CertTESOL Teaching Qualification (TEFL)

What is TEFL?

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This means teaching English to people who don't speak English as their mother tongue. Once you have a TEFL qualification, you can start a TEFL teaching career in the UK or abroad. It is a very rewarding and satisfying experience which allows you to contribute to people's lives, travel the world, and earn money during a gap year, for example. Many people also teach English as part of a career change.

There are many TEFL qualifications, but there are two which are internationally recognised as providing detailed and effective initial training: CertTESOL and CELTA.

  • CertTESOL stands for the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and is administered by Trinity College London

  • CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults and is administered by the University of Cambridge

You can gain these TEFL qualifications by taking a specialist teacher training course, like our Trinity CertTESOL course.  Find out the similarities and differences between CertTESOL and CELTA below.

What is the difference between TESOL and CELTA?

Both the CertTESOL and the CELTA are widely-recognised TEFL qualifications. Both courses have similar entry requirements, structure and content. These are the two international entry-level TEFL qualifications and they are both recognised by Accreditation UK and other inspection bodies organisations. The type, length, amount of work and difficulty of both courses is very similar, but the assignments are a little bit different from one another. One difference is that on the CertTESOL course, trainees do the Unknown Language part as a compulsory assignment – this is optional for CELTA. In addition, the language analysis and awareness section is done through work on a project known as the Language Learner Profile (see our CertTESOL course details). Another difference is that the CertTESOL course has much more focus on phonology (pronunciation etc.) than a CELTA.

How to choose a TEFL Course?

There are several things you need to consider:

  • Price of the course - course prices can be very different, depending on the format (online or face-to-face), length of the course, experience of your trainers, course materials included in fees, and the quality of the centre and its resources where you will be studying. All of these aspects may influence your success and how comfortable and confident you feel in teaching English as a foreign language.

  • Online course vs face-to-face: we recommend face-to-face TEFL courses, as this will provide you with both realistic experience in teaching English to students and individual feedback from experienced trainers.

  • Finding a TEFL job: some TEFL course providers also support you with special workshops and advice on finding TEFL jobs in the UK and abroad. This is a part of our CertTESOL course in London.

TEFL Jobs: are they easy to find?

The Trinity CertTESOL and the CELTA are the 2 recognised entry qualifications which allow trainees to work in schools and Further Education colleges with a good reputation.

Newly qualified teachers are often required to get some experience before they work at more well-known schools but this doesn’t mean they can’t apply. Initially, it’s often necessary to get some experience and then apply to higher quality schools. Summer schools or contracts abroad are also a good way to gain experience.

CertTESOL course in London

The CertTESOL course with The London School of English gives you an opportunity to be taught by the very experienced TEFL teachers at the oldest accredited English language school in the world.

We offer access to excellent facilities, including course materials, a workshop on finding a job, individualised support, and 3-course healthy lunches every day.

Great course. Not for the work shy. Wonderful tutors, facilities and resources.

Nick, CertTESOL course
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