As a pre-service qualification, through the CertTESOL course you’ll learn how to teach English and so you don’t need to have any previous experience of teaching.
Many people for whom English is a first language or those who have acquired English informally feel that their grammatical knowledge is poor: “I speak the language but I can’t explain why. How can I teach it?” is a common concern.
We are unique in offering a pre-CertTESOL Language Awareness course to help prepare you, should you feel you need it, in addition to the required 20 hour pre-course task. This course is available on payment of the 400€ deposit and we strongly recommend that all trainees complete it before starting the course. It will take you through the basics of English grammar and phonology and help to prepare you for the exam you will take to assess Unit 2: Language Awareness. You will also learn more about language and grammar as you move through the CertTESOL course.
You do not need to have a university degree, to speak English as your first language, to speak a foreign language, or to have any previous teaching experience.
To be considered for this course, you will need to:
– be at least 18 years old
– be educated to the standard required for entry into higher education
– be in good enough physical and mental health to deal with the demands of an intensive training course
– have a minimum C1 level of English. As your level of English will be assessed through the interview, we do not require you to hold a certificate but do accept the following: Trinity ISE III or GESE 10, Cambridge CAE or CPE, IELTS 7.5 or TOEFL 105. In fact, approximately 40% of our recent graduates from the CertTESOL speak English as a second or third language
– demonstrate your ability to cope with the academic demands of the course. There will be a short written assignment to complete following your interview
As an intensive course, you will spend around 6 hours each day in our centre in the heart of Cádiz, teaching or observing your peers and tutors, or participating in input sessions.
Throughout the course, you will attend practical training sessions, led by our team of experienced CertTESOL tutors. During these training sessions, you will work in pairs and small groups and collaborate to see transferable techniques and skills to use in the classroom. We believe in learning through involvement and many sessions will involve a workshop approach, where your tutor acts as a ‘facilitator’ rather than as a lecturer.
As part of the course timetable, there will be time dedicated to supporting you in your lesson planning and the reflection process of teaching, and you will also spend around 10-15 hours a week outside of the course timetable planning your lessons and preparing assignments.
Teaching practice is the heart of the course where you will teach real students. You will teach a minimum of 6 hours and will work in small groups with a tutor who will guide you through each lesson encouraging increased independence as you move through the course. Your tutor will give you support planning your classes, observe the lesson and give you feedback. You will also spend a significant amount of time observing your colleagues, providing you with the opportunity to learn from each other.
Over the five weeks you will teach two levels giving you a broad set of experiences. You will also observe a minimum of four hours’ of lessons delivered by experienced teachers. These will include observing your tutors teaching the learners you’ll work with on the course, as well as pre-recorded lessons.
Teaching practice is where you grow as a teacher. By the end of the course you’ll feel confident in planning, delivering and reflecting on teaching. You’ll learn through both your tutors and your colleagues and put into practice what you learn.
Here at Active Language we’ve been training teachers on the CertTESOL course since 2005, so you’re in experienced hands.
The CertTESOL course will give you the skills and understanding you need to be confident of accessing good jobs and to be confident in any classroom in the world whether that is a physical or an online classroom.
Reputable organisations, such as the Britich Council, will only accept accredited teaching qualifications and the Trinity Certificate in TESOL is one of the two main qualifications which are accepted worldwide. There are a bewildering number of TEFL, TESOL or CELTA courses available and it can be difficult to see the differences between them.
TESOL stands for ‘Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages’ and TEFL stands for ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’ they are generic names for the same thing rather than courses. The Trinity CertTESOL is an official qualification in TEFL provided by Trinity College London. CELTA is accredited by Cambridge University and enjoys equal standing to the Trinity CertTESOL. There are many other courses available too, though they vary wildly in cost, depth and, importantly, recognition within the profession.
With our Trinity CertTESOL you are getting international accreditation and an internationally recognised certificate you can be proud of as well as live tutor time in small groups, teaching practice with real students, a personal approach and on-going, career-long support.
The course is delivered and assessed through five units. The work for Units 1, 2, 3 and 5 is marked by your tutors and checked by a member of the Trinity moderation panel at the end of every course. The moderator externally assesses the work for Unit 4.
The units are as follows and rest assured, the tutors are here to help you every step of the way. A large factor in our high pass rate is the dedication and professionalism of the training team. The tutors’ job is to help you through the course.
Unit 1: Teaching Skills – assessed through your tutors’ evaluations, your teaching journal and reflections. Professional awareness and development are also evaluated as part of Unit 1.
Unit 2: Language Awareness – including grammar, lexis and phonology, assessed through a short exam. Our unique pre-course Language Awareness course will help you prepare thoroughly for the exam, as well as setting you in good stead for teaching grammar, lexis and phonology during your observed lessons.
Unit 3: Learner Profile – assessed through your evaluation of an individual learner’s strengths and weaknesses and a series of planned lessons for that learner.
Unit 4: Materials Assignment – assessed through a written rationale and evaluation of a piece of teaching material and an interview with the Trinity moderator
Unit 5: Unknown Language Journal – assessed through a reflective journal following four hours spent learning an unknown language.
Please click here to download the full syllabus from the Trinity College London website.
People coming from outside the European Union (including the Schengen Zone) need to make sure they have the correct documentation to cover them for their time in Spain.
