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What is the difference between the Trinity Cert. TESOL and the Cambridge CELTA?

Trinity and Cambridge accredited courses are internationally recognized as high-quality teacher training. Having a Trinity Cert. TESOL or Cambridge Celta certificate is one of the best ways you can get started in TEFL.

Although very similar, we have put together a table of comparisons so that you can see more clearly how the intensive Trinity Cert. TESOL course compares to the intensive Cambridge Celta.

Questions:Trinity Cert. TESOL Cambridge Celta
Is the certificate internationally recognized?YesYes
Who is it accredited by?Trinity College LondonCambridge English Language Assessment
How long is the course?4 weeks*4 weeks*
How many contact hours are required?130 hours minumum120 hours minumum
Do I need to be a native speaker to join the course?NoNo
What is the minimum level of English required?CAE pass, IELTS 7.0Set by course provider
What classes will I be trained to teach?Adults and young learnersAdults
Do I get practice teaching private classes?YesNo
Will I create my own teaching materials?YesNo
How many observed hours will I teach?66
How will I be assessed?Observed teaching, projects, grammar examObserved teaching, assignments
What are the components of the course?Unit 1: Teaching SkillsUnit 1: Learners and teachers and the teaching and learning context
 Unit 2: Language AwarenessUnit 2: Language Analysis and awareness
 Unit 3: The Learner ProfileUnit 3: Language Skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
 Unit 4: The Materials Assignment (assessed by a Trinity Moderator)Unit 4: Planning and resources for different contexts
 Unit 5: Unknown Language (5-50 minute lessons)Unit 5: Developing teaching skills and professionalism
What are the entry requirements?To take a Cert. TESOL you should:To take a Celta applicants should:
 Be aged 18+Be aged 20+ (though some centres accept 18+)
 Have a university degree or a standard of education equivalent to that which is required for higher educationHave a university degree or a standard of education equivalent to that which is required for higher education
 Have a good level of language awareness and of spoken and written EnglishHave a good level of language awareness and of spoken and written English
How much is the course?€1400 approx (check course prices at Oxford TEFL here)€1650 approx

Still not sure which one is right for you? Things to consider are: whether you would like to teach young learners, if you would like to specialize or teach private classes, your own personal learning style and preferences for assessment.

In addition to the above, Oxford TEFL trainers hold at least Trinity Diploma/DELTA qualification and are qualified to train TEFL teachers, as well as teach English. They offer expertise in the world of TESOL/TEFL, as well as support and experience. We also provide visa support and a lifelong careers service to all of our graduates.

For more information about Trinity accreditation, click here

For more information email Tesol@oxfordtefl.com

*Course length can vary slightly depending on location

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What is the difference between the Trinity Cert. TESOL and the Cambridge CELTA?
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Trinity and Cambridge accredited courses are internationally recognized as high-quality teacher training. Having a Trinity Cert. TESOL or Cambridge Celta certificate is one of the best ways you can get started in TEFL.Although very similar, we have put together a table of comparisons so that you can see more clearly how the intensive Trinity Cert. TESOL course compares to the intensive Cambridge Celta.
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