School Details - London Russell Square
The school is housed in a very substantial, 100 year old building. Completely refurbished and modernised, the college is equipped with some of the best and most up-to-date language learning resources available. The classrooms are modern and spacious. The school has a language laboratory, a self access centre and a computer laboratory. Within the school there is a bookshop with all lesson material you can possibly imagine.
The school has a large student canteen where Italian international-style snacks, light meals, coffee, cakes and sandwiches are prepared and served by the school's Italian cook. In the summer you can enjoy and relax on the school's large and attractive roof garden on the fifth floor, a quiet spot in the heart of London!
The school offers you the opportunity to get to know all the students outside class hours living 'on campus' in the student residence on the upper floors of the college. They offer single and twin rooms, on a breakfast only or half-board basis. In addition they offer an extensive selection of other accommodation options, including homestay, other local residence halls, hostels and hotels.
This teacher training course will open up opportunities to live and work abroad and meet people from many different backgrounds and cultures. You will find teaching can be challenging, rewarding and immensely enjoyable. The school will provide successful candidates with advice and help in finding jobs abroad and developing their future careers. A small number of candidates may be taken on as teachers at one of the colleges, for example in the busy summer months, thus providing an opportunity to gain immediate first-hand experience of teaching in a recognised international school.
Teacher Training Courses
The team of experienced teacher trainers is committed to providing a supportive educational atmosphere with an emphasis on individual attention. All our teacher trainers continue to teach multilingual classes, which means that we have some of the most experienced and well-qualified teachers and teacher trainers in the field.
The school also has excellent facilities and resources, including a specialist ELT Library and bookshop. All resources, such as course books and photocopying, are provided and are included in the course fees. Our courses include:
All applicants, whether native or non-native speakers, must have an awareness of language and a competence in English that enables them to follow the course. Applicants should be at least 18 years old and have either a university degree or a standard of education which would allow entry to higher education.
The Trinity College Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Cert TESOL)
The TESOL Certificate is recognised by the British Council and by language schools worldwide as an initial qualification for teaching English as a foreign language. The course is suitable for those with no experience of teaching English or with limited experience of teaching this or other subjects. The school offers this course at our London Central school, where there is a maximum of 12 trainees on each course.
In order to gain a better understanding of the process of learning from the student's point of view, trainees are themselves given a number of lessons in an unknown foreign language so they have first-hand experience of the learners' situation. Trainees are divided into small teaching practice groups and each trainee teaches a minimum of six hours during the course at two different levels. Teaching practice is then followed by feedback and the setting of teaching points.
Candidates are assessed continuously on their contribution to the course, their teaching practice, their lesson planning and written work, and on a range of assignments including a materials project and a written profile of an individual learner. A Trinity College Moderator visits all courses and interviews each candidate personally.
The course is a part-time programme over 12 weeks (including a one week break). Input sessions take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and teaching practice takes place on Saturdays. at the end of which candidates will have gained:
- An understanding of the structure, use and pronunciation of English and the means of describing the language
- An awareness of the contexts within which adults learn English, their needs and motivations, and the role of the teacher and the learner
- Familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching to adult learners of English, and the ability to apply these principles in the classroom
- An ability to evaluate appropriate materials and resources for teaching English to adults
- Practical experience of teaching at least two different levels (all trainees get a minimum of 6 hours' teaching practice)
- An ability to evaluate their own performance in the classroom and identify opportunities for their own future development as professional teachers
- An internationally recognised qualification leading to job opportunities in the UK and abroad
- An individual report on each trainee's progress and achievements
Accommodation can be arranged for you. You can choose from the following options.
£146 per person per week on bed & breakfast
£183 per person per week on half-board
In peak season, prices may vary
£308 - £335 per person per week on bed & breakfast
£356 - £383 per person per week on half board
In peak season, prices may vary
Tuesday & Thursday evenings (6.30pm - 9.30pm) and on Saturdays (9.30am - 3.30pm).
Extremely attentive and helpful trainers; excellent facilities in school. Very intensive but worthwhile.
High quality training from very experienced and supportive trainers. The school had a dynamic, international and friendly atmosphere. It is an effective learning process. -Mario Hamad-
Excellent - timetable well thought out and kept interest levels and learnign to an optimum
-Stephen Paul Newton-
I would recommend this course to anyone who has a desire to get some quality training.
The school was a fantastic place to learn, with excellent facilities. The trainers were not only incredibly helpful but very motivating and inspirational teachers.
The trainers and the school were both excellent. Everyone was very professional, dedicated and helpful.
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What happens after you successfully complete your course?
As a qualified and trained teacher you've learnt your new skills with one of the EFL industry's most respected and leading organisations. Your career and travel opportunities are endless, and we're committed to helping you on your way. Opportunities for employment can exist in all eight of our year-round schools, as well as with our rapidly growing Junior Summer Camp operation. Exciting placements also exist overseas with our global network of partners. All career advice, placement and counseling are included in your course fees, while presentations will take place routinely throughout your course with us.
How to Apply
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