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The Trinity Accreditation


I found the pre-course task and the recommended reading very helpful. I think having some guidance and preparation in advance really helped me.
CertTESOL trainee, July 2014

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Trinity College London

Trinity College London is an examining board which offers qualifications in language and language teaching, and also offers qualifications in drama and music.

The Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL course was first introduced around 30 years ago. This qualification is fully recognised by the British Council and is one of only two TEFL qualifications that is listed by the British Council as an acceptable introductory teaching qualification that meets their standards and requirements. Many employers and some countries will insist on a certificate like this one to employ you as an ELT teacher.

What is Trinity College London’s role in the Active Language TESOL Course?

Trinity is the body that validates our TESOL course and issues the Certificate in TESOL qualification to teachers.

Any Trinity-validated TESOL course works within guidelines issued by Trinity College London with regards to course content, teaching practice, assignment assessment and support given to trainee teachers.

The Trinity validation guarantees quality and a comprehensive introduction into the world of English teaching. A Trinity qualification provides the credibility that employers require and the recognition teachers need when looking for work. It also reflects the dedication and professionalism you have shown by taking this first step in your teacher development.

Trinity College London also participates in the assessment of candidates in the form of moderation which takes place in the final week of the course.


At the end of each TESOL course a Moderator from Trinity College London visits the centre. He or she samples the work produced by candidates and in an individual interview with each candidate assesses the TESOL Course Materials Assignment. The Moderator also talks to the candidates in their Teaching Practice groups and to the Course Director to get feedback on the TESOL course and to ensure it is being run to Trinity College London standards.

What’s the difference between a Trinity Certificate in TESOL or a CELTA?

Both TESOL courses are postgraduate certificates of education, focused on teaching English as a foreign language.

The Cambridge CELTA qualification is very similar in terms of course structure and content. However, there are some differences. Some of the comparative advantages about the Trinity Certificate in TESOL Course are:

  • The Trinity-validated centres have more flexibility to interpret and adapt the TESOL course within the framework provided, and therefore to better meet the needs of their client base as well as those of the local employment market.

  • Trinity College London also places a strong emphasis on teaching communicative English which is something that we very much favour.

  • The Trinity Certificate in TESOL course assignments are also very practical in their nature which we see as a strength in a pre-service training course.

  • Additionally, and importantly, the Trinity Certificate in TESOL course includes reference to teaching children. This is something which many of our graduate teachers go on to do, in particular those who remain in Andalucia.




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