Course Highlights, Objectives, Instructors
4 Week TESOL Course in Hong Kong
English for Asia, the largest provider for Trinity CertTESOL course, is a 130 hour course which is entirely class-room based and involves attending classes at the institute in Hong Kong over a duration of 4 weeks. It covers an in-depth syllabus and focuses on lesson planning and essential practical teaching skills for those who are new to the profession, and inspire those who already have some experience.
The Trinity CertTESOL 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.
The course is available as a full time intensive course, Monday to Friday, for four weeks, or as a part-time course conducted over a three month period.
- Full-time courses run Mondays to Fridays (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) over four weeks, plus the final weekend of the course.
- Part-time courses run on Saturdays (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) and Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6:30 PM to 9:30 PM) over a three month period.
Input sessions are comprised of lesson observations, methodology, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, error correction and skills teaching. Lesson preparation, teaching practice and feedback constitute the practical component of the course. Trainees are also taught how to effectively use resources such as textbooks, supplementary materials and audio visual aids. Click here to see the course syllabus.
The practicum (Teaching Practice) consists of 8 lessons, totaling over 6 hours of classroom time, teaching real learners at two different levels (one pre-intermediate and one post-intermediate level) and focusing on a range of different teaching skills and language content. Comprehensive feedback and reflection tasks are given to help you develop your skills and expertise during the course.
Successful trainees will be able to demonstrate the following on completion of the course:
- Knowledge of the main phonological, lexical and syntactic features of contemporary English.
- Awareness of the learning needs of individuals or groups of learners, and of the motivation of learners in a variety of cultures and environments.
- Ability to establish rapport, create and maintain learners' interest.
- Ability to draw up a range of lesson plans with clear and achievable aims, using appropriate methods for learners with various needs.
- Ability to manage and stimulate active participation among a class of learners and provide a relevant learning context and learning opportunities in relation to their learning objectives.
- Ability to evaluate, use and adapt published material and create simple teaching material, which may include visual aids, audio, video and information / communications technology.
- Broad understanding of the main advantages and disadvantages of various language teaching approaches.
- Ability to evaluate their own effectiveness as teachers and to work cooperatively as members of a teaching team or group.
- Awareness of the need to continue their professional development as ESOL teachers after training in a teaching post and through private study, further training or participation in professional networking events.
- Awareness of the means of obtaining a TESOL post after training, including using the media and professional associations, and of the main issues relating to employment in this area that may affect their future security and further professional development.
Much of your future success will come from being able to develop skills acquired on the certificate course. By the end of the course you will be able to teach to the Trinity College standard. The Communicative Approach to teaching a foreign language provides a style which is keenly sought by students enrolling in English courses internationally. This methodology is recognised and promoted by the British Council.
A typical teaching day includes teaching practice from 9:00am - 12:30pm, including reflective feedback from the TP tutor, where trainees teach lessons of between 20 and 60 mins in length. Trainees typically teach every other morning of the course, and afternoons are spent in input seminar sessions dealing with various aspects of TESOL theory and practice. Lesson planning time is set aside on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to assist with Teaching Practice preparation, and some time is set aside for assistance with assignment work.
The Trinity CertTESOL is accredited at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework (the NQF) by the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) in England. Level 5 is regarded as comparable in difficulty to the second year of an undergraduate degree, or to postgraduate degree programs offered in the UK.