Trinity College CertPT courses for practising teachers – the Best Idea Ever

Best Idea Ever: The Trinity College CertPT course for practising teachers

Trinity College CertPT courses (Certificate for Practising Teachers) award an Ofqual level 6 qualification that supports the professional development of English language teachers. The Trinity CertPT is for teachers seeking to update, improve and enrich their professional teaching practice. EBC offers four great Trinity CertPT courses in Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), teaching English online and Business English. These courses will increase your skills and value.

What are Trinity College CertPT courses?

Trinity College CertPT courses are for teachers seeking to update, improve and enrich their professional teaching practice. The CertPT draws upon qualified TESOL teachers’ existing knowledge of teaching practice and theory while promoting the acquisition and refinement of the specialist skills needed to develop and use practical teaching resources. Trinity College CertPT courses enable practising teachers, including those with language proficiency below CEFR Level C1, to access specialist training and certification that can transform their teaching practice.

Course participants develop their ability to evaluate, adapt, create and reflect on the use of context-specific teaching resources. Teaching contexts include, for example, CertPT Business English, CertPT CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), CertPT CLT (Content Language Teaching) and CertPT Online teaching.

The Trinity CertPT is an OFQUAL Level 6 qualification. The Trinity CertPT sits between an initial Level 5 teacher education certificate and an advanced Level 7 diploma qualification.

Questions, questions, and lots of them

Many practising teachers who took the course had these comments before coming on board. Read on to get their insight on our Ofqual level 6 registered Trinity College CertPT courses.

Will I learn what I already know?

Q: I am a practising teacher. I have been teaching General English, Business English, EAP (English for Academic Purposes) without any real, formal qualifications for almost ten years now. The schools I work for tell me that I am pretty popular with my students. So I guess I can be called a good teacher. I admit that I have learned everything I know through trial and error. However, I feel I want formal qualifications to back up my real-life teaching experience. Recently, I was also told by my Director of Studies that I might have to show an official certificate. But I am a practising teacher, what certificate course can teach me what I already know?

A: The CertPT assesses pedagogical skills rather than language ability. Trainees can submit written assignments solely in English or English and Spanish or English and Mandarin Chinese. The submission of assessment tasks in these languages extends access to Trinity-certified professional development to practising teachers working in different local teaching contexts.

How do I take the course?

Q: How long is the course and how do I take it?

A: The course takes six weeks to complete. The CertPT course focuses on the skills you need to evaluate, adapt, create and deliver teaching resources to a specific group of learners. There are four assessed output tasks you must complete. These are 1) find and evaluate an original teaching resource, 2) adapt the resource, 3) create a teaching resource and 4) reflect on the use of a teaching resource. You will receive input focused on TESOL approaches and methods, lesson planning, classroom management, materials design, task design and effective classroom procedures. In addition, you will have ten hours of live online tutorials with your peers and your course tutor.

You will teach one lesson using a teaching resource you created. The outcome and your evaluation of the class and resource The CertPT provides continuing professional development with the flexibility that you need to continue with your job.

Can I teach in Spain if I am not from the EU?

Q: I am a non EU citizen. I am a practising teacher in my country, but I would like the experience of teaching Business English in Spain. Is this possible?

A: Yes. We offer the Road2Spain programme not only for CertTESOL candidates but also for CertPT candidates. With the Road2Spain programme, you get a one year Student Visa, a one-year Spanish programme and the 6-week CertPT course you choose. You do the CertPT in your country, and as soon as you finish the 6-week CertPT course, you can come to Spain. Your student visa documentation can be processed before you start and during the CertPT course. In this way, no time is lost, and you can be a certified Trinity College CertPT teacher in 6 weeks. The total number of weeks for the Spanish Programme is 36 weeks spread in a year. The 20 hours/week is the permitted number of legal English teaching work with a student visa.

Is face-to-face study better than online?

Q: I see benefits to both the online and in-person CertPT course. Could you tell me which one you’d recommend?

A: I will recommend the Online course. Madrid was looking at a “quinta ola” (translated 5th wave) of COVID cases. This meant it would not be wise nor honest for us to accept F2F (Face to Face, in-person) enrollees, only to tell them that they will have to do the 6-week course in a Madrid Airbnb once they arrive in Madrid. Restrictions change every day, so nothing is sure about the number of people allowed in schools.

My suggestion is:  Do the CertPT course at home or in the country where you are right now (it’s only a 6-week course anyway) and then come to Madrid after you get your certificate. Then, you arrive in Madrid, already Trinity College CertPT certified,  ready to work as an EFL teacher with specialist skills like Business English, CLIL and CLT. In this way, you can line up jobs even before you arrive in Madrid. In addition, you can rent AirBnBs for as short as two weeks while you’re looking for long term accommodations.

Most of our trainees have done it this way. First, they did the Trinity CertPT at home. Then, they came to Spain with their Trinity College CertPT, ready to take on more specialist EFL/ESL teaching roles.

Our Trinity CertPT courses are composed of trainees from all over the world, from different time zones. The course that started on Oct 4 saw six different nationalities. We had trainees from different time zones.

We had a trainee in Malta, the Ukraine and Dubai. The rest of the trainees were from the less complicated time zones (CEST and GMT).

The live streaming online course runs for six weeks. Whilst it is an intensive course, we know that we are working with practising teachers, and therefore, there is flexibility built into the CertPT courses.

Does the certificate contain the word “ONLINE”?

Q: Will my CertPT certificate say ONLINE?

A: The certificate you get on the live streaming/Online Trinity CertPT course is identical to the one from a F2F course. It doesn’t say Online on the certificate.

What is the CertPT schedule?

Q: What is the timetable of the live streaming, online CertTPT course?

A: The Trinity College CertTPT timetable is as follows:

There are four assessed output tasks you must complete. These are 1) find and evaluate an original teaching resource, 2) adapt the resource, 3) create a teaching resource and 4) reflect on the use of a teaching resource.

You will teach one lesson using a teaching resource you created. The outcome and your evaluation of the class and resource effectiveness provide the input for task 4.

You will receive input focused on TESOL approaches and methods, lesson planning, classroom management, materials design, task design and effective classroom procedures. In addition, you will have 10 hours of live online tutorials with your peers and your course tutor.

You will organise the best time for the live online tutorials with your tutor. For example, if you work from 13:00 – 18:00, Monday to Friday, you can ask your tutor for a morning tutorial, say from 11:00 – 12:00.

Is it a tough course?

Q: Is the CertPT course challenging?

A: The academic content of this course is at Masters level, and therefore requires time, effort and dedication. As the Ofqual 6 CertPT course is at Masters level, not just anyone can be admitted to the course, as seen from the entry requirements. However, it is a course that has proven to upgrade a teaching professional’s skills and employability.

Is there a difference between the face to face and online course?

Q: Is the face to face course better than the live streaming, online 6-week course?

A: The course content is identical. You must complete four assessed output tasks, and a Trinity College moderator will externally moderate these submitted tasks.