FAQ

CELTA, TEFL or TESOL? 

Find out everything you need to know about the differences and how we can help you get certified here!

 

What is TEFL?

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
In order to gain access to the TEFL industry, there are many types of  TEFL certificates, such as weekend courses, online courses and face to face courses. However, there are only two accredited key qualifications – the Trinity CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults).

What is the difference between CELTA or TEFL or TESOL?

The  Trinity CertTESOL and CELTA courses are the only accredited TEFL courses which are recognised by both the British Council and employers worldwide. The qualifications and recognition are exactly the same, the only difference is is that the CELTA is accredited by Cambridge University and the Trinity CertTESOL by Trinity College London.
Other TEFL courses will not have the same credibility, therefore may not be effective in helping you to start your career as an EFL teacher.

What do you offer?

At our centres we offer 4-week and 8-week Trinity CertTESOL courses and Teacher Development courses.

Why shouldn’t I just do an online and/or weekend course?

First of all, most employers don’t accept online or weekend TEFL courses. There is one simple reason that makes studying in a school the right option: PRACTICE!
We provide daily Observed Teaching Practice hours with real students, allowing you to put everything you have learned into practice and the feedback session you will receive after every lesson from both your peers and your tutor means that every day you can work on improving your skills and specific target areas.
Ultimately, taking an online/weekend TEFL course is unfair to you and your future students. Future employers look favourably on a high amount of practical experience as giving all these practice lessons helps enormously when you’re standing in front of your first real class!

Is your course validated?

Yes, it is. We offer the Trinity Cert TESOL course which is validated by Trinity College London and recognised by the British Council and employers worldwide. Credits are also awarded towards degree programmes offered by universities in the UK.

Can I study a TEFL course if I’m not a native English speaker?

In our experience, non-native speakers can become excellent TEFL teachers as long as they hold a high level of English. In fact, there is an argument for suggesting that non-native speakers are often better TEFL teachers than native speakers because they are able to use their experience of learning English as a second language to empathise with their students.

I am already qualified, will you help me find a job?

If you have not taken the course with us, unfortunately we cannot help you as it would be unfair to those who receive their certificates with us. For this reason, we only provide job guidance for our own trainees.
If you are looking to develop your skills, keep an eye out for our speciality courses.