Frequently Asked Questions
Trinity Cert TESOL
- What do the acronyms TESOL and TEFL stand for?
Essentially they are acronyms referring to the same area of education: TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
- Will the Trinity Cert TESOL help me get a job?
There is a shortage of qualified EFL teachers abroad, so completion of the course should provide you with excellent employment prospects in the current marketplace.
- Do you help trainees to find their first teaching jobs?
During the course there is input on finding an appropriate first teaching position and subsequent career development. Additionally, tutors offer a free post-course reference service and give general guidance on CV-writing, employment websites and specific jobs.
Oxford International Teacher Training has built up links to schools and education agencies in different countries around the world. We can currently assist with finding work teaching in China, Japan, Russia, Mexico and Spain.
- What other opportunities are available to me after the course?
You can actually host and teach students within your home. Home tuition courses fulfill a niche in the English Language Teaching market. The focus is to fully immerse a student in English language and culture so their confidence improves and they start to feel ‘at home’ in English. Immersive tuition attracts highly motivated students who are eager to improve their English rapidly, which makes them a pleasure to teach. Home teaching also offers flexible, fulfilling employment which represents an opportunity to use your teaching skills and earn supplementary income on a self-employed basis. To find out more click the link above.
- What is the pass rate on the course?
The pass rate on the Trinity Cert TESOL is very high for two reasons. We only admit people who we are confident can cope with the course demands. Additionally the low maximum number of trainees (10) per course means that we can promptly attend to specific problems and provide a high level of personal support.
- How should I choose between a full or a part-time course?
If you intend to do any form of paid work while studying on the course, you should not enroll on a full-time course. Full-time daily attendance is required and you will also need to do written work each evening.
- What are all the other initial TEFL training courses that I see advertised?
While courses leading to the award of other qualifications exist, these are often very limited in recognition and are not accredited by an independent examinations board. They are thus essentially only a certificate from the school and have limited worth as an aid in acquiring teaching positions globally. This is what makes the Trinity Cert TESOL (and the Cambridge CELTA for example), particularly valuable.
- Are there any entry requirements for the Cert TESOL course?
- What do I do next?
Make sure you have read the information on this website, then complete and send the application form. We will contact you to arrange a time for you to come in to discuss the course and where it may lead you in more detail. You will also be asked to complete a written task at this stage. For candidates who have trouble attending an interview in person, arrangements can be made to go through this process by phone. Following this, we will make a formal offer of a place on the relevant course.
- Can I teach at the Oxford International English schools in Greenwich (London), Brighton or Oxford after completing my Cert TESOL?
Early spring and summer are particularly popular seasons of recruitment, but vacancies definitely do arise throughout the year. Oxford International also run a large-scale summer school programme at centres throughout the UK, and we favour recruitment of our own successful trainees for staffing. We now even have schools operating in Toronto, Vancouver and San Diego which may provide another option to consider.
- I'm applying from overseas - do I need to be in Greenwich or Brighton for my Interview?
In short - no! We can arrange to interview you by Skype, or on a landline. Just make sure that you give us your Skype ID and/or phone number (with international dialling code). Please double check these details before sending to us! You will need to be beside a computer with an internet connection, in order to complete the interview task.
- I don't have an EU passport - will I need to get a visa to study with you? Can you offer any advice/assistance?
You may need a visa in order to study with us. We are not a professional visa advice agency, but we do offer some assistance - this is outlined on our visa advice page (click here).