

Teaching methods, language awareness and phonetics – This is the theoretical part of the course, taught in a series of daily input sessions. These are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Learning a new foreign language – Gain an insight into the difficulties of learning a foreign language from the learner’s viewpoint. This part of the course introduces an unfamiliar language as well as a variety of teaching methodologies.

Individual student profile – You will be assigned a foreign student of English to profile. The aim is to discover through an in-depth analysis, the various factors, such as mother tongue and/or cultural background which affect the learning situation in the classroom.

Observed teaching practice – Progress from peer teaching to teaching classes of foreign students. The lesson preparation is discussed with tutors, who also observe and assess the lessons & provide feedback and developmental support throughout the course.

Further course details can be found in our CertTESOL course brochure.

Cert TESOL Scholarship Programme

The St Brelade’s College CertTESOL scholarship is aimed at young local people who are looking for an opportunity to teach English and the possibility to work abroad. For a limited number of candidates, we are offering a 50% course fee reduction and an initial 10 week paid contract at our British Council accredited language school.

The following criteria must be met:

  • You must be 18 – 25 years old
  • Scholarship places are limited and in addition to the required academic background to be eligible for the course, you must be able to demonstrate:
    • Why you think you will make a successful teacher
    • Why you enjoy working with students of all ages
    • You are highly motivated and able to cope with the demands of the course
    • You are able to work the necessary 10 weeks, usually during summer
  • We offer a 50% reduction of the course fee (i.e. you pay only £597.50 + £135 Trinity examination fee)
  • On successful completion of the course you must work a minimum 10 weeks for St Brelade’s College for which you will be paid the usual Scale 1 salary
  • In the event that you fail the course, you will not be eligible for a contract and may be asked to pay the remaining course fee (i.e. £597.50)
  • In the event that you complete the course but do not commit to working the 10 week contract you may be asked to pay the remaining course fee

Further details can be found in our scholarship programme brochure. If you are interested in applying for the scheme, please complete our application form, stating that you would like to take part in the programme.

Job prospects in TEFL

With the advance of globalisation, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is now a £bn international industry. There is no doubt that demand for qualified teachers locally and around the world is high, presenting a unique opportunity to gain real teaching experience in a relatively short time.

Whether you are looking for a career change, considering mainstream teaching or unsure of your future career path – completing a TESOL course at St Brelade’s College offers numerous possibilities.

Firstly, we provide successful trainees with the opportunity to teach at our summer school, where we provide support, continual professional development and access to our tried and tested teaching resources. We also provide guidance into teaching posts abroad.