CertPT syllabus, CPD for practising teachers

Looking to extend your teaching skills? Not sure who to trust? Trinity College London is here to offer you an official and accredited continuing professional development certificate, the CertPT, registered at Ofqual level 6 by the UK government.

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The Trinity College London (TCL) Certificate for Practising Teachers (CertPT) is an innovative Ofqual level 6 qualification that supports your professional development as a teacher. The course takes six weeks to complete. The Trinity CertPT gives you to access specialist training and certification that will transform your teaching style.

We run Trinity CertPT CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses specialising in Business English and in Communicative Language Teaching.


What skills will I learn?

When you finish the course, you will have increased your skills to:

  1. critically evaluate lesson materials in line with learner needs;
  2. apply pedagogical theory to practice;
  3. employ efficient and effective teaching techniques to boost learner motivation and engagement; and
  4. plan and reflect on development both past, present and future.

Who can take the CertPT?

If you are a teacher, you can apply to take a CertPT course. To apply for the course you must meet either Group 1 or Group 2 requirements.

  1. Group 1 - completed an initial certificate or qualification in education or TESOL and have at least 6 months of classroom or online teaching experience
  2. Group 2 - at least two years' teaching experience.

Non-native English speakers are accepted with a minimum English ability of C1 on the CEFR scale.


What qualification do I get?

You get the Trinity CertPT qualification that is externally-validated by Trinity College London, an internationally recognised qualifications provider.

Having a Trinity College London qualification guarantees the quality of delivery and accuracy of assessment.

The qualification is at Ofqual level 6 in the UK's list of regulated qualifications (RQF). The CertPT is at the same level as the final year of a bachelors degree. Your CertPT can give you up to 10 university credits.


What will I study?

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 resource and 4) reflect on the use of a resource.

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

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


How long is the course?

The CertPT course has a total of 100 study hours. The study period is six weeks. The six-week timetable is split into two scetions:

  1. One week of subject study comprising approximately 20 self-study input hours using online material in the Moodle training system and 5 hours of trainer input given face-to-face using ZOOM meetings.
  2. Five weeks to research and create the four output tasks required to pass the course, and a weekly, one-hour trainer input session for guidance and feedback.

Can I study while I am working?

Yes, the course is built for working teachers. The CertPT is in-service training. You must be actively teaching a group of learners (face-to-face or online) or you will not be able to complete the four assessed output tasks. The course works hand-in-hand with your current teaching and is designed not to overload you during your daily teaching schedule.


Can I talk to the course tutor?

Yes, you get ten hours live contact with the course tutor, both in a group with your classmates and individually for each course unit. The contact hours give you input, guidance, feedback and answers to questions you may have about the course and the assessed output tasks. In addition to live contact, you get feedback on your assessed output tasks. Your course tutor will e-moderate your work and provide guidance.


How do I apply and pay?

You must first apply to take the course. Click here to apply.

After you are accepted, you must pay for the course to reserve your place. Click here to pay.

After you have paid, your course place is guaranteed. One week before the course starts, we will send you your welcome pack that includes your login details.


CertPT course schedule

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Week 1

  1. Welcome and introduction to the course
  2. Teaching methodology
  3. Receptive and productive tasks
  4. Language clarification, motivation and correction
  5. Practical teaching skills
  6. Assessed outputs task reviews
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Week 2

  1. Review of lesson staging
  2. Text-based presentation
  3. Test-teach-test
  4. Task based learning
  5. Lesson aims
  6. Lesson stage aims
  7. Lesson cohesion
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Week 3

  1. Base language vs English language
  2. Translation
  3. Translanguaging
  4. Parallel texts
  5. Task 4 input – reflection on resource
  6. Submit assessed outputs task 3
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Week 4

  1. Assessment for learning
  2. Success criteria
  3. Differentiation
  4. Critical moments (plan vs learners, learning to be flexible)
  5. Submit assessed outputs tasks 1 and 2
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Week 5

  1. Using feedback to feed forward
  2. Accuracy vs fluency
  3. Classroom management review
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Week 6

  1. Course review
  2. Revisiting strengths and weaknesses
  3. Self-evaluation
  4. Reflective journal
  5. Evidence-based review
  6. Creating an action plan for ongoing development
  7. Submit assessed outputs task 4

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