School Details - London Oxford Circus
Established 1962, the school operates out of a new purpose-built centre, situated in the Fitzrovia district of Central London. Although only three minutes away from busy Oxford Circus underground, the school itself lies in a wonderfully quiet back street.
This centre is widely regarded as an English language teacher training specialist, having run high-quality, good-value teacher training courses in Central London since the summer of 1993. Over two thousand trainees have successfully passed through their doors as newly-qualified English language teachers of the globally-recognised Trinity College London Cert TESOL. The school also now offers a very useful add-on award to the Cert TESOL called PTLLS. This on-line distance learning course enables you to teach in the UK Lifelong Learning Sector in institutions such as further education colleges.
Opportunities for career advancement are plentiful with this course provider. They have run, for over fifteen years, the more advanced English language teaching qualification, commonly known as the Diploma (Trinity College London Dip TESOL) and they also run a popular post-certificate level qualification, known as the Trinity Certificate in International Business English Training (Cert IBET).
The school has an established reputation for providing trainees with a friendly supportive atmosphere allied to a very high level of training, delivered by an exceptionally strong academic team.
Who awards this Certificate?
The Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages is awarded by Trinity College London
When is the Certificate awarded?
In order to be awarded the Certificate candidates must follow and successfully complete a course approved by Trinity College London which provides initial training to those who wish to teach English to speakers of other languages.
How is the Certificate awarded?
Your practical and written work is assessed by the course tutors and moderated by a Trinity College Moderator who also interviews all trainees personally.
The CERTIFICATE is awarded to those who have successfully completed the course and who have satisfied the Trinity College Moderator at the end of the course.
The school issues its own final report on each student giving details of achievement in all sections of the course.
How widely recognised is the Trinity College Certificate?
Over the past 100 years Trinity College has developed a world-wide reputation for academic excellence.
The Certificate in TESOL is recognised by the British Council as a good initial TEFL qualification.
Most language schools both in the UK and abroad recognise the Certificate in TESOL as a suitable qualification for teaching English to speakers of other languages so enabling you to teach in any country in the world where there is a demand for English.
What other services and facilities are available?
As well as teacher training, the school offers a full range of English language programmes to students from all over the world. The school offers its students a self-access centre and library, a multi-media room, a cafeteria and a full and varied social programme.
Who are the trainers on the Trinity Certificate Course?
The trainers are all qualified professionals with extensive teaching experience both in Britain and abroad, and a commitment to high quality TEFL training. Above all they are talented communicators who can make their trainees share their enthusiasm and professionalism in a practical and stimulating way.
What happens on the Course?
When you train to become a teacher of English it is essential that you develop a greater understanding of the language itself. You will look closely at the way the English language is put together at the level of the word (vocabulary) and the sentence (grammar), and how meaning is derived from these elements.
The sounds we use in English and how we put these sounds together to make words and sentences are also important and must be focused on (phonology).
Besides looking at the language you must also develop an understanding of who the learners are, what their different needs and motivations are and the different situations in which you might teach them (learner awareness). During the course you will write a student profile and plan work for a student based on their specific needs and difficulties.
Of course there is no substitute for practice! The development of teaching skills and lesson planning are central features of the training course. You will teach classes of students at different levels and by the end of the course have a clear idea of what constitutes good classroom practice linked to good lesson preparation. A related aspect is the series of lessons in an unknown foreign language where you will be the student!
Another feature of the course is that you will evaluate a wide range of published materials including videos, books and cassettes. Connected to this is the materials project in which you create usable materials for the classroom.
A mark of a good language teacher is that they are capable of being eclectic and innovative and can draw on a number of different approaches to language teaching. With this in mind you will consider a variety of different ways of teaching English, both current and traditional.
Finally, through observing experienced teachers both on video and in the classroom, and through observation of other trainees you will leave the course with a framework enabling you to evaluate and develop your own teaching skills.
