Trinity CertTESOL Course Description

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

Our Trinity-accredited TEFL Certificate course is for people who want an internationally recognised qualification and an up-to-date and practical course of teacher training. Below is an outline of the main features of the course.

Before the Course Starts

When you enrol for the Trinity-accredited TEFL Certificate course (following a successful face-to-face, skype or telephone interview), we will send you our substantial pre-course task designed to raise your awareness of teaching methodology and the grammar and phonology of English. Depending on your prior knowledge, this can take anything up to 20 hours to complete. The task is completed through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or Moodle, so you will need internet access in order to complete it. Your work will be checked by your Course Director as you work through each task, but you will not be graded.

Teaching Practice

The practical nature of the TEFL Certificate course is emphasised from the very beginning. Trainees are divided into teaching practice groups on the first day, and begin their teaching practice on the second or third day, beginning with 45 minutes of teaching and building up to one hour towards the end of the course.  Each group is assigned a practice class of real students and a teaching practice tutor. Teaching practice includes a feedback session where the teaching practice tutor discusses the lesson with you and gives you guidance on the teaching point for the following day. During the TEFL Certificate course the practice class is changed to provide you with an opportunity to teach classes at different levels.

TEFL Input Sessions

We believe in learning through involvement, and trainees are expected to participate in many different ways during the TEFL Certificate course input sessions. Where necessary, information will be supplied, but more commonly you will experience a workshop approach, where your tutor acts as a “facilitator/animator” rather than as a lecturer.

Teaching Skills

The letter “T” in TEFL stands for “Teaching”, and during these sessions you will acquire and practise a wide range of teaching skills found in mainstream current English Language Teaching. A large number of activities and areas are covered in detail and these are all of immediate practical value for planning your teaching practice lessons. Video is used in some sessions on the TEFL Certificate course and observation of Oxford TEFL teaching staff and students provides further insights into lesson planning, staging and management.

Language Awareness

These sessions cover areas of vocabulary, grammar and phonology and are designed to provide trainees with a basic working knowledge of these subjects and how to teach them effectively. Trainees find these sections one of the most rewarding (and challenging!) parts of their Trinity-accredited TEFL Certificate course, as most native speakers of English have had very little previous opportunity of studying the nuts and bolts of their own language.

Learning an Unknown Language

During the TEFL Certificate course, you will participate in four language lessons in a language you have no prior experience of, taught completely in the language itself without recourse to English. This helps you put yourself in the position of a basic level learner of English and to experience communicative language teaching at first hand. Languages taught on past courses have included Greek, Hindi, Swedish, and Japanese.


A typical full-time TEFL Certificate course timetable follows, although there may be some variation.

Teaching practice (TP)09.00 – 10.30
Feedback on TP10.30 – 11.30
Input session 112.30 – 13.30
Input session 213.45 – 14.45
Input session 315.00 – 16.00

After 16.00 you may be starting preparation for the following day’s lesson or working on an assignment. You will work hard during the course and some of your days will be long. However, you will enjoy plenty of support from your tutors, staff at Oxford TEFL and fellow trainees. Much of the success of the  TEFL Certificate course is due to the high level of rapport, co-operation and friendship established on the course.


Assessment on teaching practice is continuous and is based on both your classroom teaching and your ability to reflect effectively on your own and others’ teaching.

During the TEFL Certificate course 3 assignments are given. These include a record of your experience learning the unknown language, a case study of one of your students with a diagnosis of their language difficulties, and a project where you create and evaluate original material used with your learners. You will also sit a 60 minute written exam towards the end of the course, which will test your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and phonology.


You will receive 2 certificates. Trinity College awards a certificate to all successful candidates on completion of the accredited TEFL Certificate course. Oxford TEFL in addition awards a certificate with details of your grades.

After your course

The Oxford TEFL Teacher Coaching Program has been created by our teachers and trainers to help those recently qualified in the Trinity CertTESOL or another accredited TEFL certificate. The aim is to offer support and guidance in the first few stages of teaching professionally in any English language training setting.

More information about our coaching program

Get in touch

For more information on our Trinity Cert TESOL course, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and a member of our team will be happy to answer your questions.

Apply now for the Trinity Certification in TESOL