The situation changes from country to country and from time to time and all the information here is correct at the point of publishing. Pease do check the situation with the Spanish embassy or consulate closest to you and do be in contact with us with any questions you might have.
Many people come in with just a tourist visa and the length of their stay depends on where they have come from, typically, people can stay for 90 days before any extra visa requirements come into play. With a tourist visa you cannot sign an employment contract so will be unable to access most jobs.
Other people come into Spain with a student visa, which you will need to apply for in your own country before you come. We can supply any documentation necessary to support your application for a student visa. Please do consult with us before you make your application as we will be able to advise and help you through the process. You should also be aware that the process can take some significant time, you should apply in good time and check locally how long the process is likely to take. With a student visa you can work for up to 20 hours a week. While 20 hours a week doesn’t sound like a great deal, a full time teaching position is generally 24 hours a week, so it provides a living wage. You can then stay until the end of your employment contract even if (as is usually the case)
A very small number of people are able to enter Spain with a full working visa. This is very unusual and requires very specific skills in certain sectors. Theoretically, you and your potential employer need to prove that there is no-one within the EU who can do the job; possible but difficult. The process is also long and expensive. All these factors combined make it an unlikely option.
These are general guidelines, please do consult with us before making any decisions and we will help you through the process.
As soon as you have completed the qualification you’ll be able to start teaching and with the CertTESOL, you should have your pick of the jobs.
There is a huge demand for English teachers both worldwide and online, it is a global growth industry in our connected, international world. Millions of people all over the world need to learn English and there are a huge number of different opportunities and different ways to work. We will help you during and after our courses to be successful in the TEFL job market.
There are two main ways teachers work, often combining the two. Many teachers work in private language schools, teaching adult or young learner students around the world. Others teach online and the online teaching market is the biggest growth area internationally within our profession. Teachers can work online from anywhere in the world, often having students from many different countries. Teachers are increasingly combining work in the physical classroom with online teaching to create their own ideal balance.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded the certified level 5-teaching qualification from Trinity College London that will give you the upper hand when searching for teaching positions worldwide. You’ll also receive a full Trinity Report to give your applications in-depth information. Your potential employers can also contact us for references.
Most people who do the Trinity CertTESOL with us do so to help them find work whether that be their first teaching job or a better job than they currently have access to. An integral part of our job is to help you find the best job for you whether that’s working online, in-class or a
mixture, whether it’s in Spain or anywhere in the world. The Trinity CertTESOL is recognized and accepted by ALL relevant employers.
The Careers Service is there to help you on your journey and is available to you during and after the course, whenever you need it during your English teaching career. During the course you’ll receive guidance on how and where to apply for TEFL jobs worldwide and online as well as the opportunity to talk about your personal situation one-to-one. You’ll get tips on CV-writing to help you prepare a new resume that is fit for purpose, as well as interview preparation and links to jobs.
Active Language is regularly contacted by employers specifically interested in reaching graduates from our courses. We collaborate with these employers and help you find a job by putting you in contact with them.
Continuing professional development is an important part of teaching. As a graduate you automatically enjoy a year’s free membership to “the TEFL Development Hub”, a members-only online community where you can access insights from English teaching professionals around the world.
You can also take advantage of exclusive discounts on our teacher development courses to deepen your knowledge and qualification in a number of different ways. We are always here for you, it’s a commitment we make to all graduates, we pride ourselves on our ongoing relationships with the teachers we train.
First, complete our application form. We will check your application and get in touch to organise your interview which will take place on Zoom or in the centre if you are already in the area.
During the interview, we will ask you about your motivations for doing the course, your teaching and learning experience, your plans after the course and your expectations of the course. We will also complete a short language awareness exercise. Our aim is to make sure that the course is the right course for you to do. If accepted, you will receive a full place offer and information about how to secure your place on the course via email.
After paying your deposit, you’ll be given access to our unique Language Awareness course, which we strongly recommend all trainees complete before starting the CertTESOL course. You will also be sent access to our online pre-course task. This is based on the required reading of the course, Trinity CertTESOL Companion (J, Anderson, DELTA Teacher Education and Preparation 2017). This book will give you a comprehensive background to the five assessed units of the course.
The course price is 1500€, but if you pay in full two weeks before the start date of the course, we’ll give you a 100€ discount.
You can also apply for a scholarship, as we offer a 750€ scholarship on each of our 5-week courses. Read more details about the scholarship programme on our blog.
We can organise accommodation for your five-week stay in Cádiz and will discuss your accommdation requirements during the interview. You will stay within easy walking distance of the school, either with other course trainees or with a local resident.
Please note that accommodation cannot be confirmed until the full course fees and full accommodation fees have been paid.
The nearest airport is in Jerez de la Frontera, though this is a relatively small airport. If you fly here, you can get a taxi from the airport to Jerez train station and frm their catch the Cercanías train (a local train service) into Cádiz.
You can also fly to Sevilla or Málaga. In Sevilla, there is a bus service which takes you to the central train station and in Málaga, there is a metro which runs from the airport to the train station. You can find details of trains from either city to Cádiz here.
The train station in Cádiz is located on the edge of the old town. If you choose to book accommodation through us, we will send you the address and let you know the best way to get there.