Teaching English to speakers of other languages is a demanding and stimulating profession. giving you the opportunity to travel and live in different parts of the world and to meet people from all walks of life. You will find out that teaching English can be very challenging but also tremendous fun and if you are prepared to work hard you will derive a great deal of satisfaction from it.
What will I be assessed on?
As well as a continuous assessment of your contribution to the training sessions you will have regular homework and be assessed on the following specific assignments:
- a foreign language journal
- a student profile
- a materials project
You will also be assessed on:
- your lesson planning
- your class teaching
- your ability to respond constructively to teaching practice feedback.
Is the Trinity Certificate Course for me?
As an internationally-recognised certificate the TRINITY CERTIFICATE in TESOL is widely accepted by language schools everywhere as a suitable qualification for teaching English.
The course offerwd at this centre is designed for those who have no previous experience and also for those who have some, albeit limited, experience of teaching either English or other subjects but who wish to obtain a professional qualification specific to TEFL.
The course is open to native and non-native speakers of English.
Each course is limited to a maximum of 15 trainees. The course is extremely intensive with 133 hours in 4 weeks – roughly equivalent to 7 hours a day of lectures, tutorials and teaching practice. The course is all the more demanding in that you are expected to work on assignments and preparation outside course hours.
This is a challenging, stimulating and rewarding course and with that in mind we would like to stress that you should have no other commitments during the period of training and that you focus all your energy on the course.
What should I do now?
If you are unsure about any aspect of the course, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be pleased to discuss any questions you may wish to raise.
When you feel you want to proceed, you should complete the application form for the course you want and return it to us.
On receiving your application, the school will contact you with a view to arranging an interview at the school or by telephone if you live a considerable distance from London.
When you obtain a place on a course, you will receive a written confirmation and further instructions.
Accommodation can be arranged through the school. Homestay accommodation can be booked either on a B&B basis or with B&B and an evening meal.
The price for B&B varies from GBP160 and GBP240 per week according to the distance from the school.
The cost of B&B and evening meal is between GBP185 and GBP265, again depending on location.
Accommodation in a student residence is also available. The price of this is approx. GBP35 per night.
Please note that all bookings are subject to a GBP45 accommodation booking fee.
09:15 to approx 17:45
Please note that the last day of the course is a Saturday
The course was really intense, even more than warned. I really enjoyed it though. The trainers were really good, helpful, approachable, encouraging, motivating, enthusiastic, brilliant.
The school was conveniently located and the trainers were brilliant, they were very supportive and great to work with. Absolutely fantastic. The course was intensive but a lot of fun. The teaching aspect was the best part of the course. I met very nice people and made good friends.
The course was well planned and organised. Input sessions were balanced, informative, interesting; always on time. There was a good variety of styles and methodology. Lots of deadlines - daunting but achievable, and good discipline for a teaching career.
Help for Jobs
With its considerable experience in the TEFL industry, the school is able to provide valuable concrete advice and guidance to their trainees, as to English language teaching work both in the UK and overseas.
As an internationally-known training provider, the school receives numerous job offers for trainees by virtue of its extensive list of contacts throughout the TEFL world. All these offers of work are posted up onto the job board in the teacher training room and emailed to former trainees. The school also has a policy of, when possible, employing successful trainees on their English language teaching programmes for overseas students - particularly in the busy summer months. Furthermore, the school has branches in Italy and India, both of which employ successful trainees.
Former trainees of this provider have worked all over the world, including the following countries:
Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Slovakia, Japan, Russia, The Czech Republic, Macedonia, Brazil, Greece, Turkey, China, Argentina, Taiwan, Estonia, Morocco, the Sudan and the UK.
How to Apply
1. Choose the start date which interests you. If you’re still unsure, please choose an approximate date for now – you will be able to specify later.
2. Register your details with Cactus TEFL (1 minute) to help us track your application.
3. Download the application form and save it on your computer.
4. Complete it offline in your own time
5. Go back to www.cactustefl.com, sign in and submit your completed form.
You can also submit an application by email. We will explain how to do this on the application form. Please contact us if you have any problems with the application procedure.