The main TESOL course syllabus is delivered and assessed through five units. The work for Units 1, 2, 3 and 5 is marked by your internal course tutors and moderated or sampled and checked by a member of the Trinity moderators panel at the end of every course. The moderator externally assesses the work for Unit 4.
The Units are:
Unit 1 : Teaching skills, assessed through:
Unit 2 : Language awareness including grammar and phonology, assessed through:
Unit 3 : Learner profile, assessed through:
Unit 4 : Materials assignment, assessed through:
Unit 5 : Unknown language, assessed through:
A journal covering trainees’ reflective comments on four hours’ tuition in an unknown language from the point of view of the beginner, including an analysis of the key aspects of methods and classroom management that affect the learner positively and negatively
Professional awareness and development, are an ongoing theme. Successful trainees must demonstrate an awareness of the needs of other colleagues in the team, teaching and non-teaching, and the value of mutual support in the teaching, learning and training environment. They must also demonstrate an awareness of the need for professional development during and after the course, based on a constructive response to training input and feedback from tutors and peers.
All trainees complete at least six hours of observed and assessed teaching practice with genuine learners, and produce a number of reflective written assignments. All courses are visited at the end by a Trinity moderator. The moderator talks to all trainees in groups and then individually in an interview, and samples trainees’ written work.
The most important feature of the course is the emphasis on the development of specialist teaching skills through practice with classes of foreign language students. This will be as varied as possible, thus on leaving the course you will be able to inform potential employers that you have taught full classes, adults of different levels, and have experienced one-to-one remedial teaching.Professional Development:
You will be expected to show a professional awareness of other colleagues in the team, as well as demonstrate pertinent self-evaluation and improvement as you progress through the course. Good personal organisation is essential.Learner Profile:
This is a piece of writing based on one-to-one meetings with a student. It will consist of a biographical sketch of your assigned student with a description of his/her problems in the spoken and written language, and information about a follow-up lesson in which you try to help your student overcome selected problems.Unknown Language Journal:
At the beginning of the course, you will have a short course in learning an unknown language. You will be put in the position of a beginner learning a new language. Your language tutor will use the methodology that you will be expected to utilise in your English classes. You will record your reactions to the teaching and learning on a daily basis and then consider the implications derived from the experience for teaching complete beginners. Each of these lessons contains methodology and practical ideas for you to use in your own teaching, and must be written up in a written assignment. This is invaluable experience for any teacher who puts their students first in their classroom.Teaching Materials Assignment:
You will be required to present, discuss and evaluate materials you have used during your teaching practice on the course. Assignments are structured and presented in such a way as to support the developments that you make on your way to becoming a rounded teacher of English.Language Awareness Tests:
You will be tested on the grammar and phonology taught on the course. The knowledge you will need is based on your ability to analyse the English you already use in every day communication.
It is important to note that attendance alone is not a guarantee of success. In order to pass you will be required to successfully complete all the written assignments, and in your teaching practice, demonstrate the techniques of communicative language teaching that are taught on the course.
The CertTESOL course is registered under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (Course Registration 250562). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.