TEFL Diploma FAQs

Oxford TEFL’s Diploma course is externally validated by Trinity College London.

What is the Trinity Licentiate Diploma in TESOL?

The Trinity Diploma is an advanced qualification in teaching English for more experienced teachers. It has four components that cover the theory and practice of teaching English. Parts one and three are assessed by Trinity and parts two and four by Trinity and OxfordTEFL together.

  • Part one
    A written paper taken in Oxford TEFL in Barcelona or Prague, or other Trinity approved centre. (There are centres in most parts of the world). The paper is 3 hours long and consists of a grammar section and two further sections with essay questions about teaching and learning. The exam can be taken in May, August or November. Each of our courses aims to prepare you for a specific date.
  • Part two
    A coursework portfolio including project work. The portfolio consists of three compulsory tasks. The tasks involve observation of other trained teachers, reflection on one’s own teaching and a research project. You work on the portfolio throughout the course. It is assessed by your course tutors and moderated by a Trinity examiner.
  • Part three
    An oral interview on phonetics and phonology (30 mins). This is conducted by a Trinity examiner. We help you to prepare for this with mock interviews and plenty input, testing and practice.
  • Part four
    Classroom demonstration of your teaching (60 mins) followed by a discussion of the lesson with the examiner (20 mins). You will also present a portfolio of documentation related to 4 previous lessons taught, which will have been observed and assessed by OxfordTEFL tutors. For this part of the exam you will be teaching students at OxfordTEFL.

Parts three and four of the exam are usually taken together, and we aim to prepare you to do them in May in Cadiz, August in Hong Kong, or July/ August/ September in Barcelona/ Prague.

How does the course help me to develop my career?

This qualification is listed by the British Council as a full qualification under the terms of their course validation and recognition schemes. The Licentiate Diploma will help you to develop your practical and theoretical knowledge of ELT, making you stand out from other teachers. It opens the door to more senior teaching posts such as Director of Studies, Teacher Training posts and helps you enter other areas of the profession such as materials writing and so on.

Who can apply?

For entry to this course, candidates must have at least 2 years full-time teaching experience and a university degree or equivalent level of education. The course is open to native- and non-native speakers of English.

To apply for the course you will need to complete written tasks, supply a reference, and have an interview in person or on the phone/by Skype. The procedure is designed to assess your ability to use written and spoken English effectively, to demonstrate an awareness of language and language teaching and learning gained from experience and training, as well as assess your overall aptitude and motivation to complete such a course.

You will only be admitted to the course if we feel you are equipped and ready to deal with the challenges it provides. For this reason our pass rate is very high (around 90%).

How many people are on each course?

Individual attention, help and advice is vital on this course and, in order to ensure this, the size of group is limited to a maximum of 16. For teaching practice, during the face-to-face block, you will work in small groups.

What is the workload?

  • Virtual/on-line component from February to July or November to April (12 hours a week).
  • Full-time attendance in May/ July/ August/ September (3 weeks) includes teaching practice and lesson preparation, preparing for the phonology interview and exam revision of around 20 hours a week.
  • The distance component is compatible with full-time teaching, though we recommend you aim to reduce your teaching commitments if you can.

Why should I do the course with Oxford Tefl?

Our goal is to provide courses which are practical and dynamic and above all meet the needs of participants. In order to do this, our team of trainers aim to be flexible and supportive as well as provide expert guidance, and our course is structured and designed with your needs and objectives in mind.

The on-line part of the course includes plenty of opportunities for interaction. Our aim is to encourage support and sharing of ideas between participants.  To achieve this, we make sure that you are in regular live contact with other course members, working in groups and pairs to complete tasks.

We also hold live webinars on modules and have 1-2-1 tutorials throughout the course so you can discuss your progress with a tutor.

We make use of the latest technology to give you the chance to see and hear your colleagues, and use a virtual classroom to develop discussions on teaching and learning.

Preparing for the Diploma is demanding and you will feel under pressure at times. We aim to reduce unnecessary stress as much as possible by making sure you have the personal support you need and the focus and direction necessary to ensure your work time is well spent.

What do we do in the face-to-face block?

The face-to-face block is 3 or 4 weeks depending on your course dates and centre. You will be teaching and studying full-time in these weeks. Your workload will include:

  • Practice written and phonology exams with feedback.
  • Group input sessions with tutor to prepare the phonology exam.
  • Teaching practice, including lesson planning, observation and feedback from tutors. Time working individually and with support from tutors. You will have 4 internally assessed lessons and 1 externally with a Trinity moderator. You will also have some unassessed, observed lessons so you can get more informal feedback from a tutor. There will be some unobserved lessons so you can get to know your learners.
  • External assessment of phonology and teaching practice with Trinity examiner.
  • The Trinity written exam.
  • Group revision sessions with tutors to prepare for the written exam.
 For our Trinity Dip TESOL terms and conditions, visit this page.