CertTESOL Teaching Qualification (TEFL)

TEFL course in London: CertTESOL

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What is TEFL?

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This means teaching English to people for whom this is not their mother tongue. Once you acquire a TEFL qualification, the opportunities for a TEFL teaching career in the UK and abroad is open to you. It is a very rewarding experience which allows you to contribute to people's lives in a meaningful way, travel the world, and earn money during a gap year, for example. Many people also teach English as part of their career change.

There are many TEFL qualifications, but there are two which are internationally recognised as providing a thorough 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 and is administered by the University of Cambridge

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

What is the difference between TESOL and CELTA?

Both the Cert TESOL and the CELTA are widely-recognised TEFL qualifications. Both courses have similar entry requirements, structure and content. These are the 2 international entry-level TEFL qualifications and they are both recognised by Accreditation UK and other inspection bodies. The nature, length and intensity of both courses is very similar, but the assignments, although similar, differ slightly. One difference is that on the Cert TESOL course trainees do the Unknown Language component as a compulsory assignment – this is optional for CELTA. In addition, the language analysis and awareness component is done through work on a project known as the Language Learner Profile (see our CertTESOL course details). Another difference is that the Cert TESOL course has much more focus on phonology (pronunciation etc.) than a CELTA.

How to choose a TEFL Course?

There are several considerations about which you can ask course providers:

  • Price of the course - course prices differ widely, depending on the format (online, or offline), length of the course, experience of your trainers, course materials included in fees, and state of facilities in which you will be studying. All of these aspects may influence the successful passing of your TEFL examinations and how comfortable and confident you feel in teaching English to as a foreign language.

  • Online course vs face-to-face: We recommend face-to-face TEFL courses, as this will give you the best 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 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 gateway qualifications which will allow trainees to work in reputable schools and FE colleges across the world, including in the UK. 

Newly qualified teachers are often required to get some experience before they work at more reputable schools but this doesn’t mean they can’t apply. Initially, it’s often a case of taking what work they can get, getting some experience under their belts and then applying 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 highest-calibre experienced TEFL teachers at the oldest English language school in the UK.

You would have access to excellent facilities, included course materials, 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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